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Project structure/activities

The structure of our project

The stakeholders during the project are our principal Esther Mwaniki, supervisor Otto Kroesen, the professional we will work with, the local government and schools, companies in the surrounding. In the appendix is stated two options of a weekly planning of our project which is explained below.

We have got two different types of schedules which are all the same for the first four weeks. In these weeks we have to discover what is the most valuable and what the possibilities are for the region. Either this is to set up an entrepreneurship school either to teach the people a vocational skill and set up a small business. To find out which options we are going to work out we have planned our first four weeks in Nairobi, shortly in Molo and Nakuru. The first week and a half in Nairobi we can speak with a lot of people from Esther Mwaniki’s network and some people we know from our contacts in the Netherlands who live in Nairobi at this moment. Hereafter we will go to Molo to validate the presumptions on culture, region and people we made during our preparations in the Netherlands.

We will speak with the inhabitants and try to find out what they really need/want. At last we will go to Nakuru to visit an entrepreneurship school and finish or adapt our business plan and project plan with all the extra knowledge we have gathered.
After these four weeks the schedule is dependable on which option we have chosen. Both schedules are worked out in the appendix but it is very difficult right now to give further details for the last six weeks because it totally depends on what we eventually decide to do. A global completion for both options is worked out in the schedules.

Because of the fact that the Kenyan work rate is lower than we are used to and we have to adapt to the Kenyan culture and way of living we took plenty of time for our meetings in Nairobi an Nakuru. We have planed to speak with 4 different people and visit two entrepreneurship schools in Nairobi and to visit two schools in Nakuru in the scheduled time.

Important milestones and deliverables are a big network, broad support of the inhabitants and a good report afterwards. After each bar / time slot in the schedule we want to revise and conclude our findings and check if this is accordance with our project and business plan and, if necessary, update and adjust those plans. We have to look critically at the progress of our project. It is essential to document all our meetings so we can always look back our decisions.

Besides the project planning we made a couple of agreements with our group regarding the documentation and progress of the project. We decided to meet twice a week to discuss the state of affairs and to get an agreement on the following steps to take. We agreed to take down every meeting and try to upload the notes on the openresearch for our supervisors but because of the uncertainty of the accessibility of internet we are not sure if this is possible, the same applies to meetings with professionals and organizations. At the end of our stay we will make a detailed report of our findings.

Overseeing the project, we have got enough time for our project at the basics. But a critical comment on this is our, and their, holiday which is in the middle of the project when we have just started to work with the youth of Molo. This break during our project is quite unfortunate in our planning but insuperable. When we adjust our project plan in the fourth week we must think carefully about how to handle this.

 

 

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