Project 1

As a non governmental organisation (Verein), Kenya Development associates-Germany has set itself goals on specific economic issues and democratisation process to be reviewed after every two calendar years.

Collaboration is conducted in both development and political milieus.

The Association’s programmes and activities are derived from members subscribing to its objectives.

Development

KDA fosters self reliance on food at the grassroot and community level, by persuading the rural communities to form small Cooperatives Unions to which the Association can in turn provide agricultural implements to enhance subsistence food production. A pilot project started with two donated tractors is going on at the Coast Province and its success will be a showcase and encouragement for the Association to extend the programmes to other needy areas in the country.

Training

Education: feedback from the German Education Exchange on our proposals requesting them to review their policy on disbursement of stipends which in our opinion seems to favour post graduate studies and not tertiary education for skilled middle cadre manpower known to improve and sustain growth. KDA has appealed DAAD to retain in Germany a ¼ of the scholarship for eligible Kenyan to undergo skill training in various fields. Similarly, College of International Management of Holland has shown willingness to initiate academic exchange programme with one of the Kenyan universities KDA has identified and is yet to respond to our dispatch.

feedback from the German Education Exchange on our proposals requesting them to review their policy on disbursement of stipends which in our opinion seems to favour post graduate studies and not tertiary education for skilled middle cadre manpower known to improve and sustain growth. KDA has appealed DAAD to retain in Germany a ¼ of the scholarship for eligible Kenyan to undergo skill training in various fields. Similarly, College of International Management of Holland has shown willingness to initiate academic exchange programme with one of the Kenyan universities KDA has identified and is yet to respond to our dispatch.

Political Parties

The lack of distinctive principles and well defined political conviction with which to distinguish them from one another has rendered their differences vague and inconsequential. The election platforms they provide to the electorate, is self-serving for most part. Perhaps the only differentiation is their impressive sounding names and those of their benefactors. Besides challenging the short-comings of the government of the day, they have no viable alternative of governance. KDA is working closely with various external NGOs in their effort to help the Kenyan society draw a line between freedom of association rather than the current obsession of forming political parties under the guise of democracy. KDA has forwarded these proposals to a few lawmakers so they can be raised at the impending debate on Party Bill. Part of the proposals curtails proliferation of phoney parties, and suggests a reduction of their number to a realistic level of civility by setting a mandatory number of registered and duly paid up membership. This would be a prerequisite to participate in Electoral Commission of Kenya administered elections which, inadvertently may also lead to national cohesion emanating from profundity of well defined confederacy.

KDA is also optimistic that, during the debate members shall shade light on the devious "government of national unity" currently in place and in total exclusion of prior consultation with the leadership of the political parties concerned.

Trade Policy

KDA’s stand on this vital sector of Kenyan economy has not been given the attention it deserves by the Trade Ministry. The Board will compile a petition to be presented to the Kenyan Embassy at an appropriate time, but definitely before the end of the year. KDA is emphatic of the need to deploy competent personnel. They must be proficient in the language of their duty station, in order to enable them to be more effective in identifying potential markets, trade negotiations, and advance the merits of trade with Kenya. It is KDA’s opinion is anachronistic method of the cold war diplomacy should be replaced by a contemporary approach that is both business-oriented and professional.

Honorary Consuls is another aspect of image and trade promotion, KDA believes would be of some importance for Kenya to carve itself rightful market share of its export products.This issue of Honorary Consuls in German major towns had already been put to the Government and will be revisited after 2007.

Tourism

Equally affected by lack of commitment of the Government, the above mentioned petition shall include KDA’s disapproval of closing down the Reepresentative Office and placing the marketing docket in foreign hands that would care less about our national destiny. Germany as a major source of tourist trade worldwide ought to be nurtured with utmost dedication to capture the category of clients lost to European Coastal strips and other exotic islands.