NAIROBI: MORE than 30 local foundations are poised to benefit from a partnership between the United Kingdom Department for International Development (UKAID) and the M-PESA Foundation.
The two organisations have organised a networking event aimed at improving connections among the foundations.
The informal meeting allowed foundations to share their experiences and discuss how to improve delivery, collaboration and measure results.
Other key issues such us transparency and accountability was discussed in the meeting.
The foundations appealed for support from Government.
Participants at the event included bilateral donors, foundations and Government of Kenya representatives.
Head of DFID Kenya, Lisa Phillips, highlighted the importance of foundations in the country’s development.
“Foundations are increasing in number and range of activity and they are known globally for fostering innovation. Kenya is an emerging hub for foundation activity. Today we have reviewed how foundations can collectively improve their impact and better deliver in line with Kenya’s Vision 2030,” she said.
Principal Secretary, Ministry of Devolution and Planning, Peter Mangiti, who hailed the organisations behind the initiative to enhance networking among local foundations, pledged government’s commitment to the growth of such organisations.
“I thank M-Pesa Foundation and UKaid for organizing this event, I would like to state that from the onset that working together is a clear demonstration of the Public Private Partnerships that we encourage in this country,” he said.
“We have recognised that Micro Small Medium Enterprise (MSME) are key drivers in the growth of our economy and creation of employment. I therefore encourage the organisations present to promote and work closely with the MSME,” he added.
Ultimately, the foundations agreed to continue funding innovative projects that focus on human and economic development to empower locals and their counterparts in the region.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY