USAID and Ministry of Health Launch Standards for Health Organizations

Institutional standards will help CSOs deliver their mandates 

The Kenya Ministry of Health and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched new standards for strengthening civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations working in advocacy and service delivery in the health sector.  USAID’s Deputy Team Leader for HIV/AIDS in Kenya, Tara Simpson, joined Dr. John Masasabi, the Director of Policy, Planning and Healthcare Financing from the Ministry of Health to launch the new framework on behalf of Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Professor Fred Segor.

Kenyan civil society organizations are an integral part of a fully functioning health system and are critical to achieving sustainable results.  Kenya’s government, civil society and development partners recognize that for organizations to deliver their mandates effectively and sustainably, capacity strengthening initiatives must address organization-wide systems for leadership, management and governance.  USAID supports capacity development for Kenyan health organizations through the FANIKISHA Institutional Strengthening Project in order to channel more development assistance through Kenyan organizations in the future.

FANIKISHA led the development of the Institutional Strengthening Standards for Kenyan Civil Society Organizations framework through a technical working group comprised of 41 representatives of the Government of Kenya, donors, academic institutions, local and international industry technical experts, and various professional bodies.

“USAID is committed to building the capacity of Kenyan organizations so that they can receive support directly from USAID.  Since 2010 we have been building the capacity of countries, including Kenya, to lead their own development – doubling the amount of mission funding we invest in local governments, businesses and NGOs over the past two years,” said Simpson.

USAID is the development agency of the U.S. Government.  USAID implements HIV/AIDS programs in Kenya with funding from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).