THE WOMEN CAUCUS GROUPS
In 2018, CAF partnered with DFID & DAI towards capacity building of the chairpersons of the Women Caucus groups. Women caucuses have been established with the aim of increasing the role of women in political decisions. Capacity building of leaders is imperative in offering peer support that is important in the promotion of gender equality policy and legislative agenda. While almost all the 47 County Assemblies have women caucus groups there is doubt regarding the effectiveness of these groups in influencing political decision-making.
The capacity building areas revolved around; current emerging trends in Women Leadership & the challenges faced by the women Legislators at different County Assemblies and Action planning for the individual members. Instructively, this program targeted a total of 9 County Assemblies namely; Makueni, Taita Taveta, Wajir, West Pokot, Homabay, Busia, Baringo, Turkana and Samburu. The program was conducted in two main phases. In the first phase, a needs assessment test was conducted with the view of identifying the capacity gaps and challenges facing MCAs in their oversight mandates in the County Assemblies. Emerging issues from the need’s assessment included lack of mandate clarity and limited human resource. A capacity development plan was subsequently developed with the view of addressing the emerging issues.
Following the first phase is the second phase which conducting of capacity building workshops that were aimed at strengthening the oversight capacity of the MCAs. These workshops targeted Women Caucus groups, Chairpersons of the liaison committees and staff of the County Assemblies.
As a result of this program, there was increased understanding among the MCAs regarding their budgeting processes in line with the PFM ACT. At the same time, Women Caucus groups are now able to oversight reports. What’s more, there is increased adherence to standing orders. Moreover, the strategic lobbying skills of the Women leaders in a patriarchal society were enhanced.