CSUDP seeks out opportunities to ensure that our minimal resources achieve maximum impact. Starting with a robust scan on the environment, we look for spaces where there is momentum for innovation - a new technology, an adoption of a revolutionary practice etc. - that makes change sustainable. We then identify where we can invest our influence and expertise and social capital to leverage new resources, negotiate spaces, engage strategic partners, expand networks to ensure impact is sustained long after our grant making ends.
In doing this we invest in our potential to Organize, Influence and Inspire.
Organizing - Establishing a Constituency
How can the urban majority bring their influence to bear, the obvious answer is by organising so as to make demands through the democratic political system.
CSUDP increasingly focuses on supporting the engagement of urban Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) in policy dialogue, urban governance, and management of public resources. In this regard, the legitimacy and capacity of the CSO's is important to enable them play an autonomous and active role in partnership with public institutions and other actors.
CSUDP has mapped and profiled over 1400 Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) active in fifteen major towns of Kenya improving access to information on various urban initiatives launched by CSOs as a practical example of enhancing accountability and positioning CSOs to take their rightful place in the urban agenda. This information is available online on a google maps driven database at www.csudp.org/csodatabase
Disclaimer: CSUDP is not responsible for the authenticity of the information published by the CSOs!
Influencing - Promoting Dialogue
Founded on a legitimate constituency of over 1400 CSO’s in fourteen major towns of Kenya, the Local Urban Forums (LUFs) are Civil Society driven multi-stakeholder platform for promoting constructive urban dialogue and consensus building on key urban issues relevant for sustainable local urban development as Kenya embraces devolution.
The LUFs have been key in unraveling the mystery of public participation in the governance and management of the urban areas. Many county governments have acknowledged the importance of the LUFs and are applying a similar model to establish Citizens Forums to serve as platform for multi-urban stakeholder engagement at the county scale.
Inspiring - Delivering pro-poor basic service delivery models
What if the urban majority do manage to organize successfully but the government proves to be unresponsive due to lack of capacity?
Through a number of has selected civil society organization, CSUDP has inspired a number of innovative pro-poor basic services delivery models for housing, water and sanitation, energy and other forms of livelihood support. These includes;
- Primary Housing Cooperative Model - a cooperative-led financing model to finding affordable and eco-friendly housing solutions to meet the informal settlements inhabitants shelter demands.
- Clean Energy Micro- financing Model - demonstrates that offering financial products that enable the urban poor to purchase clean, low-carbon alternatives to kerosene, firewood and other conventional fuels is perhaps the most direct way in which micro-finance can be mobilized to fight urban poverty.
- Delegated Water Access Model - a public–private partnership water management model that is not only increases access but also improves service delivery in a sustainable manner.