DfID Kenya Head Julius Court visits UKaid funded projects in Turkana

Julius Court in Turkana
Department for International Development Head Julius Court during his visit to Turkana County. Photo: Twitter/UKinKenya

Newly appointed Department for International Development Head Julius Court, visited Turkana County yesterday where he joined the Frontier Counties Development Council regional economic bloc meeting.

Speaking at the meeting, Mr Court said: “The UK government looks forward to continued partnership with FCDC Counties, providing support through our programmes in health, education, social protection, value chains, climate change, peace, refugees and strengthening government systems.”

Julius Court in Turkana
Julius Court at the Frontier Counties Development Council regional economic bloc meeting. Photo: Twitter/FCDCKenya

He later visited UKaid funded projects to see the work being done to reduce extreme poverty in Kenya.

While in Turkana, Mr Court met with beneficiaries of the Hunger Safety Net Programme and witnessed innovative biometric technology being used to ensure cash transfers reach the right people.

Hunger Safety Net Programme biometrics
Biometric technology is used to ensure cash transfers reach the right people. Photo: Twitter/UKinKenya

Britain is continuing to support the Kenyan Government with the HSNP cash transfer initiative which is scaling up to 26,000 extra households in Turkana and Wajir to address the current food stress issue.

In Turkana, DfID supports the Kenya Market Assistance Programme (MAP). Launched in August 2012 and running until March 2020, the £48.2 million programme seeks to build effective and accessible markets by tackling the underlying causes of poor performance in markets that matter to poor people, in order to create sustainable impact.

Julius Court in Turkana
Mr Court visited UKaid funded projects during his visit to Turkana County. Photo: Twitter/UKinKenya

Examples of underlying causes of poor performance include inadequate access to information (such as how, when and why water companies are losing water, or where the latest job opportunities are), inadequate training (such as how to use feritlizers to optimise soil nutrients or how to obtain skills needed in the workplace), inadequate accreditation/certification/standards (allowing for the sale of substandard or counterfieght goods), and insuffient networks (missing opportunities to better connect suppliers with buyers) etc.

Julius Court speaking during his visit to Turkana. Video: Twitter/TurkanaCountyKE

In order to improve markets, MAP supports market facilitators that work with the private sector, government and membership organizations.

Julius Court in Turkana
Julius Court joined the Frontier Counties Development Council regional economic bloc meeting during his visit to Turkana County. Photo: Twitter/UKinKenya

Since launch, MAP has consisted of three core components:

  1. Kenya Markets Trust (£38.3M), supporting agricultural and basic service sectors comprising water, agricultural inputs, seeds, livestock and dairy sectors. This component is implemented by Kenya Markets Trust (KMT) and co-funded by Gatsby Africa which currently contributes a grant of £3M as well as £1M worth of technical assistance to support the institutional strengthening of KMT. 
  2. Youth Employment (£5.5M), by promoting the development of new job opportunities for youth in Mombasa County. This component was implemented by Adam Smith International (ASI) and came to an end in June 2017.
  3. Extractives (£4.4M), by promoting improved governance of the extractives sector in Kenya. This component was implemented by Adam Smith International (ASI) and ended in June 2016.
Julian Court in Turkana
Julian Court during his visit to Turkana. Photo: Twitter/FCDCKenya

The Frontier Counties Development Council thanked Mr Court for meeting governors just four days into his new appointment.

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