IDAP seeks partnerships with local and international associates 

The Integrated Development Africa Programme (IDAP) continues to seek to partnerships in order to strengthen the capacity of the community and partners so to achieve greater impact and sustainability. IDAP is developing a model of capacity building that seeks to enable the growth of our partners in contextually appropriate ways.  

There are technical characteristics of good development practice, but we do not seek to impose how these are specifically worked out. Rather, the approach is to support smaller groups and organizations to develop their own capabilities (e.g. capability to act, capability to innovate) to outwork the characteristics in their own way. This approach is still being developed and piloted, but is premised on our experience that one size will not fit all, that we need to create an enabling approach rather than a top down one. 

 Key approaches are thus good relationships and knowledge management. Each group has different capacities and organizational development needs, and as part of our partnership processes an organizational audit will be conducted on a regular basis. This will enable us to continue to provide appropriate support to the partner. Areas that IDAP will primarily provide support in are; mainstreaming of gender equality and HIV, improvement of accountability mechanisms, and learning and development.

 IDAP’s collaboration with expanding circles of partners has yielded a unified access that broadens knowledge, and enhanced services. Some of these partners include:  

1.American Friends of Kenya (AFK) 

2.County Government of Siaya

3.Ministry of Culture, Ministry Gender and Social Development

4.Ministry of Devolution and Planning

5.The World Bank

6.United Nations 1% Fund

7.World Reader International

8.Kenya Literature Bureau (KLB) 

9.Jomo Kenyatta Foundation Publishers (K) Ltd 

10.Kenya National Library Service

11.Phoenix Publishers (K) Ltd

12.Rotary Club-San Antonio

13.Sister Cities International

14.Newmark Group

15.Global Communications Network  



From Left: Dr. Mama Sarah Obama, Mr. Peter Ndier of SOWO and Mr. John Ahaya of Integrated Development
Programme (IDAP) compare notes during the signing of a partnership agreement between SOWO and IDAP.


America Friends of Kenya representatives came visiting. With them is Mr. John Ahaya, Director, Integrated Development
Africa Programme (IDAP) in the centre. The organization has been a great partner proofing reading materials
every year to Siaya Community Library, which is an off-shoot project of IDAP.


All smiles: From Left: Mr. Peter Ndier greeting Mr. John Ahaya after signing a partnership agreement. Looking on is
Dr. Mama Sarah Obama, patron of SOWO. 


From Left our partners: Dr. Olafuon Maydell, Representative of German Ambassador in Kenya; Dr. Auma Obama,
Founder and Director of Sauti Kuu Foundation in Germany; Mr. John Ahaya, Founder and Director of Siaya
Community Library in Kenya; Ms. Wacuka Njuguna of Sauti Kuu Foundation and Dr. Charles Owino, Founder
and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Siaya Community Library.



Book donations: Cartons of books donated by Dr. Eve Obara, Managing Director, Kenya Literature Bureau, third from
left. These curriculum books were for distribution to community libraries in Siaya County.


Mr. John Ahaya and development partners pose for a picture after participating in an award ceremony held
at the Kenya National Museums, where Siaya Community Library an off-shoot of the Integrated Development
Africa Programme(IDAP) emerged third overall country-wide during the Maktaba Awards.