Uasin Gishu County: a beacon of development and empowerment

Uasin Gishu County, situated in the beautiful landscapes of Kenya, has undergone a remarkable transformation since the introduction of devolution. Once known for its village polytechnics, the county has now evolved into a hub of educational excellence and economic growth. With impressive infrastructure, innovative vocational training centres, and a strong focus on agriculture, Uasin Gishu has become a shining example of the potential that lies within devolution.

As a team from the Commission led by Commissioner Hadija Juma and CEO James Katule met with the Governor Uasin Gishu County, H.E Jonathan Bii, and other senior officials of the county executive, they marvelled at the achievements in the area since 2013 in terms of health, agriculture, water, roads, education and urban development.

The Impact of Vocational Training Centres

At the heart of Uasin Gishu’s progress lies its state-of-the-art Vocational Training Centres (VTCs). Unlike the traditional village polytechnics, these centres resemble universities in terms of infrastructure and facilities. They offer comprehensive training to students, equipping them with the skills necessary to succeed in the workforce. Remarkably, some of the infrastructure at these centres is constructed by the students themselves, providing them with practical experience and a sense of ownership.

Students working on a construction site
Nyenyilel Vocational Training Centre

One of the key benefits of these VTCs is their close collaboration with employers. By linking students with potential work opportunities, they ensure that the skills imparted are relevant to the job market. This approach has not only empowered the youth but has also contributed to local economic growth through the creation of employment opportunities.

Empowering Agriculture through Devolution

Uasin Gishu County has long been known for its agricultural activities, particularly dairy farming. However, farmers faced challenges, such as milk spoilage, which led to significant losses. Thanks to the introduction of devolution, a milk cooling plant was established, linking farmers directly to consumers. This plant has revolutionized the dairy sector, allowing farmers to sell their milk when it’s fresh, reducing spoilage and improving their livelihoods.

The CRA team at a milk cooling plant in Uasin Gishu County

Furthermore, devolution has provided the means for farmers to access training and guidance to enhance their milk production. By investing in the development of agricultural offices at the ward level, the county ensures that farmers can easily access the support and resources they need. This, in turn, has boosted agricultural productivity and employment in the region.

Infrastructure development and community well-being

The leadership in Uasin Gishu County has been instrumental in driving development projects within the county. With funds allocated through equitable share, a bridge was constructed, transforming the lives of local communities. Before its construction, crossing through water bodies was a daily challenge for residents. Now, they can enjoy the convenience and safety of a sturdy bridge.

A bridge constructed using monies from the Equalisation Fund

The impact of devolution extends beyond infrastructure. Early Childhood Development (ECD) classes, once simple shanties, have undergone a remarkable transformation. These centres now boast modern facilities, including child-friendly ablution blocks, equipped kitchens, and well-organized administration blocks. The increased enrolment of children in these centres is a testament to the county’s commitment to laying a strong educational foundation for its future generations.

ECD classes constructed with devolved funds


Uasin Gishu County stands as a shining example of how devolution can bring about positive change to the lives of local communities. Through its innovative vocational training centres, agricultural advancements, and infrastructure development, Uasin Gishu county has empowered its citizens and fostered an environment for growth and prosperity.

The leadership of Uasin Gishu County has demonstrated the potential of collaborative governance and strategic planning. The positive impact of donor support has also played a crucial role in realizing the county’s development goals.

As Uasin Gishu continues to build on its successes, it serves as an inspiration for other regions, demonstrating the power of good governance, education, and agriculture in creating a brighter future for all.