Kilifi County, Kenya

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Ready to create a paradigm shift by promoting and providing lifelong learning opportunities for everyone

The inhabitants of Kilifi County belong to the Mijikenda peoples, which are composed of nine related Bantu tribes, with Giriama being the dominant one. They raise livestock, including shoats and cattle for milk, meat and skin. They currently practise salt mining to generate family income, although there is potential for fishing and the production of mangos, coconuts and cashew nuts. 

Vision and Strategy

Our lifelong learning strategy aims to increase access to education and information systems. Additionally, we envision the creation of inclusive educational and social environments that promote sustainable development and develop skills for the world of work. In the near future, we want to re-enrol school drop-outs, introduce hands-on learning internships, and ensure that all citizens have access to water, food security, and clean and renewable energy.  

Policies, Plan and Implementation

Sustainability and health

  • The municipality is incorporating climate-smart green practices for access to water, food and energy, as well as linking community health workers to neighbourhoods through clinics. Kilifi furthermore organizes biannual check-ups and has introduced community hubs to support cultural norms.

Equity and inclusion

  • Kilifi County prioritizes the protection of girls and vulnerable citizens from negative cultural practices. The municipality has thus adopted tracking and monitoring mechanisms, and has mapped its information on vulnerable people and their needs. The city also sensitizes parents and communities with regard to persons with disabilities, gender equality and inclusion.

Decent work and entrepreneurship

  • Kilifi County is prioritizing decent work and entrepreneurship by introducing hubs to upskill youth and prepare them for the world of work, through monthly programmes that train participants and link them to work opportunities.

Good practices

NIWFESS Framework/Integrated Mechanisms of Poverty Reduction for Sustainable Education and Development (IMPReSED)

  • These serve as a water, food and clean energy nexus to promote green and healthy living practices in the community. The hubs also provide learning opportunities.

Oppida Fund

  • A cofinanced revolving fund to promote a circular economy, which covers fair and micro-loans, crowdsourcing initiatives, pay-to-own schemes for basic needs, and academic advantage programmes to help low-income families enrol in education, among others.

Smart Access

  • Smart Access is an integrated digital platform that enables citizens to engage in e-commerce, access a learning library, attend courses in digital classrooms, and make public announcements. Members are also provided with tokens that offer discounts in shops and access to free WiFi in market areas.

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