The SEKU ASALI project catalogue of milestones show scores of important achievements in the project that represent a sequence of events that have incrementally built up towards the project completion. The milestones have been used to track the Project advancement to inform the implementers, funders and beneficiaries on the direction it is. Characteristically, the milestones have zero duration because they symbolize achievements, or a point of time in the project. Since thestart and end dates of the milestones depend on specific tasks’ start and end date, task association is a major feature of each milestone.They are a powerful component in the project management because they show key events and map forward movement in the project plan, thus serving as signposts through the course of the project, helping ensure stay on track, and avoidance of just monitoring tasks and not following the right path in the project. They do more than just show progress as they help communicate happenings within the project. Milestones also make it easier to keep projects on track by calling out major events, dates, decisions, and deliverables.

As a project planning best practice, the ASALI project has placed key milestones in the schedule to better manage stakeholder’s expectations. This has helped in defining a dashboard for all project activities to aid in identifying the milestones that have been reached and those that are lagging behind and, manage expectations of those involved in the project. Thus, the ASALI Project milestone is a management tool used to delineate points in the project schedule. Milestones have helped with scheduling and are represented in a Gantt chart, dividing timelines into project phases. The milestones indicate upcoming deadlines for aspects of the project, from deliverables that are due in other projects to impending deliveries from suppliers. By noting the completed milestones, it is possible to measure the distance covered from the finish line of a project. This has made them handy when dealing with the project stakeholders as they not keen in a granular, detailed report on the project’s progress. Reporting on milestones for stakeholders is streamlined to allow viewing progress in real-time and, with own dashboard. Themilestones are largely built around the overall ASALI project one, and include the following, the key one being the start of the legacy funding to the ASALI project being in 2014 and closing at the end of 2019. Others include start and end dates for project phases; key deliveries; client and stakeholder approvals; important meetings and presentations and; key dates or outages that may impact timelines.

Important SEKU ASALI Project Milestones

 

Item

Year I

Year II

Year III

Year IV

1.    

Pre - Inception Group Meetings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.    

Inception Meeting with Critical Stakeholders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. 

Development of the ASALI Project Management Structure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.    

Formation of Project Steering Team (8 people),

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  

Formation of Project Implementation Team (12  people)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.  

Inception Workshop and Signing of MOUs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.  

Development of the ASALI Project Plans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.    

Carrying out comprehensive baseline surveys on livelihoods in relation to the 5 broad objectives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.    

Institutional capacity building through Acquisition of Equipment and Software

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. 

Institutional capacity building through Information Acquisition and Dissemination

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11. 

Institutional capacity building through SEKU Staff Visits to VU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12.

Institutional capacity building through SEKU Staff attendance of Summer Schools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13. 

Institutional capacity building through curricula development training

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14. 

Institutional capacity building through resource mobilization training

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15. 

Institutional capacity building through support of Masters and PhD Candidates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16. 

Institutional capacity building through Short Training Courses (as per identified needs)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17. 

Experiments and Demonstration of Dew and Fog Harvesting for Crops Growth and domestic water supply

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18. 

Investigations in Use of Alluvial Aquifers for Social and Economic Advantages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19. 

Institutional capacity building Establishment of an ASALI Resource Centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20. 

Institutional capacity building in Establishment of linkages and collaborations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21. 

Community dialogue and stakeholder sensitization on pastures conservation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22. 

University staff capacity building on trans-disciplinary research approaches and methodologies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23.   

University staff capacity on resource mapping and modeling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24.   

University staff capacity through training members of staff at PhD level.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25.   

Carrying out joint researches (by PhD’s, university staff, students and relevant stakeholder)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26.   

Effecting integration of research results for agenda setting and action planning (Stakeholder dialogue in ILA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27.   

Study on Exploitation of Alluvial Aquifers in Livelihoods Support in the Arid and Semi-Arid Areas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28.   

Study on Factors Obfuscating Community Participation in Dew and Fog Harvesting Water Projects

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29.   

Study on Potential for Dew and Fog Harvesting inSouthEasternKenya University (SEKU)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30.   

Indigenous Knowledge profiling in water development and management and, knowledge dissemination

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31.   

Establishment of the forms of Vulnerability on Borehole Water Supplies in Kitui

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

32.   

Establishment of ground water Artificial recharge technologies potential applications across Transect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

33.   

Dissemination of research outputs on Boreholes Vulnerability and Artificial Recharge researches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

34.   

Carry out research on Capacity Building in Forage Conservation Techniques: Silage and Hay Production

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

35.   

Establishment of Extent of Invasive Species and the Dangers Posed to the Livestock Environment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

36.   

Research on Disappearing Livestock Pastures and Herbs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

37.   

Establishment of use of Sustainable NRM Strategies to Enhance Water and Food Security

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

38.   

Assessment of vulnerability of pastoralist, agro-pastoralist and agriculturist farmers to changing climate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

39.   

Resilience Building through Social and Economic Community Village

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

40.   

Publicity and Visibility Creation for SEKU-ASALI Projects and PhD Study

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

41.   

Production of SEKU-ASALI Promotional Video/Documentary and Branded Items 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

42.   

Profiling and screening of farmers and pastoralists in SEKenya in terms food and nutrition status

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

43.   

Assessment of food availability, accessibility and utilization in SEK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

44.   

Establishment of five (5) grasses and three (3) legume pastures in Moi Girls High Isinya

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

45.   

Determining the Ecological Diversity of HVMTs within the Traditional Agroforestry Systems in SE Kenya

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

46.   

Monitoring and Evaluation through semi-annual project progress and review meetings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

47.   

End of Project Meetings and Reviews

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

48. 

Project Closur