, NAKURU, Kenya, Sept 28 – The European Union (EU) has been urged to extend its term in community development projects in the country following indications that its funding on environmental issues is coming to an end.
This followed a disclosure by Eric Habers, an EU representative, who revealed that the EU was terminating the funding of projects following the new structure of governance upon the formation of county governments.
Nakuru County Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has in turn asked the EU to redesign its approach and formulate other rules that will allow the continuity of this funding seeing that it has changed the lives of many people.
“These projects, which are funded by EU and implemented by the community development trust fund, have changed the livelihood of many people. It’s a big boost to the fight against poverty and we would want this program to continue,” Mbugua said during a Community Development Trust Fund (CDTF) commissioning event at Menengai Forest Station.
Additionally, Mbugua said that the county will consult to see where it can help in formulating new regulations that are required for the continuity of the funding.
According to Habers, the EU has invested in over one thousand projects in Kenya and spent over Sh5 billion with over Shs. 235 million spent in 29 projects in Nakuru County.
“The EU has over the years supported Kenya in various sectors such as environment, health, infrastructure, good governance, business, agriculture, community development and conservation of natural resources,” Habers said.
He added that the investment made into Nakuru County illustrated its importance for the social, economic, environmental conservation and poverty reduction in the country.
The CDTF, which is a joint initiative of the national government, European Union and the Danish International Development (DANIDA) in partnership with the county government, focuses on health issues, education, water and agriculture.
“Other areas that we focus on are social economic infrastructure, livelihood improvement, conservation of threatened eco system, soil and water conservation as well as renewable energy.” said the CDTF program coordinator Joseph Ruhiu.