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Nairobi City County and Robert Bosch Stiftung Forge Strategic Partnership for Refugee Inclusion and Development Initiatives

NAIROBI: 14th FEBRUARY 2024

A delegation from The Robert Bosch Stiftung paid a courtesy call to the County Executive Committee Member for Talent Skills Development and Care Ms. Rosemary Kariuki to discuss areas of collaboration.

The Robert Bosch Stiftung is active in the areas of health, education, and global issues. Through its funding, it works for a just and sustainable future. The Foundation is rooted in the legacy of the entrepreneur and founder Robert Bosch. The Robert Bosch Stiftung has its headquarters in Germany with 170 people employed at its Stuttgart and Berlin offices.

The County Executive while speaking with the Bosch team said Nairobi City County had made several pledges at the Global Refugee Conference that was held in Geneva on 13th to 16th December 2023.
Refugees10Global refugee forum (GRF) is the largest international gathering on refugees whose states and stakeholders meet and announce concrete pledges and contributions which showcase progress made. It is also a time when nations hosting large populations of refugees share best practices and take stock of challenges and opportunities faced in hosting refugees.

Ms. Kariuki said Nairobi City has been recognized as a critical urban Centre that is host too many urban asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants. It is on this basis that the city has made pledges and commitments that will help in easing management of refugees who are already settled in the city. The pledges and commitments will be like additional strain limited resources that the County Government is working to strengthen.

Jessica Bither Senior Expert in Migration Global Issues from Robert Bosch Stiftung said they were ready to start serious discussions with Nairobi City County on how they can support the pledges made during the global conference in Geneva. She said Robert Bosch Stiftung had identified areas they would consider collaborating to support this.

The two organizations agreed on possible collaborations key among them, planning for education of refugee children in our training and learning institutions. Construction of 500 classrooms in the next four years in different schools to accommodate increased enrolment.
Refugees8Planning for refugees in the health facilities and services is key to the inclusion aspect, Construction of 20 markets in 4 years to achieve socio-economic inclusion to refugees in livelihood spaces, Innovation Centre’s (one stop) in the five administrative Boroughs within the City to enhance research, innovation and capacity building for refugees and host communities by 2027. Centers also to promote youth empowerment programs.

The County Executive was accompanied by the Chief Officer for Social Services Mr. George Mutiso who also represents the County at the Shirika Plan Technical team, also in attendance was Jassin Irscheid

Project Manager Migration Global Issues Robert Bosch Stiftung the Safer Nairobi initiative team and Social Services team.

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