The Kara Business Expo and Conference is an annual event that seeks to promote business relations between Residents Associations and corporate organizations drawn from different sectors of the economy. The event provides a platform for businesses to network, showcase their products, services and capacity to serve the market while giving Resident Associations and the wider public an opportunity to sample variety of products and services in the market and make informed choices.

The event is organized by The Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations (Kara) – www.kara.or.ke – which is the apex body representing the voice and proactive action of Resident Associations on consumers and taxpayers right countrywide. Kara is keen on enhancing access to public service delivery through effective information, education and communication as well as forging partnership with the private sector, development partners, government ministries, departments & agencies.

Kara’s contribution to the growth and development of the Kenyan economy is significant and the expo and conference event is formulated to enhance this contribution by bringing together the business community and our broad and extensive membership as well as the wider public to interact and transact business. The Conference aspect of the event provides an opportunity for participants to directly engage with key leaders from the private sector and Government on diverse service delivery issues.

Our approach is open and inclusive and our objective is to deliver a memorable, inspiring and productive event that will have a positive effect on all involved. Don’t miss your opportunity to get involved. - Download: Exhibition Order Form

 THE ANNUAL RESIDENT ASSOCIATIONS EXCELLENCE AWARDS  

The Annual Resident Associations Excellence Awards (ARAEA) is an initiative of The Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations (KARA), an umbrella body of resident associations in Kenya. 

The award seeks to identify, through a public-driven and interactive process, and reward resident associations that have demonstrated exemplary performance in promoting access to public services. The awards are 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, there is need to focus public attention on the importance of resident associations in promoting structured engagement with the government and improving service delivery in Kenya.

The awards therefore 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 and championing the interests of their members. The awards will promote learning as well as stimulate positive competition aimed at promoting effectiveness of resident associations in the service delivery agenda. The winners of the awards will be announced at the Kara Business Expo and Conference event on 2nd December 2017 at Sarit Center. 

Criteria of Selecting Winners:

The resident associations to be awarded will be identified through a transparent, competitive and  public driven process. The following criteria shall be used: 

  1. Potential awardees (Resident associations) will present direct entries with brief citations demonstrating how their resident association have practically enhance access to public services in a specified sector and contributed to improvement of quality of life in the neighborhood. Other potential awardees may be proposed indirectly, by the public and even by people they may not know, as long as the citation provided can be authenticated.
  2. An independent panel of judges carefully selected to include governance experts; experienced community development professional among others will review the entries and make a decision on the winners and runners up for each award category.
  3. The judges will have the final word on who is to be awarded for each category 

Possible Award Categories:

  1. Mazingira Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward residents association whose work has immensely contributed towards promotion of a sustainable environmental management at the neighborhood level 

  1. Usalama Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward residents association whose work has immensely contributed towards promotion of security at the neighborhood level 

  1. Mawasiliano Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward residents association that has leveraged on creative communication approaches to ensure improved and structured communication among its membership. 

  1. Maji Awards

The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward residents association whose work has immensely contributed towards access to better water services for its members 

  1. Afya Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward residents association whose work has immensely contributed towards better hygiene and sanitation conditions within their neighborhood 

  1. Mihadarati Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward residents association whose work has immensely contributed towards the fight against alcohol and drug abuse in Kenya 

  1. Viwanja Awards

The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward residents association whose work has immensely contributed towards protection of public spaces within their neighborhood. 

  1. Ujenzi Awards

The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward residents association whose work has immensely contributed towards the fight against uncontrolled and illegal development within their neighborhood 

Timelines

  • All entries and accompanying citations are expected to be submitted by 17th November 2017.
  • Any entries received after the closing date will be automatically disqualified.
  • The judges will consider and review the entries and nominations with a view to determining the winners and runners up for each category. This will be done by 24th November 2017
  • Identified awardees will be notified by 28th November 2017 in preparation for the awards day on 2nd December 2017
  • Kindly fill all the form fields to submit your entry.- Download Form here 


How to Submit Proposal

Submissions of entries can be made through email, postage or hand delivery to Kara through the contacts below:

The ARAEA Panel of Judges
C/O The Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations (KARA)
Jamhuri Crescent, Kabarnet Road, Off Ngong Road
P.O. Box, 1411 00100, Nairobi
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Download:

1. Download:  Kara Expo 2017 Booklet

2. Download: The Annual Resident Associations Excellence Awards (ARAEA)- Nomination Form