KLIDP Project comes to a close—what has been achieved?Saadiya Haji
KLIDP Project comes to a close—what has been achieved?
In order to support Kenya‘s leather sector, the USAID East Africa Trade & Investment Hub launched the Kenya Leather Industry Development Programme (KLIDP) in partnership with IL&FS Clusters in 2016. The Project was a one year integrated programme covering the entire value chain, with focus on downstream industries (leather and leather prod- ucts manufacturers). The Programme was designed in con- sultation with public and private stakeholders in the leather industry and also drew from experiences and best practices from India.
Some of the key interventions undertaken under this Project include:-
Diagnostic and Skill Gap Assessment—This was conduct- ed to identify existing skill gaps vis-à-vis the leather indus- try‘s current and future requirements and suggest measures to bridge the gap in order to enhance competitiveness. Some of the gaps identified include:-
- Machinery in training institutions are worn out or not installed for
- Lack of standardized training curriculum as each train- ing institution adopts its
- Courses offered are mostly long term (2-4) years there- fore involving huge costs for trainees and
- Courses largely based on theory and lack in practical
- Demand-supply mismatch as output of training institu- tions is not aligned to industry‘s
- Limited number of qualified
In order to address training needs, master trainers drawn from Training and Production Center for Shoe Industry (TPCSI), Kenya Industrial Training Institute (KITI), Kenya Industrial Research Development Institute (KIRDI) and Leather Articles Enterpreneurs Association (LAEA) were trained in India on the use of multi media. In turn, these train- ees trained 20 trainers (from their respective institutions) in order to create a sizeable pool of trained trainers who can impart skill trainings. A multi media based training content
was provided to the training institutions to enable them provide industry oriented and practical short term courses. 10 change agents and 150 collectors, curers and pro- ducers were trained on best practices for reduction in defects, improved curing, ripping and flaying practic- es by experts from the Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI)—India. This was done based on the finding that one of the key challenges facing the leather sector was raw material quality which impacts on the quality of fin- ished leather and leather products.
10 selected small and medium size tannery represent- atives were trained on clean and efficient leather pro- cessing technology (e.g. chrome water less tanning) by experts from CLRI (India).
As the Project came to a close, the following were the recommendations:-
- More awareness programmes should be conducted by training institutions i.e. Animal Health and Industry Training Institute (AHITI) on the importance of good quality hides and
- Technology upgrade programme for tanners is re- quired to enable them develop quality leather that is relevant to the needs of leather products manufactur-
- Replicate Indian triple helix model of; Industry— Academia-Research to facilitate:- technology trans- fer, build research capability and establish linkage to strengthen academic programmes in leather and leather
- Capacity building of training institutions in order to ensure sustainability of training
- KLDC in collaboration with relevant agencies to look into ways of ensuring that tanneries comply with reg- ulations on cleaner