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Unifying Voices: Celebrating Success at Voice End-year E-Meet

By Joan Letting

DLCI held its end-year Voice Linking and Learning e-meet, which brought together 26 participants from 23 Voice grantee organisations in Kenya.

Throughout the session, partners exchanged success stories, discussed challenges, and shared valuable learnings from their organisations. They also highlighted their distinctive experiences with Voice’s linking and learning concept, expressing their appreciation for the Voice project.

Here is what John Wambua from the United Disabled Persons of Kenya said: “I have always been impressed by the way the linking and learning sessions have been conducted. It has been nothing short of impressive. You go to a meeting, and you find that everything is where it is supposed to be, from the meeting infrastructure to IEC materials ensuring the inclusion of persons with disabilities. The content of the linking and learning events has always been well thought through.” Listen here Hand Pointing Down Vector

“The linking and learning concept is great as you can still link and learn with other organisations even when you do not have funding using online spaces,” said Yasah Musa from the Nubian Rights Forum.

Nancy Nyaleso from Empower Her Initiative, based in Kakamega, said, “The linking and learning concept is an intentional platform where we can meet and interact with other grantee partners and find ways of collaboration.

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All grantees lauded the Voice project for its flexible grant system, user-friendly reporting, and its ability to support unregistered organisations under their hosts. They highlighted Voice’s dedication to empowering grassroots organisations that typically struggle to secure funding. The linking and learning concept, as the heart and soul of Voice, was noted as a very innovative approach that sets Voice apart from other donors.

“Voice understands grantees, gives them space to think through their project ideas, and gives us room to implement because the understanding is that what Voice needs to see is the change,” Wambua said.

Mzungu Ngoma from the Institute of Participatory Development Kulamusana IPD-K in Kilifi County said, “Voice reporting is very friendly, as you can have conversations with the Voice country team at Hivos, making reporting easier. The outcome harvesting concept is also important as it enables organisations to report on all outcomes from the project as opposed to just the expected ones.”

Linking and Learning e-meet participants Kenya

Funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and implemented by Hivos and Oxfam, the Voice project in Kenya supports 30 grantees, focusing on five main rightsholder groups, including people with disabilities and marginalised women. Drylands Learning and Capacity Building Initiative (DLCI) is the national linking and learning facilitator in Kenya.