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KENYA TRANSITION INITIATIVE SUPPORTING INNOVATIVE DEVOLUTION ACTIVITIES The Kenya Transition Initiative provides fast, flexible and uniquely targeted assistance to Kenyan state and nonstate actors conducting innovative devolution activities. The Initiative works through its office in Mombasa to provide support to local organizations, predominantly through grants. DEMOCRACY, RIGHTS, AND GOVERNANCE In August 2010, more than 12 million Kenyans voted in a referendum which adopted a new Constitution mandating sweeping changes. Again, in March 2013, more than 12 million Kenyans voted for a new, representative government that includes county governors, county assemblies, National Assembly members including women’s representatives, a Senate, as well as a new President. USAID will continue


supporting these millions of Kenyans to achieve the envisioned reforms, gender equity, and the devolution of authority and budgetary resources to new county level governments. Americans share Kenyans’ belief that participatory governance will address the historical

With support from USAID’s Yes Youth Can program, 19,218 Taita Taveta youth age 18 - 35 have organized themselves into 460 village-level youth bunges and a Taita Taveta County Youth Bunge Forum. Youth are assuming leadership roles in business, community development, and governance.


injustices that fueled past violence and will enable accelerated and inclusive economic development for all Kenyans.

POPULATION AND HEALTH USAID invests in population and health programs that improve the survival, well-being and productivity of the Kenyan population – especially for poor, marginalized, and underserved communities. USAID partners with the Government of Kenya at the national and county levels to reduce the burden of major infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, address the main causes of childhood disease and maternal mortality, and meet family planning needs. This includes cross-cutting work to strengthen health care systems and capacity, supporting national government to formulate key policies and guidelines, and assisting counties to better plan, manage, and finance quality health services to meet local needs.

AGRICULTURE AND BUSINESS USAID’s Kenya Agriculture Value Chain Enterprises program is interested in improving wholesale market operations, agriculture input services, and linking small holder farmers to domestic and export markets. USAID works with the private sector in agriculture processing, banking, clean energy, and export promotion through many firms. Expanding private sector opportunities and stimulating investment with county government incentives and outreach is within the mandate of the USAID Financial Inclusion in Rural Microenterprises program. USAID can support county government to develop an investment promotion plan.


USAID partners with non-governmental organizations, private sector enterprises, and government entities that successfully respond to competitive solicitations. USAID posts solicitations on two public websites: and Search for Kenya to find the relevant solicitations.

In the early years of devolution, USAID assistance to counties will be delivered through USAID partners. Some of these partners, listed on the back page, already have offices or field staff working in Taita Taveta County. Others may work out of Nairobi or Taita Taveta, but are able to offer technical assistance in Taita Taveta County. To learn if a USAID partner can help you address a specific challenge or take advantage of a specific opportunity, start by talking to USAID. Here is contact information for the USAID staff with whom you can speak:

Strengthening working relations with national bodies such as the Parliament, Transition Authority, National Cohesion and Integration Commission Capacity building for county preparedness Conflict, Mitigation and Reconciliation Building effective working relations with county civil society organizations. Improving public outreach and citizen engagement Promoting gender equity and women’s empowerment Strengthening Health Systems at the County Level

EDUCATION AND YOUTH USAID’s Yes Youth Can program has empowered close to 1,000,000 Kenyan youth to lead their own development, build their communities, expand their economic opportunities, and become responsible members of society. USAID supports programs that provide youth with access to financial services, scholarships and leadership training, health services, conflict mitigation strategies, and workforce programs. NATIONAL AND POLICY PROGRAMS Underpinning the front line programs that USAID supports at the county level are dozens of national level and policy programs that support health systems strengthening, legislative and regulatory work, civil society strengthening and the procurement of health commodities such as antiretroviral drugs and mosquito nets.

Prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS Improving maternal health and child health services Prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of malaria Youth empowerment, youth livelihoods, youth access to finance Scholarships and leadership training for orphans and vulnerable children Increasing access to education for marginalized children Improving reading outcomes in the early grades Feed the Future Expanding private sector opportunities and stimulating investment with county government incentives Wholesale market operations, agriculture input services, and linking small holder farmers to domestic and export markets Protecting wildlife and natural resources; strengthening working relations with Kenya Wildlife Service Resilience and disaster management

