Supporting County Community Led Development

The objective of this Component is to strengthen the capacity of county governments to support community-led development initiatives. The county governments will be supported through the provision of technical advisory services (e.g., public extension services); supervision of SPs; creation of an enabling environment for the private sector and PPPs to operate; and financing of inter-community investments (e.g., catchment or landscape-wide and large rural infrastructure) based on priorities, as well as employment programs related to O&M of these investments. This Component will also enable county governments to establish mechanisms for effective citizen engagement through consultations, sensitizations, capacity building, and partnerships.

The component is implemented through two key sub component: Capacity Building of Counties and County Investments and Employment Programs

Sub-component 3.1 Capacity Building of Counties

This subcomponent aims at building capacity of participating counties in the area of community-led development of agricultural and alternative livelihoods. The project will ensure that capacity building under this subcomponent is coordinated and harmonized with the National Capacity Building Framework (NCBF) and other donors’ ongoing initiatives. Proposed activities will be related to: (i) stakeholder engagement through sensitization and awareness creation to become familiar with project objectives and “philosophy”; (ii) preparation of a CNA and CBP for each participating county; and (iii) capacity building through: (a) various short-term training efforts (including the development of relevant standard training manuals and IEC materials) and TA, and (b) facilitation of relevant CTD staff (e.g., providing logistics, tools, and basic equipment).

The key outputs under this sub component are:

  • Capacity Building plan developed
  • Capacity Building plan implemented

Subcomponent 3.2: County Investments and Employment Programs

This subcomponent aims at investing in key agricultural and rural development infrastructure, as well as NRM investments that span multiple targeted communities. It will support short-term employment during the off-season, particularly for VMGs and unemployed/out-of-school youth (refer to the project’s VMGF). The employment opportunities will largely be created under public works using cash-for-work opportunities and facilitated by concerned county governments through participatory targeting approaches.

Typical Multi-community investments supported by counties will include: (i) landscape-wide SLM investments, such as water harvesting and storage facilities and rehabilitation of degraded areas (e.g., water catchments, river banks, gullies, areas affected by landslides, and deforested/degraded lands)35 and (ii) VC-related infrastructure investments, such as spot improvements on access and feeder roads, footbridges across rivers, livestock dips and watering points, check dams, and small-scale irrigation and drainage schemes.

The key outputs under this sub component are:

  • Investments in Key Agricultural Development and Rural Infrastructure co-financed
  • County Level Investments prioritized in County ADP
  • County Level Investments Integrated in CIDP
  • Citizen engagement in project identification enhanced
  • Multi-community investments projects identified
  • Concept Notes on VC related investments approved
  • Youths and VMGs linked to Service providers (Contractors/SCTT)
  • Unemployed Youths and VMGs identified