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New Momentum to Resolve Challenges in Land Management in Kenya

The quest for an end to the perennial challenges in land management in Kenya has today benefited from a new thrust. This followed a resolution by over thirty land sector actors to launch the National Engagement Strategy, which provides for a multi-stakeholder platform, to coordinate activities towards resolving the perennial land management challenges in Kenya.

The decision followed a two-day workshop on 18th and 19th January, 2017 aimed at formulating the National Engagement Strategy. Participants in the workshop included representatives of national and international Non-governmental Organizations, Intergovernmental Organizations, Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development, Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, The National Irrigation Board, and the European Commission.

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The Land Question: Kenya geared towards formulation of a National Engagement Strategy

This September, Kenya starts the move towards setting up a multi-stakeholder platform for engagement on land. The aim is to foster positive discourse and decisive actions towards the goal of people centred land governance in Kenya.

Kenya based members of the International Land Coalition, under the coordination of ELCI, will work together to eventually establish a National Engagement Strategy. The International Land Coalition is a global coalition of mainly civil society and intergovernmental organizations working together to improve land governance.

Land is a natural resource that elicits a myriad of thoughts, both positive and negative, in Kenya. Land issues are considered emotive, with a high regard placed on ownership, access and control.

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New Project in Partnership with Both ENDS and Via Water

ELCI launches a 2-year project titled Empowering People and Nature; Promoting a Negotiated Approach in Sustainable Sand Utilization’ in Kilome Sub County of Makueni County, Kenya. This project aims to promote integrated water resource management (IWRM) through sustainable sand harvesting, while working with resource user groups, the local communities, the private sector and the County Government in Kilome Sub County.

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ELCI Strategic Plan 2016-2020

ELCI launches new strategic plan 2016-2020 which captures development aspirations of members, board, secretariat and partners of ELCI. During this period, ELCI will develop and implement programmes within three thematic areas:

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ELCI appoints new Executive Director

After acting as the Executive Director for a period of time, Mr. Kennedy Orwa was confirmed as the Executive Director of ELCI by the Board of Directors in May this year. Mr. Orwa holds a degree in communications from Daystar University (Kenya), and a certificate in Institutional Management and Business Planning (International), from Plymouth University (United Kingdom). He has nearly fifteen years’ experience in development work, both in environmental and social contexts

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The New Host of International Land Coalition (ILC) Africa Region

ELCI’s long partnership with the International Land Coalition (ILC) has evolved to a host relationship. In this regard, ELCI hosts the Regional Coordination Unit of the ILC Africa Network, within its office in Nairobi, Kenya.

This relationship is founded on a hosting agreement signed with ILC in March 2016 in Nairobi and Rome. As the host, ELCI has the role of providing the necessary policy, administrative and institutional support for the effective and efficient operations of ILC in Africa.

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