In a significant stride toward the modernization and automation of government services, the State Department of Social Protection and Senior Citizen Affairs unveiled the Community Development Management Information System in a momentous gathering attended by dignitaries, partners, esteemed guests among others on 26th September, 2023 at Huduma Center GPO Nairobi.
The Principal Secretary of the State Department of Social Protection and Senior Citizen Affairs, Mr Joseph Motari, in a keynote address, expressed gratitude for the historic occasion. "Today, we take a giant leap forward in automating government services, aligning with our visionary presidential directive for increased efficiency, transparency, and superior service delivery."
The launch of the Community Development Management Information System marks a pivotal moment in Kenya's drive toward automation, supported by esteemed partners like the World Food Programme (WFP), whose technical and financial assistance played a crucial role in the system's development. Additional partners, including Volunteer Involving Organizations, Kenya Red Cross, NRC, FCDO, and the World Bank, were acknowledged for their contributions to the department's social protection mandate.
The Community Development Management Information System comprises three essential programs: the Economic Inclusion program, Volunteerism, and Groups Registration aimed at uplifting and empowering communities.
The Economic Inclusion program focuses on providing economic opportunities to marginalized individuals, ensuring prompt and efficient delivery of program benefits through automation. Volunteerism, a cornerstone of community strength, will benefit from improved volunteer matching and management facilitated by the system.
Groups Registration, a vital component of community development, enables the formalization and support of various groups and organizations striving to enhance the lives of Kenyan citizens. The introduction of paid services linked to a till number, "222222," simplifies group registration, renewal, and name searches, further streamlining the process.
The Community Development Management Information System represents a commitment to empowerment, offering equal access to government services for all citizens. It seeks to reduce bureaucracy, eliminate red tape, and make government services more accessible and efficient.
This system is part of a broader vision for an inclusive, prosperous, and forward-thinking nation, embracing the digital age to better serve the people.
However, the launch of the Community Development Management Information System is just the beginning of a new era in government service provision. The government's mandate extends beyond these initial programs, with plans to automate more programs in the shortest time possible, aided by supportive stakeholders. The launch signifies a commitment to creating a more accessible, accountable, and responsive government, ultimately working towards a stronger, more prosperous, and more inclusive nation.
By: Selly Muhonja - PCO