Hunger Safety Net Programme is a Government flagship programme under Ministry of Devolution and Planning. All Government programmes and policies are communicated to the citizens at the Location and sub-Location levels by Chiefs & Assistant Chiefs. According to the Kenyan Law, Chief’s Act Chapter 128 (revised edition 2012) defines the powers and duties of Chiefs.
In July 2015, HSNP partnered with Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs through the HSNP’s Field Communication Model (FCM) with the key objective of enhancing communications at the grassroots level. The chiefs and assistant chiefs supported by the village elders play a crucial role of ensuring that the HSNP communities receive key programme information that is timely, accurate and credible. The chiefs and assistant chiefs also support in sharing feedback from the HSNP communities.
Following the success of the FCM, in consultation with the Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs, it was agreed that the later would have a role of handling basic case management issues at the grassroots. The Chiefs and Assistant chiefs support the programme in reporting cases on payments and others. Further, they also support the programme in delivery of key programme operation processes such as registration, targeting and bank account opening. Their roles in registration, targeting and bank account opening is to raise awareness, mobilise target beneficiaries, share key messages, certify the validity of households within their jurisdiction, verify geographical boundaries amongst others.
HSNP continually builds the capacity of Chiefs and Assistant chiefs and ensure that they have the right tools to effectively perform their roles. The programme communicates with the Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs through face-to-face meetings with HSNP County officers, mobile phone calls and HSNP mass SMS alert.
Field Communications Model