H.E. Deputy Governor Christine Kilalo has officially opened the one-day-long Participation Reflection and Review Process PRRP workshop in Kishushe organised by the County Government of Taita Taveta and ActionAid.
The gathering aimed at reviewing program implementation, experiences, and lessons learnt and creating a way forward to inform subsequent planning hence creating tailor-made programmes for the grassroots level people.
The people’s outcry was on issues of poverty, human-wildlife conflict, social injustices and hunger, among other issues.
“ Governor Mwadime’s administration has an open door policy for donors and partners to work with Taita Taveta people in a bid to uplift living standards. Several meetings have been put in place to construct long-term strategies that will create localised solutions to mentioned issues. We will continue talks with the Kenya Wildlife Service KWS to bring the human-wildlife conflict to a halt,” the Deputy Governor noted while thanking ActionAid for their participatory projects with the community.
She added that investors are welcome, terming them as instruments of development.
“ There are avenues for dialogue with them so we can know their scopes of work and better understand their areas of interest. This is to avoid duplication of efforts and encourage proper utilisation of funds,” she stated.
ActionAid Coordinator Pauline Atieno lauded the Deputy Governor for her profound statement and called for increased partnerships to create social justice and stem poverty.
“ I believe this is possible as there is a good working relationship between duty bearers and beneficiaries, “ Atieno added.
On gender equity, the Deputy Governor concluded by saying,” Either gender has a vital role in society. Hence men and women playing their required roles in society help to ensure better gender relations and a balance in the community. A lot of emphasis has been on the girl child, however, with the current circumstances more efforts are directed to the boy child as well.”