As part of the ongoing efforts geared towards strengthening the capacity of the Government of Kenya to manage National Identity Programmes, IOM organized a one-day workshop on June 15 in Nairobi bringing together key stakeholders to validate the findings of the needs assessments on National Identity Management. The needs assessment was based on one of the key recommendations that came out of the national assessment of immigration and border management in Kenya conducted in 2016 at the request of the Government of Kenya.
The needs assessment on National Identity Management is part of the on-going project of IOM Kenya in partnership with the National Registration Bureau under the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government. It is aimed at further strengthening the capacity the Government by improving the identity management funded by the IOM Development Fund (IDF). The needs assessment looks at the current situation of Headquarters and field offices dealing with National Identity Management including the Civil Registration Department, National Registration Bureau, Department of Immigration Services, National Coordination Mechanism on Migration (NCM), Integrated Population Registration System (IPRS), Refugee Affair Secretariat and other relevant government stakeholders.
The validation workshop was attended by 21 senior government officials and officially opened by the Principle Secretary (PS), Directorate of Immigration, Border Control and Registration of Persons, Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Dr. Gordon O. Kihalangwa and IOM Kenya Chief of Mission, Mr. Michael Pillinger. The PS stressed the importance of the needs assessment to the government, highlighting the nexus between the National Security and Identity Management chain, referencing the assessment findings which recommend system integration and public engagement on identity, among others.
In his opening remarks, IOM Kenya Chief of Mission, Mr. Michael Pillinger, said: “National Identity is crucial to its citizenship as a precondition for the fundamental rights to one’s identity, and is tied to associated civil, political, social and economic rights.” This includes the free movement of persons, access to services across borders, trade, realizing a common market and women’s empowerment’. He further reiterated the commitment of IOM to support the Government of Kenya through National Coordination Mechanism on Migration (NCM) in different spheres of migration management.
IOM Kenya has been supporting the government initiative in Immigration and Border Management, Counter Human Trafficking and Community Stabilization. IOM is providing technical expertise in the finalization of the National Migration Policy, the establishment of the Kenya Institute of Migration Studies and the operationalization of Immigration and Border Management.