Thursday, February 16, 2017, (MFA Press) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the United Nations Office for the Coordination on Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the Africa Policy Institute (API) held a consultative dialogue on the development of a strategic humanitarian assistance on February 16, 2017 at a Nairobi.
The framework is meant to guide the direction and administration of Kenya’s international assistance where a draft will be developed through inputs from focused group discussions and validated by stakeholders through a meeting planned for the end of March 2017.
In a statement read by the Political and Diplomatic Secretary Amb. Tom Amolo on behalf of the Principal Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Monica Juma said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was privileged to lead the policy dialogue framework development which Kenyan humanitarian assistance will be fashioned.
“In a post-World Humanitarian Summit era, where the humanitarian discourse has taken global center stage, there is need to galvanize our humanitarian efforts and firmly put into perspective, Kenya’s humanitarian footprint, which is historical in nature and character,” she said.
MFA, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Africa Policy Institute (API), other government ministries and the private sector addressed the technical, political and financial capacities based on how they could be improved and enhanced to help retrieve the alarming trend in decrease of human security in Africa as a whole.
Director, Liasion, Parliamentary and County Affairs, Amb. Eliaphas Barine noted that Kenya has an opportunity to leverage its position and in the highest esteem it enjoys in the region by exploring ways to assert its power to the rest of the continent through measures to support countries emerging from conflicts.
The Humanitarian Diplomacy aims to structure Kenya’s long history of humanitarian cooperation, align the engagement with Kenya’s Foreign Policy and vision 2030.
Present at the dialogue were Prof. Peter Kagwanja, CEO API, Arindom Mookerjee, Humanitarian Affairs officer UNOCHA, nominated Senator Naisula Lesuda, Eldas Member of Parliament Adan Keynan and Officials from the Ministry.