Kuno Consortium, Kenya

  • City population: 
  • GDP – city: 
    Less than USD 10,000
  • Average number of years of schooling: 

An agriculture-based economy

Kuno Consortium is a cluster of small towns located 180 km north-west of Garissa in Eastern Kenya. The inhabitants of Kuno Consortium belong to Kenya’s Somali tribe and are predominantly Muslim. Most are farmers and depend on livestock; due to the prevailing weather conditions, they are nomadic and continuously on the move in search of water and pastures for their livestock. 

Vision and Strategy

We aim to increase access to education and information systems through our lifelong learning strategy. Additionally, we aim to establish inclusive educational and social environments that promote sustainable development and support micro-enterprises. We also want to provide an academic fund to support learners’ transition to secondary school and TVET, and establish offline learning resource centres for adult learners. Culture is a further strategic priority, and we promote cultural events that support and celebrate intergenerational community achievements and milestones. 

Policies, Plan and Implementation

Sustainability and health

  • The municipality is incorporating climate-smart green practices to enable access to water, food and energy. It is also linking community health workers to neighbourhoods through a network of clinics. In addition, Kuno Consortium has organized biannual check-ups and introduced community hubs to sustain cultural norms.

Equity and inclusion

  • Kuno Consortium has implemented tracking and monitoring mechanisms to protect vulnerable citizens by mapping their needs. It also subsidizes materials such as hearing aids and wheelchairs. Moreover, the city is working to sensitize parents and communities with regard to persons with disabilities, and issues of gender equality and inclusion.

Decent work and entrepreneurship

  • Kuno Consortium is prioritizing decent work and entrepreneurship by introducing hubs to upskill youth. It organizes monthly programmes that prepare participants for the world of work by providing them with training and links to job 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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