John Smith-Sreen 020 862 2853 John Langlois 020 862 2105 Sam Kona 020 862 2482 Monica Azimi, USAID 020-862-2005 Betty Mugo 020 862 2394 Maria Francisco 020 862 2360 Rene Berger 020 862 2258 Sheila Macharia 020 862 2234 Kaendi Munguti 020 862 2292 Winifred Adhiambo 020 862 2016 Lucy Kithome 020 862 2249 T. Wambui Gathenya 020 862 2268 Chris Pagen 020 862 2755 Millie Gadbois 020 862 2023 Benson Kimithi 020 862 2243 Harrigan Mukhongo 020 862 2245 Enock Kanyanya 0714 606 526 Isaac Thendiu 020 862 2255




USAID supports the Kenya Wildlife Service in Tsavo West to improve fire management, control problem animals, train community rangers, control invasive species, and promote park administration, protected area management information systems and ecosystem monitoring

Prepared by: USAID/KENYA GIS Facility Nairobi, May 2013


USAID supports 50 Taita Taveta youth through Equity Bank’s Wings to Fly scholarship program

In Taita Taveta County, the U.S. Government supports 2,948 people on antiretroviral therapy, improves drug supply chains, and increases access to HIV/AIDS counseling and testing

USAID supports 8,628 Taita Taveta children orphaned, or left vulnerable, by HIV/AIDS

In Taita Taveta, 4,720 mothers delivered babies with assistance from a skilled birth attendant

The boundaries and names used on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the U.S. Government


USAID-SUPPORTED PROGRAMS ACTIVE IN TAITA TAVETA COUNTY POPULATION AND HEALTH PROGRAM APHIAplus Nairobi/Coast Eileen Mokayas, Chief of Party Tel: 0735 526 822 Email: Jerusha Karuthiru, USAID Tel: 020 862 2236 Email:

Funzo Kenya Dr. James Mwanzia, Chief of Party Tel: 0713 817 938 Email:

Grace Maingi, Chief of Party Tel: 020 213 5561 E-mail: Zephaniah Aura, USAID Tel: 020 862 2000 Email:

EDUCATION AND YOUTH PROGRAM Yes Youth Can - Nairobi/Coast Joyce Kageha Ogesi ,Chief of Party Cell: 0722 224183 Email:

Peter Waithaka, USAID Tel: 020 862 2330 Email:

Pamela Wesonga, USAID Tel: 020 862 2483 Email:

Health Commodities and Services Management

Wings to Fly Scholarship Program

Mary Wangai, Chief of Party Tel: 020 271 4839/271 5191 Email: Alice Micheni, USAID Tel: 020 862 2231 Email:

Kenya Pharma Steve Hawkins, Chief of Party Tel: +1 (202) 955-3300 Email: James Batuka, USAID Tel: 020 862 2420 Email:

DEMOCRACY, RIGHTS, AND GOVERNANCE PROGRAM Kenya Civil Society Strengthening Program Kassie Mcilvaine, Chief of Party Tel: 0721 392 222 Email: Monica Azimi, USAID Tel: 020-862-2005 Email:


Uraia Civic Education

Ms. Ivy Mwai Tel: 0711 026 000 Email: Dr. Lucy Kithome, USAID Tel: 020 862 2249 Email:

Global Give Back Circle Catherine Kiganjo, Chief of Party Tel: 0722 168 480 Email: Dr. Lucy Kithome, USAID Tel: 020 862 2249 Email:

FEED THE FUTURE PROGRAM Kenya Feed the Future Innovation Engine Program Milton Lore, Chief of Party Tel: 0722 517 149 Email: Makeda Tsegaye, USAID Tel: 020 862 2224 Email:

Peace Initiative Kenya

Kenya Horticulture Competitiveness Program

Jebiwot Sumbeiywo, Director Tel: 020-862-2394 Email:

Ian Chesterman, Chief of Party Tel: 0732 761 764 Email :

Betty Mugo, USAID Tel: 020-862- 2394 Email:

Dr. Julius Kilungo, USAID Tel: 020 862 2215 Email:


Financial Inclusion for Rural Microenterprises Mark Rostal, Chief of Party Tel: 0707 918 665 Email: Benson Kimithi Tel: 020 862 2243 Email:

Kenya Agriculture Value Chain Enterprises Dr. Steve New, Chief of Party Tel: 071 685 6800 Email:

NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM Kenya Wildlife Conservation Project Munira Bashir, Assistant Director Tel: 0722 461 412 Email: Beatrice Wamalwa, USAID Tel: 862 2015 Email:

Harrigan Mukhongo, USAID Tel: 020 862 2245 Email:



U.S. Agency for International Development PO Box 629, Village Market 00621 Nairobi, Kenya Telephone +254 20 862 2000 Fax +254 20 862 2680/ 2682

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