JKUAT-CoG Partnership Delivers on Knowledge Sharing

Governor Oparanya gives his remarks during the State of Devolution address/Picture Courtesy

The Council of Governors (CoG) in collaboration with JKUAT through the School of Public Health, has documented and shared 11 best practices in the health sector. These best practices have been uploaded and shared on the Council of Governors’ Maarifa online platform to facilitate learning.

Chairman, Council of Governors, Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya revealed this, July 23, 2020 while giving a report on the status of devolution in the 47 Counties of Kenya for the 2019/2020 financial year.

“In collaboration with Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) School of Public Health, CoG Maarifa Centre documented and shared 11 best practices in the health sector which have been uploaded and shared on the Maarifa online platform to facilitate learning,” said Governor Oparanya.

While appreciating the partnership between his School and the Council of Governors, Dean School of Public Health, Prof. Simon Karanja said the partnership with the Council began early last year when, through the World Bank, they trained over 100 faculty members, students and county staff on identification, documentation and sharing of health knowledge within Kenyan counties.

Prof. Karanja

“The knowledge and skills acquired during the 3-day training were geared towards assisting counties document successful case studies to foster service delivery within the devolved units,” explained Prof. Karanja.

Prof. Karanja said with the help of faculty and county health staff, the students employed the skills acquired through the training for their field attachment in various counties to document best practices and innovations in health.

This, according to the Dean, filled the gap regarding the sharing of existing knowledge in ways that promoted organizational learning and better performance and gave birth to the 11 best practices documented and shared on the Maarifa platform.

One case in point is that of Alex Ochote and his colleagues William Ngikito and Lotaipok Ekuwam from JKUAT. During their 10-week attachment at Gatundu Level 5 Hospital, the trio helped Kiambu County to document how the hospital reduced patient congestion in the outpatient department by setting up a non-communicable disease centre within the facility.

Prof. Karanja said the platform has created an avenue for peer-to-peer learning and encouraged healthy competition among the counties thus enhancing adoption of good practices and service delivery.

“Apart from showcasing the potential of various counties, the Maarifa platform gives the counties an opportunity of peer-to-peer learning without spending too much resources on benchmarking trips as witnessed by most counties,” said Prof. Karanja.

To strengthen and enhance a structured engagement between JKUAT and the Council of Governors, Prof. Karanja said the two parties are in the final stages of signing a Memorandum of Understanding.

Prof. Karanja makes a presentation during a past meeting

“As a University, we have a competent human capital resource in both staff and students, that can be leveraged to package existing knowledge, experiences and innovations into sharable products among the counties,” concluded Prof. Karanja.

The Council of Governors and her partners established the Maarifa online platform as Kenya’s premier devolution knowledge sharing and learning platform for effective governance and service delivery. The platform serves as an important national platform to document and share experiences, innovative solutions on Kenya’s devolution journey.

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