Development Phases of ILIDP
Project formulation, design and initial decision-making
This entailed initial dialogue and consultations between the then major projects stakeholders. This led to needs assessment; trust building and mutual agreement on key issues as well as the actual nature of the project.
Project implementation: physical infrastructure
Most of the physical infrastructures at the project’s main centre were established. The project’s target group contributed greatly to infrastructural development.
Project implementation: programs and activities
During this period the actual implementation of project programs was started e.g. livestock improvement and upgrading, community training and the establishment of sub-centres.
Project leadership was also taken over by Maasai professionals and the project management to the Loita Maasai. Additionally a first ever-major self-evaluation was undertaken, a constitution enforced, Board of Governors formed and an improved system of project administration and financial management installed.
Consolidation of project activities towards self-reliance
Program activities were consolidated and intensified, economic activities re-organized and the sub-centres completed. Promotion of subsistence agriculture was initiated and the project’s annual field day turned into a mini-locational show. The project received an award as one of the best 19 rural development projects in Kenya.
Community organization, empowerment, advocacy and networking:
Efforts made to organize the community into suitable organizational structures; income generation; gender awareness, training on land issues; women and youth training programs were started.
Two external project evaluations were undertaken, the project constitution was reviewed and revised, financial management was computerized; Consultations with stakeholders to refocus and restructure the project and make it more professional, efficient and affective was initiated.
Organizational Development, Institutional strengthening:
Organizational development and institutional strengthening aimed at improving its operational efficiency and effectiveness undertaken by ETC East Africa and Corat Africa resulting in the actual restructuring and re-organization of ILIDP project.
The project functions were streamlined around its new role in the community with facilitation as its core business and more power devolved to the sub-centres and to the newly formed Pastoralists Community Development Associations (PCDAs) based at the sub-centres.
Continuation of Organizational Development & Project restructuring
Following on the previous phase of restructuring and commencement of organizational development, there was more focused strengthening and development of the Pastoralists Community Development Associations (PCDAs) as a vehicle to undertake the grass-root activities. Each PCDA was provided with or recruited at least two staff - an animator and a motivator to act as the secretariat.
In addition to this, executive committees were appointed and their members trained on how to work with the secretariat to provide policy direction and ensure proper functioning of the PCDAs. ILIDP was also actively involved in providing support to the PCDAs in various specialized areas and services.
Consolidating the capacities of local community structures:
Decentralization of ILIDP to the PCDAs whereby ILIDP commits itself to building the capacities of the PCDAs as local structures managing the community affairs. ILIDP will remain as the umbrella structure and a technical support institution to both the PCDAs and other local Community Based Organizations (CBOs).
Phasing out period
ILIDP had been with Cordaid for 37 years and it was time to let go. Cordaid being ILIDPs primary donor phased out during this time. It was a moment of uncertainty for ILIDP.
Diversifying the donor partner base
ILIDP refocused and identified education – formal and informal as the project of focus in the coming years. This decision was taken in light of dwindling funds. ILIDP went out to seek new partners to support his project. For the first time, quality of education was taken into consideration and projects developed around it, these included ICT, solar lighting.
New partners were brought in such as Edukans Foundation, L4W, S3C, IICD, ICCO and the Swedish embassy. Beside education, we focused on Climate Change, conservation and management of the Loita forest.