What competencies do the local management have – the Mikoko Pamoja Steering Group and the Project Co-ordinator?
The co-ordinator is a full time employee under the management of our local supervisor Dr James Kairo of Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (a government institute). Hence he has strong line management and must report to government standards. The Mikoko Pamoja Steering group is registered with the Kenyan government – so they have official legal status. They consist of elected members representing the people of the Gazi Bay area, and include a local headmaster, village chief, and school secretary. This means they have a democratic mandate and command local respect. They are not competent to make scientific decisions but have our assistance with that. However, they are fully competent in representing local people and in conducting community consultations with the help of the co-ordinator. They also assist with the range of tasks needed to run the project but again are assisted by the technical advisors on the ground and overseas, and by the full time co-ordinator