THE MSME ALLIANCE OF KENYA
The MSME Alliance of Kenya was founded as an umbrella body for the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) in Kenya. The Alliance provides a uniﬁed single voice for SMEs in Kenya so as to inﬂuence policy through structured engagement with the Government and other stakeholders to further the growth of the sector. In addition, the Alliance will also focus on speciﬁc operational issues that deﬁne criteria for success in the SME sector.
The MSME Alliance of Kenya has been established to be a center of excellence where all government and relevant stakeholder support to the SME sector will be channeled hence ensuring eﬃciency. Moreover, the alliance has proactively ensured inclusion of stakeholders and other public and private sector parties so as to improve its legitimacy and relevance. The various stakeholders have been incorporated in the National Governing Council (NGC) and will contribute to the running of the Alliance. The MSME alliance will also become a learning institution and will continuously adapt interventions to new needs. The board of the MSME alliance ensures improvement of the quality of products and services provided, it is led by High-level professionals with long-term experience in the SME sector.
The MSME Alliance of Kenya has well developed mechanisms for evaluations to assess the impact of products and services on a continuous basis so as to monitor and communicate achievements. The Alliance will also partner with third parties for independent external evaluations. Based on the objectives of the MSME Alliance of Kenya, the Alliance develops and operates a multi-annual strategy with broad objectives and budgets, which cover a period of several years. The organizations also develops annual plans, including speciﬁc targets of the activities to be carried out and indicators to monitor and evaluate. Examples of targets are: number of informal sectors that have been formalized, number of enterprises assisted, number of policies reviewed, developed and lobbied for, number of participants in trainings, number of unique visitors and/or average costs per small business assisted. The multi-annual strategy and annual work plans are approved by the board.