Monitoring team inspects World Bank-funded projects in Turkana West

A woman fetching water from a water kiosk. (KDRDIP project ), PHOTO COURTESY DEBRA LOCHA
A woman fetching water from a water kiosk. (KDRDIP project ): PHOTO COURTESY DEBRA LOCHA

World Bank funded projects in Turkana West implemented through the KDRDIP program have been visited in the last three days with a view of conducting monitoring and evaluation intervention.

Led by Annette Omollo of World Bank assisted by KDRDIP program Manager Wilfred Omari, the inspection visits targeted all projects implemented over the last five years to determine their status, impact and possible gaps for corrective response.

Delegates inspecting projects. PHOTO COURTESY DEBRA LOCHA
Delegates inspecting projects. PHOTO COURTESY DEBRA LOCHA

The cross cutting projects spread across health care, medical access, water access, livelihood transformation,  host and refugee communities integration and trade development are spread in different locations across the expansive Turkana West sub county.

“The inspection visits adopted a comprehensive approach that encompassed site visits, interaction with project workers, beneficiaries interviews and engagement with officials through a structured model aimed at determining the effectiveness of the project towards livelihood transformation and potential to foster further economic growth.” Annette Omollo explained.

Delegates interacting with the beneficiaries. PHOTO: DEBRA LOCHA

Delegates interacting with the beneficiaries. PHOTO: DEBRA LOCHA

Arupe Moding’ a project beneficiary and resident of Natiira village recounted the ease of water access following the completion of the areas water access infrastructure as a game changer.

Similar appreciation was also expressed by various residents who acknowledged the reduced distance travelled in search of water and time saved from the intervention.

“We used to trek up to 20 or 30 Kms for water, it is difficult to believe that we can access water from the many kiosks that dot the vicinity.” Arupe Moding, a beneficiary said.

With the input of World Bank and other funding agencies the area had benefitted from over 70 boreholes, 200 classrooms, market and trading stalls at Lokore and Kalobeyei areas over the last five years.

Lokore market stall. PHOTO COURTESY DEBRA LOCHA
Lokore market stall. PHOTO COURTESY DEBRA LOCHA

Notable projects visited included Nakururum health center, Kakuma sub county hospital, Kakuma Secondary school and Kalobeyei market.

Important to note that Kenya Development Response to Displacement Impact (KDRDIP) is a Ksh 10 Billion project jointly funded by World Bank and the Royal Danish government to aid economic transformation resulting from displacement that occasion the hosting of refugees at a location.

World Bank KDRDIP Turkana County Coordinator Amoni Amfry, Dr. Benson Longor (Director of veterinary services) and Nancy Njenga from the Danish embassy formed part of the inspection team.

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