Official visit to the Republic of Seychelles
On November 11th, Ambassador Harald Günther handed over his letter of credentials to the President of the Republic of Seychelles, HE Pres. James A. Michel. In addition, Ambassador Günther met with a range of government officials and business partners as well as the Diplomatic Corps and the Austrian community. We thank the authorities of the Republic of #Seychelles and the Austrian Honorary Consulate in Victoria for the excellent organisation.
Small Embassy Grants: Information
In order to grant financial support to small development projects, the Austrian Embassy Nairobi has means at its disposal which are kindly provided by the budget of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since 1996, these so-called “North-South Embassy-Projects” enable the Ministry to engage also in those LDCs (Least Developed Countries) which are not considered priority countries within the Austrian Development Cooperation.
The Embassy’s role includes the selection and monitoring of the projects within its area of responsibility, which covers ten countries in Eastern Africa: Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Ruanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania and Zambia.
Applying project partners should consider following qualitative standards and guidelines which are considered eligibility criteria by the BMeiA:
Projects must correspond with the guiding objectives of the Austrian development cooperation, namely:
- Poverty reduction
- Securing peace and human security
- Protection of the environment and natural resources
Apart from these fundamental development objectives, the following criteria are considered decisive:
- Support of partnership
- ownership of local institutions
- transparency and consistency of the project management
- effectiveness and efficiency
- commitment / application of concerned groups and persons
- special regards to gender equality and the needs of children and handicapped persons
The support goes strictly to non-profit projects and project partners need to have sufficient administrative capacities, the BMeiA does not assist projects in this regard. Preferred target groups are multipliers in the partner country’s civil societies, such as university professors, artists, journalists, media, networks, small businesses, local NGOs and community institutions. Financial support to Austrian organisations or citizens is strictly limited to cases, in which projects cannot be reached through local partners.
Supported projects may, among others, include:
- Capacity building (esp. in civil society)
- Problem-orientated studies and research projects
- Publications, websites, media, events such as conferences or seminaries etc.
- University and city-partnerships
- Co-financing of projects alongside (local) partners or Austrian donors
Interested project partners are invited to submit their applications by e-mail (subject: “North-South Embassy Projects”) to: nairobi-ob(at)bmeia.gv.at
The Embassy handed out more than 300 sanitary kits in two Kenyan schools
On October 10th, H.E. Ambassador Harald GÜNTHER and a team of the Embassy visited two schools in Kiambu County, Njenga Karume Primary School and Gatatha Primary. Together with our project partners @Rural Teenagers Support Programme and the Deputy County Commissioner of Kiambu County, the Embassy handed out sanitary kits to over 300 girls and boys, which included soap, underwear and re-usable sanitary pads. A great start to the International Day of the Girl Child!
Austria's new Honorary Consul Petra Chantal Reiser
The Austrian Embassy Nairobi is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Petra Chantal REISER as Austria's new Honorary Consul to the Republic of Seychelles, based in Mahé.
The official opening of the Honorary Consulate by the Austrian Ambassador Christian Hasenbichler is planned in spring 2014.
The Honorary Consulate can be reached with immediate effect:
Tel. +248 4261020 (land line) +248 2514111 (mobile)
Two members of staff of the Austrian Embassy in Nairobi visited the NGO „Co-Exist Initiative“ that has been actively supported by the Austrian North-South Embassy projects. Within the scope of the cooperation, Co-Exist focuses on the eradication of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) of Maasai peoples in Kajiado County in Kenya. Educational advertising to the male Maasai population of the effects of FGM stands at the fore of the project. This is a unique approach, since other NGOs predominately focus on FGM and women, whereas Co-Exist aims at eradicating FGM as a cultural practice by targeting the male Maasai population.