The United Nations Development Programme says its satisfied with progress made by the government to resettle IDPs affected by the post-election violence.
UNDP Resident representative in Kenya Aeneas Chuma however says the government should step up initiatives to restore the livelihoods of the IDPs through economic activities, peace and reconciliation.
He said UNDP would continue to support programmes aimed at restoring the lives of the IDPs and other inter-community peace and development initiatives. The official said most of the more than 500,000 displaced families were now in their homes. Chuma said Kenya as a country experienced massive disruption of its economy with the micro, small and medium enterprise sector losing approximately Ksh 1.3 billion during the violence.
The government and UNDP initiated interventions to support the rebuilding of the lost livelihoods and those resettled. The UNDP has been funding the Post-Elections Violence Livelihoods (PEV) Recovery Project is UNDP contributing to Government's efforts to address issues of post-election violence victims.
The official was speaking during the launch of the Progressive Dairy Farmers Cooperative Milk Cooling Plant, with a capacity of 3,000 litres, at Karuna, Eldoret East and the District Business Solution Centre (DBSC) in Eldoret town, which offers business development services, to the youth, women, SME and people with disability. "What we now have to do is to ensure that such violence does not recur to disrupt our lives", said Minister for Higher Education Professor Margaret Kamar during the launch.
Meanwhile the IDPs have been called upon to utilize the Eldoret District Business Solution a move to stabilize their livelihood. Speaking during the launch of Eldoret District Business Solution, Peter Eripete a representative from the Ministry of special programmes said they were working with the UNDP to facilitate better lives for the IDPs. "We have are working to create more avenues through which the IDPs and other Kenyans can better their lives through income generating activities", said Eripete.
Eripete urged the residents in the town to utilize the available resources so as to get finance instead of relying on government funds which were inconsistent. He says the IDPs should not concentrate on the the challenges they face and corporate with EBDS as a way of improving their financial abilities. Present at the launch was the Eldoret West District Fisheries Officer John Oluoch who said that project will stimulate fish farming in the region. The UNDP has committed itself to also support youth projects aimed at empowering communities and uniting them ahead of the elections.