Institutional Strengthening

 

HISTORY OF IRCK INSTITUTIONAL STRENGTHENING TO DATE

Since her inception in 1983, IRCK has steadily and consistently grown her capacity to serve her members and Kenyans in general.

  1. Institutionalized operations commenced in 2002 when the first grant was received from HACI to assist RCBs respond to increasing population of orphans and vulnerable children in need of sustainable support.
  2. Previously, IRCK activities were characterized by participation in conferences and ad hoc interfaith dialogues.
  3. HIV/AIDS and Children Task Force comprising of expert personnel from RCBs was formed in 2002 to steer the programme.
  4. The Task Force has remained highly effective consequently positioning IRCK as a key player in response to HIV/AIDs scourge in the country.
  5. From 2002 to 2007 an executive committee was actively involved in running IRCK and building her network.
  6. In 2008, IRCK reviewed adopted her current constitution
  7. The current constitution has given responsibility and authority to the top leaders of the nine RCBs to steer the IRCK and act together in realizing its vision and mission.
  8. As part of capacity building support, ACRL has been supporting her partner organizations to undertake capacity assessment to ensure they engage in a systematic organizational development process.
  9. Hence in December 2004, IRCK was facilitated by ACRL to undertake her first OCA from which a work-plan to strengthen its capacity emerged.
  10. IRCK went through a participatory organizational capacity assessment between October 2008 and February 2009 with a purpose of identifying areas that require strengthening for effective organizational functioning
  11. On the overall, IRCK governance structure is at the emerging stage. This is due to the new constitution which ushered in new leadership in 2008.
  12. This OCA indicated that IRCK leaders were still in the process of understanding the organisation, constitution , their roles and bonding together to enhance their effectiveness
  13. Other than Health, Implementation of other programmes reflected in the strategic plan such as: Governance and economic justice and peace building had not taken off due limitation of resources.
  14. With the review of IRCK Strategic Plan and the development of IS Strategy, IRCK has a well-documented IS process, that calls for commitment to continued improvement of her internal systems based on international standards.
  15. Through the quarterly and annual reviews as well as the various OCAs conducted by IRCK, the institution has adopted best practices in the non-governmental organization (NGO) sector that enables her to remain compliant with multiple donor standards as well improve the quality of service offered to her members and Kenyans in general.

 

IRCK/FANIKISHA PARTNERSHIP

  1. The IRCK formally entered the FANIKISHA Institutional Strengthening project on 29th October, 2012 when we signed a 9-month institutional strengthening cooperation agreement.
  2. On signing the contract, IRCK put in place staff and management to actualize the project successfully.
  3. IRCK would like to take advantage of this initiative by FANIKISHA to improve on our Governance; Organizational planning and resource mobilization; Financial Planning and Management, Grants and Sub grants Management; Human Resource and Change Management; Communication; Project Management; Advocacy, Networking, and Alliance Building and Institutional Strengthening Capacity.

 

IRCK Strategic Plan 2013-2018
The overall goal for IRCK strategic plan 2013 ÔÇô 2018 is to realize sustainable peace, good governance and economic justice, environmental conservation, improved wellbeing and accessible health services characterized by internal institutional strengthening objectives in the communities through interfaith networks.
Specific goals
For us to realize the above goal we have listed the below five strategic directions:

  1. To improve on governance by creating a greater understanding of the countryÔÇÖs governance issues in its devolved structure and enhance active involvement and participation of our communities to ensure better life.
  2. To improve provision of education, social protection, water and sanitation and uptake of improved health services with a special focus on children and other vulnerable groups.
  3. To promote peace, reconciliation and cohesion among Kenyan communities through sustained dialogue on shared values;
  4. To promote sustainable environmental conservation and management with a focus on elevating the human health, food security, economic activities and natural resources.
  5. To strengthen IRCK capacity to deliver her mandate.

Several IRCK and staff, members of task forces and executive committee members have undergone various mentorship sessions and engagements with the FANIKISHA Institutional Technical Advisors.