November 23, 2009 at 7:27 am 1 comment

One of the programs run in Kenya is the Samburu Integrated Development Programme in short, SIDEP. SIDEP is an initiative of Choice Humanitarian and Trivani Foundation. It is a program whose objective is to promote local, community and village level leadership by educating and forming (where there are none) village development committees. SIDEP’s main objective is to improve leadership skills and networking between the villages. SIDEP encourages a sense of collective responsibility and nurtures a sense of common destiny among the villages in Samburu and empowers them to take action to tackle their challenges without an over reliance on external support to initiate development projects.

SIDEP seeks to establish organized, competent and empowered community development committees and organizational structures in Samburu Division, Kinango District in the Coast province of Kenya, starting at the village level. The committees formed are in health, cultural and local leadership, economic empowerment, environment and education.

Further to forming the development committees, SIDEP will act as a consultative forum and a link between the community development committees, community stakeholders and other external development partners.

SIDEP establishes community based organizations (CBOs) that are trained on subjects like – general organization and management, resource mobilization utilization and management, project management, proposal writing and fund raising, financial management and networking and alliance building. This is an initiative that requires CHOICE, Trivani Foundation and other stakeholders to partner in mobilizing resources to be able to meet these objectives. So far seven units have been trained and our target is to train twenty units by March 2010. The vision is to have sixty units trained in Kinango district. Our mission for this program is the establishment of functional Community Development Organizations which would eventually assume the roles (Duties) undertaken by bigger local and international Organizations in the district.

Wish us luck!

Oreu Kasanji, Kenya Country Manager


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  • 1. chris peterson  |  December 3, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    I was lucky to sit in on a SIDEP training and saw how invested and motivated the village leaders are, as well as how masterfully the Field Team facilitates and manages the training process.


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