USTADI is a Swahili word for ‘skillful’.
USTADI Foundation (popularly referred to as USTADI) is a registered Kenyan organization. USTADI is Swahili word for ‘skilful’ and the brand name for the Local Capacity Development Facility in Kenya whose focus is on facilitation of Capacity Development Services (CDS) at the sub national level.
The organization was started by the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV), International Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (HIVOS), and twenty-one (21) other local institutions (referred to as the Consortium) involved in facilitating capacity development in Kenya to bring about a ‘coalition of change’ comprising partners from the private sector, civil society, government, commercial organization, financial service providers and various interest group regarding capacity development.
USTADI is a response to systematic bottleneck in the Capacity Development Service (CDS) environment in Kenya. The main drive behind the initiative is the key service providers are not delivering the needed quality of CDS, and the demand side is not well articulated at the local and especially rural level. According to the aid effectiveness agenda inadequate Capacity Development (CD) significantly affects the effectiveness of non-state actors and hence poverty levels in the country, specifically on sub-national level.
USTADI aims to structurally improve the CDS environment by stimulating the market. This includes strengthening demand articulation, improved quality of service provision and increased accessibility of financing to stimulate demand. It promotes CD as the “CORE” and not as an “ADD-ON”
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