December 2010


Members of the Kenyan Policy Hub

Members of the Kenyan Policy Hub

The Kenyan Policy Hub convened on 8th December 2010 to call for a more vibrant and independent “Kenyan Pro-poor Livestock Policy Forum”, building on its experiences with  IGAD LPI. Having looked at a range of options for its sustainability after IGAD LPI ends in February 2012, the Forum proposed the continuation of its mandate, but with a new structure and a renewed commitment to advance the cause of poorer and women livestock keepers.  The Policy Hub underscored the need for linkages with government to preserve its policy relevance,  but proposed strengthening its advocacy role by locating itself beyond government structures. This would be through a task force comprised of government, civil society organisations, private sector, international organisations, inter-governmental organisations and regional bodies.
Although the Information Node would continue to be located within government structures it would be elevated to the departmental level with an expanded mandate.

Dr. Julia Kinyua, who has been facilitating the growth of the Policy Hub for the last two years, welcomed its analysis and recommendations as another step in the Policy Hub’s coming of age. “It is very gratifying to see the Hub mature and take its role in articulating the voice of poor and women livestock keepers so seriously” she added.

IGAD LPI Steering Committee Members

The 6th Steering Committee (SC), held on 14th and 15th December in Naivasha, Kenya, stressed the importance of maintaining the momentum of the Policy Hubs and the Information Nodes created by IGAD LPI across all IGAD member states, after the end of the project in February 2012. National Steering Committee Members presented their plans for national internalisation of project institutions, following discussions held within their policy hubs. Their proposals were in some cases ambitious, while others represented a fundamental re-think on their preferred  structure. In all cases, however, they re-affirmed that, building on the experience of IGAD LPI and the policy hubs, there is a strongly felt need for strong, poverty focussed national think-tanks, coupled to policy making.

IGAD further presented its plans for continuing the work of IGAD LPI after its closure in February 2012, which will in large part be taken forward by the forthcoming IGAD livestock centre. Commending the work done by IGAD LPI, Mr Maina Karaba, Acting Director of Agriculture and Environment at the IGAD Secretariat, and Chairperson of the Meeting, explained how the centre would build up on what has been achieved so far by IGAD LPI.

Presenting the proposed workplan for 2011, IGAD LPI’s Chief Technical Adviser, Dr Dil Peeling, stressed that with 14 months left to run, the project was not yet ready to wind down. He proposed several areas of engagement which would be coupled to a process of lesson learning in order to inform the institutionalisation of project gains at national level, and the establishment of the centre at regional level.  

IGAD LPI SCM Recommendations

The PRSP TWG of the Sudan Policy Hub discussing project proposals

The PRSP TWG of the Sudan Policy Hub discussing project proposals

This week, the Policy Hubs in Djibouti and Uganda met to decide how they intend to institutionalise and maintain their Policy Hubs, working groups and Information Nodes. In the Sudan, the Technical Working Group convened to consolidate livestock project proposals for further action by their Policy Hub.

The Djiboutian Policy Hub, attended by IGAD LPI Chief Technical Adviser Dil Peeling, agreed on an action plan that foresees better representation of women and of senior officials and that establishes a legal status for the institutions. Dr. Otieno Mtula attended the Policy Hub in Uganda, which examined ways through which the national Policy Hub and Information Node could be institutionalised to keep advocating and supporting pro-poor policy processes in the country after IGAD LPI closes in February 2012 and established a smaller sub-group to finalise their plan. The meeting also examined concepts being developed for inclusion in the country’s development planning. Dr Abdi Jama, IGAD LPI Livestock Information Adviser, took part in a Sudanese Technical Working Group meeting on better representation of livestock in the National Development Plans. The meeting focused on consolidating the array of priority small projects identified so far into larger projects and programs to be incorporated in the Country’s Poverty Eradication Paper.  These projects will be submitted to the Policy Hub chaired by the Ministry of Animal Resources and Fisheries for final review, based on their poverty and gender focus. The meeting is scheduled for the end of December.