The National Gender and Equality Commission of Kenya has yet again invigorated the discussions of gender equality and inclusion in African Public Administration and Governance sector. These efforts form part of Commission’s strategic interventions of raising the bar on matters of equality and inclusion beyond the national level to regional, continental and international stages. In the past three years, the Commission has emphasized on promotion of principles of gender equity and inclusion at national and international level and more recently at continental levels.
Through the African Association of Public Administration and Management (AAPAM), 36th round table conference held between 2-6th March 2015 in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco, the Commission delivered a strong message to all Continental delegates on the subject ‘Gender equality and inclusion for effective partnerships for sustainable citizen centered development’. Commissioner Dr Florence Nyokabi delivered this message through a scientific paper and a conference talk on 3rd March 2015 at the Islamic Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization Center (ISESCO), Rabat. The discussions were held within the broader sub theme titled ‘Building Effective Partnerships through Gender and Diversity Management’. In this meeting, the Commission was also represented by the Acting CEO, Mr Paul Kuria.
The conference attendance was led by Ministers, senior government administrators (cabinet secretaries, principal/permanent secretaries, members of commissions and director generals), academia and practitioners, young professionals in public administration, students, heads and teachers of institutions of public administration and management, development partners, partners in solidarity (sponsors), non-state actors, corporate and private sector actors. Kenya drew participants from the Public Service Commission, National Gender and Equality Commission, Kenya School of Government, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, Teachers Service Commission, county government, Ministries, among others.
The conference was officially opened through welcome remarks by by His Excellency Mr Mohamed MOUBDI, Minister of Civil Service and Modernization of Administration Morrocco Kingdom, and message from His Excellency Mohand LAENSER, Minister of Planning and Development on behalf of the Head of Government of the Kingdom of Morocco.
The conference was supported by Commonwealth Secretariat, United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD), , The institute of Public Administration of Canada, (IPAC), United Nations Public Administration Network (UNPAN), Deloitte Consulting Limited (East Africa), African CABINET Government Network, among others.
Other than the sub theme on Building Effective Partnerships through Gender and Diversity Management, the following themes were discussed:
- Political-Administrative Partnerships for Sustainable Development;
- International Trends on Partnerships between Political and Bureaucratic Leaders for Effective Policy Formulation and Implementation
- Transparency, Communication and Access to Information
The conference held several concurrence and breakaway sessions as well. The next meeting -37th round table conference- will be held in February 2015, Lusaka Zambia.
Invigorating discourse on gender quality and inclusion at Continental Level