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The African Women Studies Centre (AWSC), University of Nairobi received a grant funded by the United Nations Development Programme to implement activities under Amkeni Wakenya call 4- Implementation of article 43 (1) of the constitution of Kenya on economic and social rights. The project was implemented from November 2012 to September 2013. The total grant amount allocated was Ksh 4,250,000.00.
AusAID Phase I: Making Women and Gender Count in the Implementation of Vision 2030
Vision 2030 is the current long term development policy framework for Kenya, which is under implementation through a 5 year medium term plan. In 2011 the African Women’s Studies Centre (AWSC) of the University of Nairobi, together with AusAID, undertook a Project to develop Gender and Policy Analysis Tools in relation to the Vision 2030 Blueprint and the Medium Term Plan (MTP) 2008-2012. The purpose of the Project was to bring into policy and programming the women’s perspectives in order to contribute to influencing macro-economic policies and address poverty and inequality in Kenya so as to increase productivity. It is acknowledged that there exist inequalities in the distribution of wealth and resources, gender and diversity being one of the most persistent axes of inequality of distribution of resources and a key factor in the feminisation of poverty. The Centre believes that lack of utilization of women’s knowledge and experiences in policy formulation and programming is a major contributing factor to low productivity and persisting inequalities and to the current status of women and the marginalised in our societies. To reduce poverty in Kenya, there is a need to take women’s perspectives on board macroeconomic policies like the Vision 2030 and the Medium Term Plan for the period 2013 – 2017.
Absence of women’s views and perspectives in policy and programming continues to promote lop-sided development, perpetuation of poverty and promotion of inequality. For effective community level development activities, women’s experiences, vision and philosophy of life need to be incorporated into policy formulation and programming. For this to be realized there is a need to use the generated knowledge to audit the Vision 2030 flagship projects and Medium Term Plan 2008 – 2012 and ensure that MTP 2013 – 2017 takes gender and women issues on board. This would reduce gender inequalities and ensure that all citizens enjoy a high quality of life.
It is in view of this that the Centre carried out research to audit the flagship projects in the country from women’s perspectives to influence development of projects through utilization of women’s experiences to effect change for economic empowerment of women and ultimately to improve livelihoods of members of the society. The Centre recognizes that women will play a major role towards the achievement of the objectives of the Vision 2030 Document and the Medium Term Plan 2013 – 2017.
AusAID Phase II: “Influencing Policies and Programmes in Vision 2030 and Documenting Women’s Experiences”
The African Women’s Studies Centre (AWSC) University of Nairobi, with the support of Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) through Australia-Africa Community Grants Scheme (AACGS) undertook a project on development of Gender and Policy Analysis Tools in relation to the Vision 2030 and the Mid-Term Plan 2008-2012 in the year 2011. The aim of this project was to bring into policy and programming the women’s perspectives in order to contribute to influencing macro-economic policies so as to address poverty and inequality in Kenya and increase productivity.
In building up on the achievements and experiences from the Phase I Project the Center with continues support from AusAID embarked on the second phase titled Influencing policies and programmes of Vision 2030 and documenting women’s experiences. It builds on the experiences of Phase I and the lessons learnt.
It focused on auditing identified flagship projects in four key sectors of the Vision 2030 and MTP 2008–2012, on how they are impacting on the lives of Kenyan people especially the women including their empowerment, improvement of their economic status, status in society, improving livelihoods and that of their communities, the linkage between culture and development, among others.
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