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Center for International Development Hosts Kenyan Government Delegation

Kenyan Delegation with President Jones and staff from SUNY/CID and CTG.(Photo Mark Schmidt)

The SUNY Center for International Development’s (SUNY/CID) Kenya Parliamentary Strengthening Program hosted a delegation of senior officials from the government of Kenya, to assist them in implementing a new devolved form of government.

On March 4, 2013 Kenya held elections for 47 new county governments. This occasion brings with it historic opportunities and challenges as county assemblies and governors prepare to fulfil their new mandates. The visit allowed key players in the devolution process the opportunity to plan for intergovernmental coordination through e-government, build county-level economic development strategies, and apply innovative training methods to build human resource capacity.

Members of the delegation represented key national government institutions responsible for devolution including the Transition Authority, a ministerial-level body charged with overseeing the overall implementation of devolution; the Public Service Commission, charged with developing human resource systems for county staff; the Center for Devolution Studies of the Kenya School of Government; and the Centre for Parliamentary Studies and Training, charged with training members and staff of county assemblies.

For 25 years, SUNY/CID, housed at 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.

To leverage the University at Albany’s breadth of technical resources for the visit, SUNY/CID partnered with the Center for Technology in Government and the Professional Development Program to deliver cutting edge expertise in e-government implementation and innovative curriculum design and training techniques.

See more of SUNY/CID's work in Kenya

Posted July 3, 2013
Updated July 15, 2013