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Center for International Development Hosts Delegation of Kenyan Senators

Kenya Devolved Government Committee Study Tour with University at Albany President Robert J. Jones and SUNY/CID Staff

Kenya Devolved Government Committee Study Tour with University at Albany President Robert J. Jones and SUNY/CID Staff

The SUNY Center for International Development’s (SUNY/CID) Kenya Parliamentary Strengthening Program hosted a delegation of Kenyan Senators from the Devolved Government Committee to Albany from October 15-18.

In 2010 Kenya adopted a new constitution. In addition to the Kenya National Assembly, the new constitution established a Senate whose members represent the 47 newly established counties. Elections were held on March 4, 2013 to elect these 47 new County Assemblies and Governors as well as the newly constituted Senate. This new Senate is called upon to oversee allocations and expenditures for each of the 47 county governments. It is also expected to support the county assemblies, assisting in the preparation of initial rules of procedure and training. The Senate’s Devolved Government Committee, represented by the delegation, has a mandate to consider all matters related to intergovernmental and inter-county relations, governance and management of county governments, cities towns and urban areas.

The objectives of the visit to Albany included encouraging dialogue and partnerships between the Kenya Senate’s Devolved Government Committee and state and county level governments in the U.S. in an effort to support Kenya’s transition to devolved governance; begin a dialogue with University at Albany and SUNY experts to support the work of the Devolved Government Committee; and collaborating with SUNY/CID in designing future activities to support the Committee’s work.

Kenya Senate Devolved Government Committee with New York State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson

Kenya Senate Devolved Government Committee with New York State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson in the New York State Senate Chamber

During the visit, the delegation met with government counterparts at the New York State Senate, the Comptroller’s office, Schenectady County, Albany County, and the New York State Association of Counties. They also met with experts at the University’s renowned centers including SUNY/CID, the Center for Technology in Government, Rockefeller Institute of Government as well as professors from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.

For 25 years, SUNY/CID, housed at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, has been working to enhance the capacity of government institutions with development projects on five continents in over 40 countries. SUNY/CID’s ongoing Kenya Parliamentary Strengthening Program is jointly funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the British Department for International Development (DfID). The program is working to build Parliament’s capacity to govern in a more democratic, effective and transparent manner.

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Posted October 15, 2013