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CUTS ARC Nairobi 2013 Top 5 Achievements

 

Dear all,

 

As CUTS ARC Nairobi, we would like to wish each and every one of you a happy and prosperous 2014!  During the year 2013, we registered many achievements in our areas of work, especially on Research, Advocacy and Networking. We hereby present to you the top five achievements, which were realized as a result of hard work, determination and above all collaboration with all our partners. Through this continued collaboration, we hope to even reach greater heights in the future.

 

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CUTS’ 30th Anniversary thought lecture

CUTS’ 30th Anniversary was celebrated by holding a public lecture dubbed Regional Integration for Sustainable Development in the East African Community. Among the eminent speakers, who graced the occasion and shared from their wealth of knowledge, included Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera, the Secretary General of the East African Community (EAC); and Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi,  the Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The taught lecture attracted more than 250 participants from the civil society, academia, missions, development partners, government, private sector and media. It was noted that by bringing more than 130 million people closer, regional integration is crucial for trade and industrialisation; as well as sound environmental and natural resources management for sustainable development of the region. The speakers challenged the region’s think-tanks and the civil society to provide alternative views to orthodox dialogues and start fashioning development narratives for the region.

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Nomination of CUTS Nairobi to the Digital Television Committee (DTC) in the Digital Kenya http://www.digitalkenya.go.ke/

This was done by the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology to guide the process of digital migration through involvement in the planning and execution of activities under consumer awareness subcommittee. Digital migration which is the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting has been identified as one of the Vision 2030 flagship projects. It aims at transforming the broadcasting sector by making consumers access diverse broadcast content, crisp clear television pictures and sound in addition to ensuring efficient utilization of the broadcasting frequency resource. The transition supports the country’s social development and economic agenda through creation of jobs in the area of content development, distribution of digital receiving equipment as well as rollout and maintenance of the digital signal distribution infrastructure. It is expected to generate foreign exchange and attract direct foreign investment in form of content service provider and infrastructure providers. The digital dividend shall be used to roll out broadband and mobile services thereby supporting universal access to communication services throughout the country.

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Capacity building and knowledge management on climate-food-trade nexus

 

CUTS Nairobi emerged as a key knowledge partner for state and non-state actors on ‘Trade & Climate Change’ issues in the EAC region. This, among other initiatives greatly contributed to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Kenya including a section on trade and environment in the draft Environment Policy. In addition, CUTS was a key and active member in the knowledge management theme under an initiative to take forward the implementation of agricultural priority actions in the Kenya National Climate Change Action Plan 2013-2017, undertaken by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources in collaboration with Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and stakeholders.

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Introducing Social Accountability drive at county levels

 

CUTS Nairobi was able to make inroads to the county level through social accountability training to empower community members to effectively participate in demanding good governance and social accountability by public health service providers. The training imparted knowledge and skill on the concept of good governance, social accountability and the respective tools available to consumers of public health services.

The training shared on some of the best practices from interventions of CUTS in India and other parts of south Asia on the usage of social accountability tools http://cuts-international..org/cart/Documentary-Engaging_Communities_in_Health_Services.htm. It exposed community members on some of the tools that were to be employed during a study in Kisumu County including citizen report card and community monitoring card. Among the beneficiaries of the training included vulnerable community members together with the county leaders including County Representatives, Public Health Officers, community health workers and health committee members.

 

 

 

 

 

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CSO participation in electricity reforms in Kenya and Tanzania

Recognizing the lack of public awareness of institutional and regulatory reforms of the electricity sectors in Kenya and Tanzania, CUTS Nairobi has initiated a project to bring issues related to electricity sector reforms to the public domain in order to push for the facilitation of consumer and CSO participation in regulatory decision-making. Therefore, CUTS has developed working relationships with the relevant sector regulators, CSOs and other key stakeholders and has provided a platform for these groups to directly discuss issues related to consumer protection and participation in the electricity sector. Furthermore, primary research studies in Kenya and Tanzania have been conducted to generate evidence for the lack of consumer awareness and involvement in electricity regulation and reform in order to pave the way for successful advocacy. 

 

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