Health Challenges in the Pokot Region are often affected by a number of interrelated geographic and cultural conditions. These complex problems do not have single origins or predictable solutions. Working across sectors and interest areas, interrelated conditions can be recognized, leaned and accommodated by stakeholders working in the region.
To address this, HIM is building a network among organizations and agencies working in the fields of Maternal Healthcare, Malaria, and Clean Water Access. The program infrastructure will be designed using the Five Conditions of Collective Impact as a framework.
Common Agenda: Shared vision for change including a common understanding of the problems and a joint approach to solving it through agreed upon actions. Shared Measurement: Collecting data and measuring results consistently across all participants ensures efforts remain aligned and participants hold each other accountable Mutually Reinforcing Activities: Participant activities must be differentiated while still being coordinated through a mutually reinforcing plan of action. Continuous Communication: Consistent and open communication is needed across the many players to build trust, assure mutual objectives, and create common motivation. Backbone Support: Creating and managing collective impact requires a separate organization(s) with staff and a specific set of skills to serve as the backbone for the entire initiative and coordinate participating organizations and agencies.
Synchronizing interaction among collaborating stakeholders through this framework will improve the likelihood of achieving shared goals. Because organizations communicate regularly, share existing data, and build new data together, they will be more likely to operate programs synergistically, with greater efficiency and without undermining one another.
The sectors from which HIM is currently recruiting stakeholders and collaborators are:
Childhood Education (specifically GEAC under Center for Amity and Restoration of Earth (C.A.R.E. )
HIM will focus its first Collective Impact projects in the field of FGM Abatement in the Pokot region of Northwest Kenya.