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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.

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