Support for Tropical Initiatives in Poverty Alleviation (STIPA) has a Consultancy Wing that was registered on 13th April 2012 under Section 14 of the Companies Act Cap 499. The legal registration number is BN/2012/164045.
STIPA endeavours to empower the communities by encouraging and supporting local initiatives as well as building their capacities in order that they are able to manage their development initiatives successfully and be in control of their destiny. Our work is pegged on the beliefs that the communities have inherent capacities and only need to be facilitated to consciously take the necessary steps to reverse their states of under development and poverty. This is enshrined in the organization’s vision, mission statements and core values.
STIPA’s Key Competencies
STIPA has a wealth of hands-on experience in community development work as a result of over a decade of implementation of Community Integrated Livelihoods support projects in Kenya. The organization also provides technical expertise and backstopping services to the local organizations supported by a number of development partners from the North and other International Non-Governmental Organizations. It has also accompanied a number of Government and State bodies in supporting their development approaches.
STIPA’s key areas of competencies are in two areas:
The organization’s area of strength is capacity building for skill development, both at organization and community levels in an effort to build the capacity of beneficiaries to carry out and own their development initiatives.
Towards this STIPA builds capacities of organizations in the following areas:
• Organizational capacity building on Participatory Integrated Community Development (PICD) process, Participatory Impact Monitoring, Project Cycle Management, Organizational Development, Conflict Management and Peace Building, Monitoring and Evaluation, Training of Trainers/Facilitators, Human Rights Based Approach to Programming, Gender and Development.
• Child protection and psychosocial support
2. Evaluations, Assessments, Surveys and Research
Besides training STIPA also undertakes; evaluations to help organizations identify the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability of projects while giving practical recommendations; and baseline survey / social assessment services using participatory approaches that will aid in identification and contextualization of background factors that have led to a situation, categorization of the most vulnerable and the most affected and their needs, identification of partners and their contribution in the area in order to come up with appropriate recommendations for projects already implemented or projects to be implement
STIPA’s capacity building approaches are highly practical, participatory and fun! A variety of learning are employed to stimulate interest and meet the differing learning styles of participants.
Participatory Integrated Community Development (PICD) and Participatory Impact Monitoring(PIM)
This is a process that seeks to empower and enable communities plan for and implement their development plans. They also install monitoring and evaluation system for the same. STIPA trains on PICD process skill development and assists in the enhancement of organizational structures to embrace participatory development at the community, organizational and partner levels. The process encompasses Participatory Rural Appraisal, Participatory Impact Monitoring, Participatory Evaluation, Visioning and Participatory Management methodologies.
Project Cycle Management (PCM)
PCM involves a set of planning tools which feed into the logical framework (commonly known as a log frame). The project cycle focuses on 4 different stages of the project namely Project Identification, Project Design, Implementation and Re-Design, Review and Evaluation being the main stages of the project cycle. Focus is also on three other elements that affect the main stages of the project cycle being Monitoring, Resource Mobilization and Lessons Learnt.
PICD tools are used in the different stages of the project cycle to ensure successful prioritizing of needed interventions, identification of community resources and participatory planning steps.