“The key thing that needs to be done to align Human Resource Capacity Development with the Country’s Development Vision in Kenya is the Commitment by the top leadership. This is because when the top leadership publicly commit to support the programme then there will be little or no resistance by the citizens or employees mandated to enforce the alignment process. These top leaders will also ensure that resources are mobilized and effectively used towards the alignment process and those officers who are perceived to be corrupt are forced to step down pending investigations or prosecuted in accordance with the law. This will not only lead to accountability but also transaperancy in management of public resources. This will also lead to value for money and efficiency in delivery of public services.
When top leadership are committed to the alignment process there is a lot political goodwill since most of their supporters would wish to associate with the alignment process. This ultimately results into ownership of the vision and the capacity development process hence economic growth for the country. The concept of commitment and ownership is pivotal for any development agenda to succeed because of the participatory nature that it inculcates in people. This allows members of the community to pull resources together through partnership, collaboration, networking and linkage process that ensure holistic approach towards the alignment of the human capacity development programme into the country’s development agenda.
Commitment by the top management will also ensure that there is inclusivity, gender equity and equality, promotion of diversity and respect for human rights. This is because the top leadership would wish to win the support and confidence of all citizens hence he or she will marshal support from all corners of the country regardless of their religious, political, ethnic or social affiliations. This in turn will encourage patriotism among the citizens and will ensure that the alignment process take cognizance of the diversity of Kenyan people and the need to unit towards achievement of vision 2030.
Commitment by the top leadership will also ensure that proper legislations are formulated and enforced. However, these legislations should be done with regards to the Constitution of Kenya 2010, international labor conventions, Human Resource Capacity Policy and other legislations that promote employee development. Institutions that are mandated to implement these laws will also be empowered to ensure that the process is achieved and best performing organizations rewarded adequately. The incentives programme should be based on Result Based Management Systems such as performance contracting currently being implemented in Kenya. These legislations will also have strategic planning dimensions so that the country is able to project manpower requirements and adequately provide resources needed to build their capacity to deliver quality service to the citizens.
Commitment by top leadership will enhance the alignment process in the sense that it will promote holistic approach rather than the traditional closed approach towards capacity building. This will ensure that Rapid Results Initiatives are incorporated in the process and members of the community and other stakeholders are involved in the alignment. This is true because in most developing countries’ like Kenya most leaders are charismatic and have a lot of followers around them who share similar ideologies. Therefore when the president of the republic publicly declares support towards the alignment process all his followers will take the message to the grassroots and educate the masses on the importance of the alignment. This will spur debate hence an informed society. During such debate a lot of information will be generated that may be used to check on the strengths and the weaknesses of the envisaged idea. These pieces of information when analysed and put into perspectives are crucial for the success of the policy, progrmme or project that will drive the alignment process.” – Philip Were – Homabay County, Kenya