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ESA Regional Hub City Consultations

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In March 2023, as part of its ongoing outreach to local governments and other key stakeholders in East and Southern Africa (ESA), the Strong Cities ESA Regional Hub met with representatives from a range of national and local government institutions in Kenya. These included the Office of the Deputy President, State Department for Devolution, the National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC), the County Assemblies Forum (CAF) and the Council of Governors (COG). The latter two bring together the executive and legislative wings of the 47 county governments in the country.

The meetings built on the Regional Hub’s Inaugural Workshop (October 2022) and Strong Cities engagement with Kenyan county governments and national agencies since 2017. They were aimed at introducing the ESA Regional Hub and its pillars to an expanded set of stakeholders in the country and soliciting their inputs on hub priorities for Kenya and the wider region.

Throughout the engagements, the Strong Cities team underscored how this was the first step in engaging local governments and other key stakeholders in Kenya through the Regional Hub and that the consultations will continue in the coming months to further incorporate Kenya-specific priorities in its work. 

Among the agreed next steps for the Regional Hub in Kenya include deepening and expanding engagement with Governors so they can better understand their comparative advantages in prevention, the counties’ prevention mandate and the importance of working with the county assemblies to catalyse it. In addition, there was consensus on the need for the Regional Hub to focus particular attention on newly elected Governors of counties which are already members of Strong Cities in order to ensure the continuation and sustainability of the prevention efforts initiated by their predecessors.


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