Eight counties in the arid and semi-arid (ASAL) areas will benefit from a joint donor kitty towards infrastructure and universal health services.
Under the umbrella of the Frontier Counties Development Council (FCDC), a consortium of UN agencies, the World Bank and the National government will support key infrastructure projects in roads, health, energy for the economic bloc.
Yesterday, 12 envoys visited Mandera county as part of a three-day tour in a bid to see the challenges and opportunities for development partnership in the marginalised counties.
Hosted by the Mandera Governor Ali Roba, the envoys said they were keen on pushing for a change of the narrative, which has painted the county as insecure and unproductive thus scaring away investors.
Roba said Mandera was exporting onions to Addis Ababa and Nairobi while also exporting watermelons. “We are pleased to welcome the biggest delegation of envoys in Mandera since independence.
It is an endorsement of changing times and the need to work with development partners to better lives and infrastructure,” Roba said. The eight counties forming the FCDC are Mandera, Turkana, Wajir, Garissa, Isiolo, Marsabit, Tana River and Lamu.