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Agile and Harmonized Assistance for Devolved Institutions (AHADI) Project

With the adoption of the 2010 Constitution, Kenya set itself on a path toward devolution, introducing a new system of governance that includes 47 county governments with governors and legislatures. The Agile and Harmonized Assistance for Devolved Institutions Program supports Kenya's devolution agenda by partnering with Kenyan institutions to promote governance systems that are transparent, accountable, effective in service delivery and responsive to empowered citizens. The program's interventions aim to transform Kenya's new county governments into effective and functional organizations more capable of delivering services at the county level.

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. Read More...

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Project Description

AHADI works in partnership with a variety of stakeholders to address cross-sectoral governance processes and capacity challenges that impact service delivery and effective implementation of devolution.

Activity Areas

Good Governance: AHADI's focus is to improve democratic governance and strengthen local governance capacity and structures in 22 targeted counties. Support under this pillar includes strengthening the ability of counties to develop sound laws and policies; improve performance of key sectors; optimize revenue generation, and ensure proper management of public monies (public expenditure management). AHADI is also supporting induction programs for newly-elected county officials (executives and legislators) in target counties to smooth the transition and minimize service disruption following the August 2017 General Election.

Devolution enabling environment and intergovernmental relations: AHADI works with national ministries and intergovernmental bodies to build sustainable capacity for devolved governance and service delivery. Interventions include strengthening the functional capacity of key intergovernmental institutions and supporting the development of enabling policies, laws, cooperation frameworks and mechanisms that strengthen devolution and cooperation among government actors. For example, AHADI is supporting the development of alternative dispute resolution regulations to provide non-legal means of resolving intergovernmental conflicts.

Civic engagement and social accountability mechanisms: AHADI enhances the capacity of government entities and citizens to engage in collaborative and mutually-beneficial relationships for enhanced accountability and service delivery. AHADI does this by supporting the development of public participation mechanisms and guidelines, enhancing citizens' access to information and building the capacity of citizen organizations to engage with county governments.

Education: AHADI supports the Ministry of Education to improve the policy and legislative framework for education by facilitating stakeholder engagement in the review of the Special Needs Education Policy and in the development of both the National Curriculum Policy and the Basic Education Curriculum Reforms Framework. In addition, AHADI provides training to school managers (members of county education boards, primary school boards of management and parents' associations) to enhance their on-the-job skills and ensure effective participation in school governance.

Learning on devolution: AHADI promotes learning on devolution by developing innovative governance tools such as the County Capacity Index (a diagnostic that objectively measures county capacity in 10 critical areas) and supporting learning forums and knowledge sharing mechanisms such as the devolution study groups (forums that brings together governance stakeholders to discuss governance issues). AHADI also supports research and best practice centers such as the Council of Governors Maarifa Center to facilitate development and dissemination of best approaches in effective implementation of devolution.