The following principles and operational strategies are employed in the governance, management and implementation of ASDSP:
Strategy 1 – Government execution: The Government of Kenya, is responsible for the execution of the ASDSP while the Government of Sweden and other stakeholders act as partners and provide co-funding for the programme. The executing responsibility of the GoK includes overall management of the programme , provision of staff and partial programme financing.
Strategy 2 – Aligned and harmonized Programme governance, management and funding: The ASDSP supports the implementation of the ASDS and the MTIP II, and is fully integrated into the ASDS coordination mechanism and follows the governments procedures.
Strategy 3 – Transparency and accountability:
Transparency is a pre-requisite for accountability and for countering corruption. ASDSP pursues transparency by providing clear equitable and comprehensible information about its interventions and finances, by engaging stakeholders and partners at all levels in decision-making and implementation, and by being open to monitoring and scrutiny by all stakeholders and their elected representatives.
Strategy 4 – Broad sector focus and partnership-based:
ASDSP is a sector-wide programme that supports sector coordination mechanisms applicable to the ASDSP programmatic focus areas (sector coordination and environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive value chain development).
The primary function of ASDSP at the national and county levels is to convene and network existing actors to facilitate coordinated and collective action in support of commercially viable, environmentally resilient and socially inclusive value chain development. Consequently, while the Programme has the capacity to provide technical, institutional and financial support towards a wide range of interventions, it primarily relies on coordinated and harmonized action and partnering with existing sector support agents to channel support to its primary stakeholders.
Strategy 5 – Demand-driven and stakeholder-led Value Chain needs identification and gap-filling:
A primary role and responsibility of the ASDSP is to convene and network primary value chain stakeholders to enable them:
Define key value chain gaps and priorities,
Make decisions on appropriate coordination mechanisms
Develop implementation plans on agreed follow-up actions, and
propose the necessary support required for implementation from different sources, such as local or national GoK agencies, research institutions or development programmes, including the ASDSP.
The Programme’s primary instruments for bringing stakeholders together are the County VC Platforms that comprise of members focusing on county-wide VC issues within a specific value chain, and the VC Groups– vertical or horizontal entities focusing on individual VCs or VC clusters,
The Programme recognizes the importance of engaging private sector agents in Value Chain Development, prioritization and decision-making. Value Chain stakeholder are encouraged to operate in a result-oriented manner, while ASDSP and other VC support agents are expected to “deliver” their support in a business-minded and efficient fashion.
Strategy 6 – Rights-based approach to gender, equity, diversity and socio-economic inclusion:
In recognition of the aspirations of the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010, Vision 2030 and the UN declaration on human rights, the ASDSP promotes gender, economic and socio-economic equality and rights in all aspects of its work, and actively supports equal opportunities for participation of women, female/male youth and vulnerable groups in identifying, implementing and reviewing Programme-supported interventions.
The core elements of the rights-based approach are :-
Equitable participation resulting in empowerment
Equity (non-discrimination) and inclusion of vulnerable groups, and
Transparency leading to accountability.