On 10th November 2020, KANCO received two awards during the East African Leadership Award 2020 event. The awards are for the Dream Company to Work for and Innovative Leadership Award 2020 categories.
In the Dream Company to work for KANCO was recognized for being an organization that is not just people centered but one that strives to achieve excellence in the areas of engagements. KANCO has a long trail of successful health advocacy engagements, innovations, mentorship programs and youth centered programs, while maintaining a multi-partnership engagements, with advocacy and development partners both locally and globally, that continue to influence policy and investments for health.
In turn KANCO has attracted talent both young and old and has gained national regional and global recognition in health advocacy and model programming. With experience spanning over 3 decades, KANCO has championed many policies at the country and regional level, held governments to account on health financing and investment and championed many programs that have transformed both the general and key population lives in the strive for realization of healthy people and empowered communities.
The innovative Leadership Award was in recognition of KANCO’s leadership role in the CSOs starting from the advent of HIV and AIDS in Kenya, and for being a Voice for the CSO’s in many multinational platforms including the Global Fund. In addition to KANCO being a resilient organization that has continued to evolve for an effective disease response, KANCO, has been a leader in establishment and strengthening of health platforms at the national, regional and global levels.
Some of the organizations championing health advocacy that KANCO has supported in establishing include, EANNASO, AFRICASO, WACI Health, the action Global Health Partnership that champions health across continents as well as continued mentorship for the over 1200 member organizations. KANCO has also been in the forefront of Provision of health thought leadership at the National, Regional and Global Space, championing health policy change/redress at these levels and currently sits at the ACTION Global partnership, and Results Educational Think Tanks).
This Leadership has earned recognition with KANCO receiving many awards such as the Head of state commendation award, Common wealth award in recognition of contribution to policy and advocacy and the Executive director receiving the Lifetime achievers award and the continental achievers award for demonstrated outstanding leadership across sectors in the continent. Further, KANCO has been deliberate on Mentorship for health advocacy towards heath platforms development and responsive Policy.
Receiving the awards, the Executive Director, Allan Ragi noted “We are happy to be able to represent and serve our communities, and we are very proud of our members and partners working with us to improve the lives of our people’.