Hans Seidel Foundation
Hans Seidel Foundation is working with the North Rift Economic Bloc in the development of a regional Climate Action concept that is aimed at enabling the member counties to tackle climate change collectively. The concept will be used to develop proposals for partnerships in funding climate change mitigation, adaptation, and conservation efforts across the region. In primary focus is to benefit from the global Green Climate Fund. We hope that the NOREB-Hans Seidel Foundation partnership will be expanded in the near future to include other areas of mutual interest like the Rule of Law and Good Governance, Sustainable Economic Development, and Climate Change.
Northrift Solutions are a professional services firm focused on the delivery of ICT and GIS solutions. NRS teamed up with the Bloc’s department of corporate communications in the design and construction of its first corporate website.
Ministry of Tourism
The tourism status in the region needs to be improved for the sector to take its position as a contributor to positive socio-economic change in the region. To achieve this, NOREB is seeking to develop an Integrated Tourism Development and Promotion Strategy for the North Rift Economic Bloc region with the assistance of Tourism Ministry’s line parastatals, mostly the Tourism Fund and the Kenya Tourism Board.
The Rift Valley Bottlers is a partner of NOREB in the areas of youth enterprise development through capacity building and their empowerment in setting up Coca Cola retail outlets. The soft drinks company also has committed to assist NOREB in events organization whenever the need arises.
Through its Agile Harmonized Assistance for Devolved Institutions (AHADI) programme, UKAid has strongly supported NOREB in the process of the establishment of its Policy and Legal frameworks. This was through the procurement of a consultant to guide the process and in engaging different stakeholders. In partnership with the CCK, NOREB is rolling out a programme dubbed Community Resilience in Kerio Valley Ecosystem (CORKE) with funding support from UKAID’s Deepening Democracy Programme.
State Department for Trade
State Department for Trade is working with NOREB in the domestication of trade agreements signed by Kenya at the international level. This will enable the bloc to take advantage of these trade agreements by identifying and exploiting the export trade opportunities available in the international markets.
Reale Hospital is a medical institution headquartered in Eldoret with several branches serving the residents of the region. It has continued to offer support to the Bloc through the procurement of corporate merchandize and publicity material. The Hospital is also open to the possibility of expanding the cooperation to include targeted medical outreaches in the region.
Rivatex and NOREB are working on an understanding that will see the economic bloc coordinate cotton production in the six potential cotton-producing counties of the region, while the textile manufacturer will guarantee a market for the farmers' produce. The activities envisaged in the partnership include capacity building and sensitization of farmers, extension services, setting up of cotton farming demonstration sites, facilitating access to certified seeds and pesticides. The bloc will also work with Rivatex and member counties in the revival of cotton ginneries and in exploring ways of setting up of new ones.
The North Rift region is rich in agricultural and livestock production. NOREB has therefore partnered with the Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organization in order to leverage on its expertise on research for the benefit of our farmers in the region. This partnership will also include jointly sourcing for funding from development institutions to carry out research on the development of crops and livestock in the region.
The Kerio Valley Development Authority has greatly assisted NOREB through office provision and logistical support during the carrying out of its day to day activities. KVDA teamed up with NOREB and UNESCO Kenya in the implementation of the Great Rift Valley Geo Park initiative, and is actively engaged in the development of the Trans Rift Trails Network, the first Geo-Trail of its kind in Africa. Additionally, plans are underway to partner with the state corporation in joint resource mobilization and implementation of more programmes and projects within KVDA’s area and scope of operation.