The Frontier Counties Development Council (FCDC) is a collective platform formed in 2014 and officially registered in April 2016, composed of the County Governments of Lamu, Tana River, Garissa, Wajir, Mandera, Marsabit, Isiolo, Turkana, Samburu and West Pokot. The Council promotes cooperation, coordination, and information sharing between Counties in view of enhancing socio-economic development and promoting peaceful co-existence among its members.
FCDC wants to enhance the benefits of the devolution process in its member counties by serving as a catalyst and trigger for sustainable development and prosperity in the FCDC region. FCDC is mandated to facilitate the review and the integration of relevant policies, particularly those that affect directly on frontier counties to ensure there is a better collaboration among concerned agencies and authorities beyond frontier counties' boundaries and jurisdictions.
The Council has a Secretariat and offices based in Nairobi, with technical and management staff, drawn largely from the FCDC region.
FCDC provides a shared platform for cohesive social, economic, and political steer, transformative leadership, and a framework for effectively achieving development results through collective action for people-centered development. FCDC has established Sector Forums as mechanisms for implementing activities at the County Level.
The Sector Forum for Agriculture and Livestock (SFAL) is responsible for coordinating and facilitating all issues related to agriculture and livestock in the 10 member counties. It is steered by the County Executive Committee Members (CECMs) who meet every three months to review policies.
SFAL is currently supported by Swiss Development Cooperation funded the Livestock Sector Strengthening Project, whose overall aim is to enhance livestock productivity in the FCDC region.
Sector Forum for Peace and Cohesion (SFPC) is a structure of the FCDC that aims at reducing conflicts within the region. The Sector Forum aims at enhancing cooperation, coordination, and information flow on peace and security between FCDC counties, with the National Government and other peace and security actors in Kenya and beyond. All 10 Members of the SFPC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that stipulates how the Sector Forum conducts its business.
The Sector Forum for Health (SFH) is a platform for County Health Executives formed in 2018 to help create synergies and coordinate health initiatives in the FCDC region. It harmonizes health policies and provides a platform for the exchange of information and learning. The HSF is also a platform to advocate for health issues, including jointly formulating policies. Ultimately, HSF will enhance and accelerate progress towards better health outcomes in the FCDC counties.
The Sector Forum for Land and Physical Planning (LaSF) is the coordination platform for the County Executive Committee members in charge of land and physical planning in their respective counties. Significant portions of land in the FCDC region are communally owned and managed, hence the members of LaSF harmonize policies, including county on spatial plans and implementation of Community Land Act 2016.