SUNY/CID provides support for devolved government in Kenya
Kenya’s 2010 Constitution presents important innovations in the separation of government authority and establishes a two-tier devolved government structure with a central government and 47 county governments. In March 2013, Kenyan elections selected a new President, Legislators for the National Assembly and the new Senate, County Governors and County legislators. Efforts to shape the architecture and character of devolved governance are on-going under the leadership of the recently established Transitional Authority (TA).
During the spring of 2013, SUNY/CID’s Kenya Parliamentary Support Project received additional funds and began implementing activities to support the Transition Authority during this challenging transition. The funding will help to build the TA’s capacity to plan and monitor the transition and effectively engage with key institutions and citizens regarding devolved governance.
Over a period of six months, the Project will support the TA to develop tools and frameworks to monitor and evaluate the implementation of new devolved governments, develop an Information Resource Center on devolution, prepare an e-government and information policy plan to ensure effective and efficient communication and knowledge sharing and assist in organizing orientations for new County Assembly Clerks and Speakers. Ensuring that Kenya’s long awaited process of devolution is able to deliver on the high expectations and promised benefits will involve many challenges. With PSP support, the TA is poised to play a pivotal role in ensuring a smooth transition.
Posted May 29, 2013