In an effort to enhance service delivery to members of Self Help Groups, the Self Help-Programme launched new policies during the programme’s 25th All Leaders Annual General Meeting held on March 4th. The policies were launched as supplementary documents to aid in the interpretation and implementation the newly revised Self-Help Programme Guidelines. Equally, the policies will aid the groups in establishing internal control structures that protect the groups’s assets.
According to the Caritas Nairobi Self Help Programme Coordinator, Mr Eric Gichobi, as the coordinating office of the groups’ operations, Caritas Nairobi has the responsibility to respond to the groups’ needs as they continue to expand in membership and capital base.“As the programme continues to grow so is the constant need to streamline administrative structures,” said Mr. Gichobi adding that the policies will assist the groups to adapt to the current economic, social and legal environment while maintaining the relevance of the programme in the communities.
The policies, available at the Caritas Nairobi office are:
The Finance and Procurement Policy:
The document offers an elaborate description of the relevant policies regarding financial management in the Self-Help Groups. It will also assist in guiding procurement functions within the Self Help Programme This is will ensure that the program adapts to the current economic, social and legal environment while maintaining the relevance of the programme in the communities.
The Credit Policy:
The policies will guide the management committees and other stakeholders in the processing and monitoring of loans, managing defaults and development of good loan products
The Human Resource Policy:
This document that is in line with the Kenyan’s Employment Act, guides the management is handling issues relating to human resources i.e recruitment of the groups’ staff members, motivation, the retaining of loyal, responsible and professional staff.