After the official opening by Martine van Hoogstraten, Head of Development Cooperation at the Dutch Embassy in Nairobi, Ewout van Galen, Manager Operations at NWP, gave one of the keynote speeches. Throughout the day presentations and breakout sessions focused on the key factors that make for successful joint ventures in Kenya, namely: targeted funding, an innovative approach and knowledge of the existing institutional frameworks. This last point was addressed by Professor Albert Mumma, a legal expert in Kenya, who offered important insights and explained the do's and don’ts.
Joint ventures are seen as important mechanisms for the policy of the Embassy in the next four years, with the water-food-climate nexus playing a central role. Water and food security were previously treated as separate dossiers at the Embassy, but have been combined now. In August 2018 Sanne Willems was appointed as First Secretary for Water and Food Security at the Embassy. Sanne works closely with Rose Makenzi, Senior Policy Officer – Water and Food Security. In the past two years Sanne had Food Security in her portfolio, Water was added, whereby she took over the role of Noeke Ruiter.
Sanne and Rose look back on a successful day that resulted in the following key findings:
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