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Community Development Overview

Community development (CD) involves a community coming together and working collectively towards finding solutions to the problems that affect them. This could be addressing physical improvements, such as roads, housing, sanitation, drainage, system and farming; functional activities like health, education, protection and recreation; and social activities such as entrepreneurship and self-reliance projects. There is a close alignment between the outcomes envisaged in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the outcomes of almost all community development efforts whether they are focusing on issues of poverty, exclusion, inequality, lack of power or discrimination

Community development is also recognised as a critical element in Kenya’s development path. The social pillar of Vision 2030 for instance speaks to community development by seeking to ‘create just, cohesive and equitable social development’. In order to realize the greatest development results for communities, ILEG will focus on stimulating, encouraging, aiding and assisting local communities in improving their standards of living by promoting education; civic engagement; entrepreneurship and youth development; and information and communication (ICT). The objective of the Community Development Programme is to enhance the standard of living of local communities in Kenya by   promoting education, entrepreneurship, civic engagement and information and communication technology (ICT).

  • To support bright students from poor backgrounds to access quality education by being able to attend and stay in school.
  • To promote sustainable youth entrepreneurship through awareness raising, training and mentorship programmes.
  • To strengthen the capacity of local communities to participate in development policy and decision-making and to engage with and monitor performance and demand accountability by government and other stakeholders.
  • To strengthen the capacity of local communities in Kenya to access and utilize Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to support community development programmes.
  1. Education
  • Provide basic school requirements to bright and needy students in tertiary education
  • Facilitate access to healthy meals to bright and needy students in universities by funding their meal cards to sustain them through the school semester.
  • Work with beneficiaries in university level to mentor younger children into embracing good values and morals.
  1. Civic Engagement
  • Train community members and civil society on public participation and civic engagement.
  • Support community members to participate in county and national planning and policy making, implementation and oversight processes
  • Set up ILEG Siaya Community Resource Centre as a one-stop information, communication and civic engagement hub.
  • Facilitate public access to updated public documents and information (both soft and hard copies) relevant to democratic governance and sustainable development.
  • Entrepreneurship and Youth Development
  • Train and mentor the youth on entrepreneurship skills
  • Hold county-level meetings between youth entrepreneurs and innovators, private sector and the County Governments on support to youth entrepreneurship.
  • Conduct outreach support and counselling, group work/peer support, and relationship counselling for the youth.
  • Conducting forums to recognize and celebrate positive youth activities and providing assistance in gaining access to social, environmental, and economic resources.
  • Offer volunteer positions, training and professional development opportunities for the youth
  1. Information and Communication Technology (ICTs)
  • Sensitize and train local communities and community groups on the use of the internet and other information and communication technologies (ICTs).
  • Facilitate access and use of the internet and other information and communication technologies (ICTs) by local communities and community groups.
  • Hold policy dialogues to advocate for broader access to ICTs by the poor and marginalised groups.

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Siaya Community Resource Centre

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