The Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations (KARA) hosted the first ever Annual Resident Associations Excellence Awards (AREA) Ceremony on 2nd December 2017 at Sarit Centre. The ceremony, which was part of the 2nd KARA Business Expo and Conference event, was presided over by Prof. Judi Wakhungu, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources. AREA is designed to reward Resident Associations that have demonstrated exemplary performance in promoting sustainable development and access to better public services in Kenya.

It address the twin issue of celebrating the work of Resident Associations in Kenya and rewarding those that have done exceptionally well in influencing provision of better services as well as championing the interests of their members. The awards are also intended to promote learning and stimulate positive competition aimed at promoting effectiveness of Resident Associations in the service delivery agenda.

The winners were identified through a public driven and interactive process which included Resident Associations or the public making entries for the various award categories. The 8 categories were: Mazingira, Usalama, Maji, Mihadarati, Ujenzi, Viwanja, Afya and Mawasiliano. Out of the 49 entries submitted by various Resident Associations, 15 winners were identified and awarded at the colorful ceremony. The winners were as follows:  

 

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WINNER

RUNNERS UP

1

Maji

Garden & Ridgeways Residents Association 

Runda Residents Association 

2

Usalama

Kahawa Sukari Welfare Association

Karen Langata District Association

3

Ujenzi

Kahawa Sukari Welfare Association

South Coast Residents Association

4

Mihadarati

Syokimau Residents Association

 

5

Mawasiliano

Karen Langata District Association

North Coast Taxpayers & Residents Association

Kilimani Project Foundation

6

Viwanja

Link Road Residents Association

Komarock Residents Association

7

Mazingira

North Coast Taxpayers & Residents Association

South Coast Residents Association

8

Afya

Buxton Estate Tenants Welfare Group

 

Speaking at the award ceremony, Prof. Wakhungu applauded the winners and pointed out that Resident Associations have a central role in promoting sustainable socio-economic development. He urged the Associations to continue engaging the government in a constructive way and supporting initiatives aimed to improving services and the living standards of Kenyans.

The need to organize the awards was informed by the fact that Resident Associations play a very vital role in enhancing access to public services and improving quality of life in Kenya yet these efforts are rarely recognized and appreciated. Additionally, the awards hope to focus public attention on the importance of Resident Associations in promoting structured engagement with the government and improving service delivery in Kenya.