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KDI School Hosts Development Education for Kenyan Officials in Institutional Transformation

18 Dec, 2018 KDIS News Center 1,222

KDI School, in co-operation with KOICA, hosted a two-week-long training program for ten Kenyan delegates from October 25 to November 7 as part of its commitment to assist the Kenya School of Government and the state to achieve its mission in  ‘Institutional Transformation for Improved Public Sector Productivity’.

The program was designed to align with the present Kenyan government’s development agenda known as the “Big Four”. The “Big Four” agendas are Sustainable Development Goals that are currently big issues in Kenya. These include Affordable Housing, Universal Healthcare, Food Security-Agriculture, and Manufacturing. Site visits for the Kenyan delegates were arranged to show key institutions that were vital to attaining Korea’s Big Four agendas, such as the Korean Development Institute, National Agency for Administrative City Construction, Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education & Training, Sejong Integrated Information Center, Sejong Health Care Center, Sejong Garbage Collection Facility, and the Boram-dong Complex Community Center.

The program also had well-rounded experts delivering a series of seminars ranging from topics like Conflict and Change Management to Revolutionary Approaches for Sustainable Transport.

The Kenyan officials who learned much from the program had many positive comments regarding the program. -According to Mr. Simon Angote, HR Director and representative of the Kenyan delegation, the program was inclusive and beneficial in addressing all the four focus sectors in which Kenya is striving to improve its efficiency and effectiveness in the coming years. Mr.Angote elaborated on the importance of leadership commitment and goal attainment through strategic planning — setting specific objectives and deadlines — which, he said,  has been a great take away from the program. He was confident that through leader commitment Kenya would not only be able to empower public participation but also ultimately achieve the goals set in the Big Four agenda.

Mrs. Florence Kaira, an HR Manager,mentioned that in order to fully maximize the gains from this knowledge-sharing partnership, future exchange programs would be needed to contribute to attaining Kenya’s current agenda. Precisely, these exchange programs could enhance capacity building and serve as a platform to transfer the necessary technical skills needed in the four sectors to Kenyans.

Mrs. Rebecca Keli, Chief ICT Officer, emphasized the dire need for technological advancements  in Kenya in order to achieve the goals of the Big Four agenda and for Kenya’s transition into smart cities as envisioned by the current government. Hence, there was much learning to be gained from Korea’s development experience, especially insights into its investment strategies for technical and vocational education which, in turn, could serve as a benchmark for other developing countries.

The most important and, perhaps, a challenging task for Kenya now lies in the implementation process. Transfer of knowledge, skills, and insights will always require the domestication of ideas. Therefore, although the program has been a success in terms of its usefulness in covering the main areas of focus, the lessons learned will need to be translated through the Kenyan minds if they are to bear fruit. We hope that our fellow Kenyan officials are successful in their endeavors’ transforming their proud nation.

 


By Stella CONSELHO (2018 MDP, Mozambique)