Department for International Development (DfID) Kenya Head, Julius Court was among the speakers at the 4th Annual Legislative Summit at the Grand Royal Swiss Hotel in Kisumu County this week.
Speaking on behalf of the Devolution Donor Working Group, Mr Court outlined the 4 principles for the success of devolution; inclusion, impact, integrity and innovation.
“As development partners, the UK remains committed to supporting devolution efforts that will have real impact on people’s lives,” he told the summit.
Tweeting later, Mr Court added that “devolution is a major opportunity to improve the lives of all Kenyans.”
On the sidelines of the summit, Mr Court joined a Uraia Trust forum exploring the role of civil society in accountability and devolution.
“Civil society make an enormous contribution on gender, youth and disability among many issues,“ the DfID head said.
While in Kisumu, Mr Court paid a cisit Joyland Special School to learn about how UKaid through the Girls’ Education Challenge is supporting young ladies with disabilities.
He also paid a courtesy call on Kisumu Governor Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o to discuss DfID engagement with the Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB) and explore opportunities for continued partnership.
Following the meeting, Mr Court Tweeted his thanks to the Governor, describing him as “perhaps Kenya’s wisest thinker on development, democracy and devolution.”