Year of Participation: 2012
Occupation:Senior Health Inspector
Local Government: Kasese Municipal Council
Talentprogramme: Local Service Delivery & MDG’s
Internship Municipalty: Municipality of Zwolle
My work in Kasese Municipal Council
Kasese Municipality is a young municipality therefore we still have a wide range of challenges ranging from knowledge gaps to financial contraints; all impacting negatively on the levels of service delivery to the population.
The Talent for local governance Programme is one way of bridging the knowledge gaps; not only with theme “local service delivery and MDGs’’ (Millennium Development Goals) but also with other themes that are relevant to service delivery to the people or communities which is the core reason for existence of local governments. This is to bring effective, efficient and equitable services nearer to the people to better their living conditions.
Experiences in the Netherlands
” The training course was perfect! A new idea which I thought was inspiring was the ‘Ladder Lensink approach’!”
” I enjoyed the hospitality of the staff at Zwolle during my internship, the reception of his worship the Mayor and the cordial discussion. All the staff were very co-operative and willing to mentor me and share information with me. My host family ; the Erik Family; very hospitable and caring.”
“The internship fitted well with my interest in a ‘hands-on’ experience. We visited the fire department, the water board as well as waste company ROVA. I also got to know more on participatory policies within the municipality.”
Back Home Action Plan
The three most important points from my back-home-action plan:
1.Vision: To put in place functional solid waste committees in one ward to enhance community involvement and participation in solid waste management by december 2013.
2.What i want to change: The les -affair attitude (municipality will do it for us); and indiscriminate waste
disposal on streets:
3.Output: In the end we will have a cleaner town,more manure produced for food production and more incomes to
My goal is a poverty free, green and clean city by 2025!
Update August 2016
Christopher still works for Kasese Municipal Council. He remembers the talent programme very well.
The modules on Solid waste management ; Theory and Practices world wide and Gender Mainstreaming in Local Service Delivery where most noteworthy. Of course also the internship visit to the City of Zwolle where the most interesting and important was the hospitality of the people of the Netherlands. Live alone the lessons learned there like the boost in solid waste management, the Irado Practice, Integrated City Planning -the Netherlands Model, Fire management and risk control.
Half way into implementation of my Back Home Action plan, my Town Clerk or the Chief Executive of the Municipality picked serious interest and lobbied the Dutch Municipalities and the VNG for Support. Since 2013 we are working hand in hand with the VNG International in this field of Solid waste management and myself as the Municipal Project Focal Point Officer.
I am currently still employed by Kasese Municipal Council and through the knowledge I acquired from the Academy, my Council has benefited a lot. Kasese is now a much cleaner clean town than it was before, the people have been mobilised and are willingly participating in solid waste activities by sorting and storing their waste until it is picked by municipal vehicles. We are producing compost from garbage which the Municipal Council sells to small scale farmers to produce food for their families and in town.
I am very happy and grateful for the dignity my staff and community gives me because of the success of this Keep Kasese Clean Sanitation Project. However, my greatest ambition is to enhance my technical knowledge and qualifications to match the demands of the changing world.