Kenya Red Cross Branch Organizational Capacity Assessment (BOCA) Facilitators Training
Kenya Red Cross recently launched 2025 strategy prioritizes strengthening the capacity of our 47 branches across the country to ensure effective service delivery to the communities we serve. From 5th to 10th July, through the facilitation of IFRC and ICRC, Kenya Red Cross carried out a Branch Organisational Capacity Assessment (BOCA) facilitators training to equip our branches in developing strategic plans for their day-to-day activities.
The session was officially opened by Deputy Secretary-General-Programmes Annette Msabeni and graced by Head of Country Cluster, East Africa- IFRC, John Roche, Head of Operations ICRC -Nairobi Regional Delegation, Boris Kelecevic, and Nakuru County Branch Vice Chairperson & Architecture Benard Maruhi.
Since May 2021, Kenya Red Cross Society with funding from the Danish Red Cross has been implementing the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out Project in Nairobi, Meru, Tharaka Nithi, and Mombasa Counties as well as in refugee populations in Dadaab and Kalobeyei. Some of the key targeted groups for this project are the elderly, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), Urban Refugees, and Persons Living with Non-Communicable Diseases (PLWNCDs), whose existing conditions have heightened their vulnerability and increased impact from the pandemic. Despite PLWNCD being categorized by WHO as a high-risk group for Covid 19, they were not prioritized by MoH for vaccination in the first phase. The project works with the national, county government, and local communities to demystify misinformation on the Covid-19 vaccine, hence, increase the vaccine uptake and expand the target groups prioritized for the second phase of vaccination to include the urban refugees, elderly, and PWDs, and PLWNCDs through advocacy and community engagement.
BOCA is a self-assessment tool developed for county branches of Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies to identify and assess their strengths, limitations and challenges in relation to a wide range of organizational capacities. The BOCA process can be a truly transformational one, because it forces National Societies to stop and reflect on the fundamental principles, including the principle of humanity, and the importance of responding to the needs of the communities. Additionally, the process asks National Societies to think about what they can do with their own resources-they don’t have to wait for someone else’s support.
Kenya Red Cross Society operates through a network of 8 Regions and 47 county branches spread throughout country. These county branches are the pillars of the organization and they are the basic functional units from which the KRCS delivers its humanitarian and long-term development services to the communities. As a community-centered organization, the KRCS county branches serve a critical role of ensuring presence and accessibility of humanitarian assistance to communities.
In order for KRCS to continue delivering its mandate, it is important that the county branches continually assess and develop their capacity to be able to deliver effective and efficient services in the ever-changing humanitarian environment. Strong county branches are also key to a well-functioning National Society.
As the society implement its new Strategic Plan 2021-2025, through BOCA, the KRCS seeks to undertake branch capacity assessments for all 47 county branches to; assess existing capacities, strengths and performance of the county branches; identify gaps and areas of strengthening; facilitate county branches to reach consensus on their priorities and establish branch development plans; and provide an opportunity for peer review and organizational learning on best practices.
About Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS)
The KRCS, a voluntary humanitarian organization created by an Act of Parliament (Cap 356 of the Laws of Kenya, 21st December 1965), is auxiliary to both national and county governments. It works closely with communities, volunteers, and partners to ensure the efficient delivery of humanitarian response and development services. The KRCS’s vision is to be a sustainable, effective, and trusted humanitarian organization serving present and future generations. KRCS work is guided by four core values including, Service to humanity; Integrity; Respect, and Innovation. And the value proposition being “Always There”.
PR and Communication Manager, Kenya Red Cross Society