U.S. subsidizing massive survey being conducted in person
(Tea Party) – As the Obama administration continues to provide growing aid to Kenya, the U.S. will help subsidize a nationwide citizen-health assessment in every Kenyan county without exception.
The estimated project cost still remains a mystery, however, a separate Kenya-based trade-promotion project unveiled late last week came with a price tag of an additional $70 million.
With U.S. taxpayer help, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics will implement the 2014 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey, or KDHS.
The effort with Kenya will be coordinated with United Nations agencies, the U.S. government and “other partners.” The U.S. will fund a KDHS requirement that involves deploying contractor caravans across the East African nation of 45 million.
The goal of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s is to facilitate the travel accommodations which will be necessary to conduct 45,000 household in-person health surveys of women aged 15-49 and men 15-54.
The objective of the survey is to provide “demographic, socioeconomic and health data” that policymakers will leverage for future “planning, monitoring and evaluation.” This is according to procurement documents WND located via routine database research.
The work will be spread across 1,600 geographic “clusters” and is expected to last 160 to 220 days. The project may begin as early as April 28.
This is an ambitious endeavor that will demand the deployment of a six-member, driver-escorted team to each of Kenya’s 47 counties, with two groups focusing on the capital of Nairobi.
Seventy-seven out of a total of 89 pages showed that the bulk of the project Statement of Work simply list the voluminous cluster areas that have been targeted.
Over the next five years, USAID could separately spend up to $70 million on its new East Africa Trade and Investment Hub project—a Nairobi-based endeavor designed “to increase regional trade competitiveness and reduce poverty.”
It is the goal of the Obama administration to leverage the “rise in a new consumer class” in and around Kenya. According to the initiative’s Request for Proposals, despite the fact that there is rising economic security across a variety of population segments, there are still many barriers to prosperity.
A key driver of the program’s success is the promotion of regional economic integration. In the 145-page RFP numerous strategies to strengthen existing regional trade-bloc efforts and to launch new initiatives are spelled out. This includes grants to African businesses.
USAID/Power Africa and Trade Africa, or PATA, and the Regional Mission for East Africa will be responsible for administering the Hub project.
Obama’s multi-billion-dollar Power Africa initiative is aiming to double citizen access to electricity and other power sources across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Last summer WND exposed the administration’s plan to create a new public-private bureaucracy for Power Africa. The administration says it is necessary to overcome the corruption and incompetence that pervades African governments and power utilities.
WND has also reported on the “exponential growth” of U.S. assistance to Kenya in recent years.
WND’s coverage included an exposé of a sophisticated, advertising industry style scheme to sway journalistic opinion in its favor. In typical Obama administration style, the scandal was subsequently covered up.
Still, more recently, another reports sheds light on a plan for the US Navy to build latrines at a Kenyan girl’s school. WND was also the first to cover an initiative designed to help modernize the Kenyan health system.
Around the globe USAID is pursuing multiple new assistance projects, including deploying an adviser to Pakistan. The advisor’s focus will be on encouraging gender equality.
The Gender Specialist (GS), will help the administration in its “colossal multi-sectorial efforts” that will influence attitudes and “social behavioral change” toward women among the Pakistani people.
The GS’s job is to serve as the “technical and managerial guru” to the U.S. Mission in Pakistan. The GS will provide advice on incorporating gender equality into agency initiatives in the nation, which was targeted to receive $2.2 billion in U.S. aid in fiscal year 2013.
The GS will seek to alleviate the “inequalities faced by Pakistan’s women and youth.” In order to accomplish this, assistance plans will be designed with the women and youth population in mind. These efforts are intended to enable these populations “to assume a more active and positive role in Pakistan’s economic, social and political evolution.”