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The Localisation, Inclusion, and Sustainability Activity (LISA) delegation, in collaboration with the USAID HERO PROJECT, convened at Kenyatta University to conduct a swift evaluation and engage in deliberations aimed at pinpointing organisational needs for advancement. Spearheaded by the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, Ag. Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation, and Outreach), Prof. Caroline Thoruwa, underscored the transformative influence of the project on society, citing the exemplary impact in Elgeyo Marakwet.

Currently, there are ongoing initiatives at the county level spanning across 10 counties, including Kwale, Kilifi, Taita-Taveta, Kajiado, Meru, Nyandarua, Nakuru, Uasin Gishu, and Baringo, with Elgeyo Marakwet included. These endeavors are aimed at securing the longevity of achievements. Nzoya Munguti, the Activity Manager at USAID Kenya, and Lennah Kanyangi, responsible for Local Partner Capacity Development at USAID, Kenya and East Africa, highlighted the promising collaborations poised to yield long-term benefits within and beyond the partnership of Kenyatta University, LISA, and USAID.

The KU-led USAID HERO project has convened 10 county governments to share learning, best practices, and challenges towards implementation of the Facility Improvement Fund (FIF) Law. This law provides the legal framework for health facilities to retain revenue collected and use it to improve service delivery. The USAID HERO project works to improve evidence generation, health financing and social protection systems for better health outcomes in Kenya both at the National and County levels.

Additionally, this collaboration stands as a significant key performance indicator for the University. In addition to the HERO Project, Kenyatta University is also home to the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Regional Centre, East Africa, another USAID initiative. This underscores the institution's steadfast commitment to fostering innovation for sustainable individual and societal progress.

Discussions revolved around themes of sustainable grant progression, bridging the divide between public and private entities, and fostering innovative approaches for enhancing collaboration among the trio of stakeholders. Bernadette Omondi, the Capacity Assessment and Building Lead, and Christine Wachira, the Programme Manager at LISA, highlighted their pivotal roles in capacity strengthening and development within the project.

Furthermore, emphasis was placed on the long-term benefits envisioned through policy analysis and development, financial sustainability, and social protection within the partnership.

Expressing his satisfaction, Ag. Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration and Finance), Prof. Nelson Wawire, commended Kenyatta University's unwavering dedication to the project, equating it with past endeavors such as the Women’s Economic Empowerment Hub, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Over the next two days, Kenyatta University will undertake a rapid assessment of the project in collaboration with the trio, aiming to enhance familiarity with project modules and frameworks for improved alignment. As the project enters its second year, it is hoped that Kenyatta University's commitment to continual enhancement will secure its continued involvement in the coming years.

Kenyatta University recently hosted Prof. Toyin Falola, a distinguished Nigerian Historian and Professor of African Studies. His visit, marked by scholarly exchange and intellectual camaraderie, left an indelible mark on the academic landscape of the institution.

During his time at Kenyatta University, Prof. Falola graced the Department of History, Archaeology, and Political Studies with his presence, participating in the department's monthly public seminar series. The focus of his presentation was on "Scholarly Reflections on Democratization and State Security in Africa," a topic of immense relevance and significance in the contemporary African context.

The event provided a platform for profound insights and rigorous academic discourse, drawing from Prof. Falola's vast expertise and deep understanding of African history and politics. His engaging presentation captivated the audience, offering nuanced perspectives on the challenges and opportunities surrounding democratization and state security across the continent.

One highlight of Prof. Falola's visit was his interaction with Kenyatta University's leadership, particularly Prof. James Kungu, the Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic). The exchange of ideas and experiences between these eminent scholars not only enriched the academic environment but also fostered cross-cultural understanding and collaboration.

In a courtesy call to the office of Prof. Waceke Wanjohi, the Ag. Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Falola further emphasized the importance of academic partnerships and knowledge sharing in advancing African scholarship. His visit underscored the significance of international collaboration in addressing complex issues facing the African continent.

Prof. Falola's presence at Kenyatta University served as a testament to the institution's commitment to academic excellence and intellectual engagement. His expertise and scholarly contributions added immense value to the academic community, inspiring students and faculty alike to delve deeper into the critical issues shaping Africa's past, present, and future.

As Kenyatta University continues to foster a vibrant academic environment, distinguished visitors like Prof. Toyin Falola contribute significantly to its intellectual vibrancy and global reputation. Their insights and perspectives catalyse meaningful dialogue and scholarly inquiry, propelling the institution towards greater heights in academic excellence and innovation.

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