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Connecting People and Ideas for Integrated Development

Meru County Revenue Board Capacity Building

The Meru County Government has ambitious economic development plans. Plans laid out in its first County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) in 2013. To finance its annual budgets, Meru relies on equitable share transfers from the national government, conditional transfers from the national government, grants from development partners, and money raised from local taxes. The Meru County Revenue Board (MCRB) was created in 2014 to increase the amount raised from local taxes to better support the development objectives of the CIDP. To do so, MCRB partnered with SUNY/CID's Agile and Harmonized Assistance for Devolved Institutions (AHADI), USAID’s flagship governance activity program, for capacity building to enable Meru County to meet its strategic vision.

The MCRB approached AHADI to assist in developing a local revenue strategy to estimate revenue potential and enhance operations. The strategy included:

  • Assessing existing revenue frameworks, including business process mapping for revenue collection;
  • Examining potential untapped revenue;
  • Proposing recommendations on how to realize revenue potential;
  • Outlining a plan to implement the recommendations; and
  • Supporting the MCRB and other county stakeholders to understand and participate in the process.

As noted in a recent feature in the Daily Nation, since its creation, MCRB has overseen a 16% growth in revenue collection and instituted automated collection while closing loopholes. With AHADI’s assistance MCRB has also reorganized its organizational structure as well as built institutional capacity to enable more efficient service delivery to Meru County residents.

The increased revenue and enhanced service have meant Meru County has been to more fully realize the goals laid out in its CIDP leading to direct improvement in the lives of its residents.

The purpose of the USAID-funded AHADI project is to help Kenya achieve the promise of devolution through a governance system that is more transparent, accountable, effective in service delivery, and responsive to empowered citizens.

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Posted July 7, 2017