Agile and Harmonized Assistance for Devolved Institutions (AHADI)
In January of 2014, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded a five year contract for $49 million to the Center for International Development of Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy (SUNY/CID) to implement the Agile and Harmonized Assistance for Devolved Institutions (AHADI) project. AHADI supports Kenya’s newly devolved system of government, introduced in 2010 with the passage of a new constitution establishing 47 county governments. The purpose of AHADI (which means promise in Swahili) is to support Kenya’s vision and agenda for achieving the promise of devolution by promoting governance systems that are transparent, accountable, and effective in service delivery and responsive to empowered citizens.
After a year of implementation, AHADI can report significant achievements in building the capacity of national coordinating institutions and ministries to effectively oversee the devolution process while supporting county governments in their efforts to deliver the newly devolved services. AHADI’s approach is Kenyan-led and demand-driven; in partnership with Kenyan institutions, SUNY/CID is piloting innovative tools, knowledge sharing mechanisms and trainings that benefit both county and national-level institutions. Offering technical assistance to 21 target counties and training, research and mentoring developed for all, AHADI will help build governance capacity at many levels.
Highlights from AHADI’s first year include:
- Establishing a resource center at the Council of Governors (COG) Secretariat in Nairobi.
- Supporting the recruitment, training and induction of personnel for Council of Governors technical committees.
- Training (through support to Ministry of Education, Science and Technology) all 47 County Education Boards to enhance their ability to implement education reform programs in the counties.
- Assisting County Executives to: build capacity in public financial management, public and participatory budgeting and planning; improve service delivery and administrative capacity; and develop county participation mechanisms to improve consultation between the government and citizens.
- Assisting County legislatures that to enhance legislative, policy, budgeting and representational capacity.
- Building of the outreach capacity of the County Assembly Forum (CAF) to develop a communication and public relations strategy and the tools to implement that strategy.
- Assisting the Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) to prepare recommendations on revenue sharing between the National and County governments and among County Governments.
- Assisting the Senate to build a County Liaison Office to enhance the policy making capacity, build the knowledge and skills of legislative staff and Members to work in a bicameral legislature in a presidential system of government and strengthen committee structures.
- Providing support to the Kenya Law Reform Commission in developing a draft legislative guide to assist both the National and County Governments in the formulation of policies, bills and administrative measures.
Building upon these successes, AHADI will continue to offer the necessary support to all levels to implement devolution; providing support to its target counties, strengthening public financial management and modernizing procurement systems, assisting in the development of key policy priorities and creating sustainable public participation mechanisms. AHADI’s strong field team, its partnerships with government stakeholders and its successful efforts to coordinate with other USAID-sector projects are driving AHADI’s increasing momentum.
Posted September 28, 2015