The Constitution of Kenya requires public participation in public financial management.The annual budget process is both the process and tool used by the government to raise and spend money to deliver services to the citizens of Kenya.
Under Article 201(a) of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 (CoK), Public participation in public finance is not only a constitutional principle but a mandatory requirement for governments whether National or County under public finance to comply with.
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Fri, Mar 17, 2017
2015 CSO Sustainability Index for Sub-Saharan Africa
The CSO Sustainability Index (CSOSI) for Sub-Saharan Africa is a tool created by USAID to study the strength and overall viability of CSO sectors in each country. The CSOSI tracks changes in the strength of the CSO sector over time and allows for cross-country comparison. Local CSO leaders and activists have found the Index process and final product to be a useful opportunity to look at the larger picture and reflect on sectorial advancements and remaining challenges. 2015 is the seventh edition of this publication.
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Wed, Mar 8, 2017
Mbinu za Uwajibikaji wa Kijamii Kipimo cha Jamii cha Utendakazi na Ukaguzi wa Kijamii
Kijitabu hiki ni cha lugha mbili; Kiswahili na Kiingereza.
Kijitabu hiki kimeundwa kwa kutambua ongezeko la ufahamu kuwa mashirika ya kijamii na watu binafsi wana wajibu muhimu wa kutekeleza katika kuchangia uwajibikaji wa wafanyakazi wa serikali katika utoaji wao wa huduma za umma.Kupitia kwa kijitabu hiki, taasisi ya maswala ya kiuchumi inatarajia kuwatambulisha wananchi kuhusu kipimo cha jamii cha utendakazi na taratibu za ukaguzi wa kijamii.
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Wed, Mar 8, 2017
Social Accountability Mechanisms; Community Scorecard and Social Audit
This is a bilingual booklet; Swahili and English which has been developed in recognition of growing appreciation that locally based associations and individuals have a significant role to play with regard to enhancing accountability of public officials in the delivery of public services.
Through this bilingual booklet, the IEA-Kenya hopes to introduce these citizens to the community score card and the social audit processes.
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Tue, Apr 5, 2016
Citizen Report Card on Service Delivery in Public Primary Schools: Findings from the Counties of Baringo, Busia, Kajiado, Kilifi, Mombasa, Nairobi and Taita-Taveta
An assessment of public service providers enables them to evaluate their own services. It is best to allow service consumers and beneficiary communities themselves to do the assessment since they understand the real context and can give authentic information about their own satisfaction than anybody else. The Citizen Report Card Survey is an instrument that provides important feedback to the service provider on the adequacy, efficiency and quality of services from actual users of public services. One of the primary purposes of the survey is to empower citizens and motivate service providers to engage with them on service delivery.
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Thu, Feb 25, 2016
Participatory Budgeting, Community Score Card and Citizen Report Card Toolkit
Citizen participation in governance is a key component of the public reforms that were instituted by Kenya’s 2010 Constitution. Article 1 (1) of the Constitution states that all sovereign power belongs to the people of Kenya. This power can be expressed through direct participation by the people or indirectly through their democratically elected representatives, Article 1 (2).
Public participation in governance seeks the involvement of those potentially affected by or interested in a decision made by government. The Constitution has given prominence to public participation in governance by including it among the national values and principles of governance. The Constitution also guarantees citizen participation in governance and the decision making process, and in public financial matters at the county (Article 196 (b)). One of the objects of Kenya’s devolution is ‘to give powers of self-governance to the people and enhance the participation of the people in the exercise of the powers of the State and in making decisions affecting them’ (Article 174 (c)).
Nairobi is among the cities of the continent of Africa that is growing rapidly partly due to opportunities that it provides for Kenyans migrating from the rural areas and inhabitants from other countries of Africa. Nairobi is home to major organizations such as the United Nations headquarters. Its central location in the continent Africa and proximity to the coastal town of Mombasa not to mention its conducive climate makes it a favourite for many. Nairobi contributes about 60% of Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product.
This booklet by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA- Kenya) on the Nairobi 2040 Scenarios captures the process that resulted in the scenarios developed by the Institute of Economic Affairs through its Futures Programme in collaboration with the Rockefeller Foundation. The stories bring out alternatives futures for this fast growing city. Planners and policy makers can greatly benefit from these possible scenarios as they work towards policies that will contribute to a desirable, more habitable and sustainable city.
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Tue, Aug 12, 2014
A Primer to the Emerging Extractive Sector in Kenya: Resource Bliss, Dilemma or Curse
In any economy, the extractive sector (ES) consists mainly of oil, gas and mining activities. This is a sector with great potential to enhance an economy. Indeed, experience in countries such as Norway, Canada, Botswana and Ghana suggests that extractives can be effectively managed to contribute to sustainable economic growth. Experience, however, in other parts of the world including Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), South Sudan, and the Central African Republic (CAR), suggest that extractives if not well managed can be a curse leading to conflict.
Presently, extractives in Kenya contribute approximately one per cent to gross domesticproduct (GDP). The sector is however emerging. In the recent past, there have been oil andmore mining discoveries in Kenya. For instance, oil has been discovered in Turkana County, andthere are new discoveries in the mining sectors for minerals such as titanium in Kilifi Countyand coal in Kitui County. In addition, Kenya is actively undertaking off shore explorations withthe aim of making gas discoveries.
The growing extractive sector in Kenya means that there is need to give more attention tothe social and economic dynamics of the sector. For instance, when Kenya discovered oilin Turkana County in March 2012, the Government was faced with emergent issues suchas environmental implications, community obligations and rights, a suitable governanceframework, and effective utilisation of resources generated from the sector.
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Sun, Jan 12, 2014
Handbook on County Planning, County Budgeting and Social Accountability
This handbook aims to provide an easy read to citizens as well as leaders on public finance under Kenya’s devolved governance, planning and budgeting at the county level and highlights some social accountability tools and mechanisms. The book has been developed in recognition of growing appreciation among governments, the donor community and civil society that local communities have a significant role to play with regard to enhancing accountability of public officials in the management of public funds, reducing corruption and leakage of funds and improving public service delivery.