Bungoma County and USAID East Africa today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in a meeting designed to improve the state of healthcare and agriculture in Bungoma County.
In a radical departure from the past, the MoU places a premium on locally defined gaps and solutions in a philosophy dubbed “co-owned, co-led and co-managed”.
Governor Wangamati signed on behalf of Bungoma County while Mission Director Mark Meassick signed on behalf of USAID.
Speaking shortly after exchanging the signed MoU, Mark said the new philosophy seeks to strengthen transformational partnership for community-led development and redefines bilateral relations from a paternalistic approach to a structured partnership.
Governor Wangamati lauded the new approach of letting our people define their problems and how they want them solved as critical to transforming society.
He thanked USAID for its funding of PEPFAR through which millions of Kenyans and residents of Bungoma are accessing the life-saving HIV/Aids drugs and therapy.
The two parties constituted technical teams in consultation with residents and Civil Society Organizations scheduled to meet on Thursday, October 28, 2021 to thrash out specific details and needs in both health and agriculture for interventions.
This visit comes weeks after the Governor hosted the British Deputy High Commissioner H.E Julius Court and UNFPA Country Representative Dr. Ademola Olajide in support of urban upgrade and maternal health in the County respectively.