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Launch of the NIMD/AWEPA/MFA five year Strategic Partnership on ‘Conducive Environments for Effective Policy Influencing: The Role of Political Parties and Parliaments’ in Kenya.

The Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa (AWEPA) and the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy – NIMD/ Centre for Multiparty Democracy – CMD officially launched a five-year Strategic Partnership (SP) programme in Kenya. on Tuesday, 26th of April 2016 at the Hotel Intercontinental starting at 7:30am to 9:30am. The Speaker of the National Assembly Hon. Justin B. Muturi, wh is also a pask Chairman of CMD- Kenya (2011- 2013) was agreed the Chief Guest.

This SP was an award from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the NIMD/AWEPA alliance out of 25 organisations. Kenya is one of the awardees out of seven countries in Africa. In Kenya the NIMD works closely with and through CMD- Kenya.

A key focus of this partnership is to improve the public access and participation of Parliamentarians in line with the Constitution of Kenya 2010 Article 118, 1 a) and b) as well as 2. This is in order to support political and civic actors to effectively lobby and influence political and policy processes to advocate for inclusive and equitable social change.   Within this broad overarching goal, the partners will jointly contribute to the following three specific goals in Kenya:
a)To improve the enabling environment for effective policy influencing on inclusive and equitable development.
b)To strengthen the policy influencing capacities and responsiveness of political parties, parliamentarians and civil society actors as drivers for inclusive social change through trust building, gender-sensitive agenda setting and inclusive dialogue.
c)To develop the organizational capacities of partner organizations (implementing partners, political parties and parliament) to autonomously and effectively advocate for effective policy influencing in partnership with civil society.

  
Johan Van Hecke,AWEPA Advisor Eastern Africa Region giving a speech.   Justin B Muturi, Speaker of the National Assembly,speaking at the launch
                                                                                              
   
Left:Hon Omingo Magara,CMD-Kenya,Chairman addressing the audience, Right: Anne Nyambura AWEPA Programme Coordnator Kenya,Kris Debref AWEPA Uganda and Johan Van Hecke 
                                

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