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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 purpose of AHADI is to support Kenya’s vision and agenda for achieving the promise of devolution. AHADI aims to promote governance systems that are transparent, accountable, effective in service delivery, and responsive to empowered citizens by working at both the national and county government levels.

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...

Project Description

In partnership with Kenyan institutions, AHADI is enhancing capacity to implement devolution by piloting innovative tools, knowledge sharing mechanisms, and capacity building activities that benefit both devolved and national-level institutions while contributing to sector outcomes through policy development and implementation. AHADI activities are planned and implemented in collaboration with Kenyan leaders in government and civil society, and in close coordination with other development partners and USAID implementers and include training, on-the-job mentoring, and experiential learning to advance the work of government and citizens.

AHADI is an integrated governance program working to leverage governance advances to improve service delivery outcomes while also working to directly deliver sector results in agriculture, education and climate change and extractives. To achieve these sector outcomes, AHADI is working with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology to train county education to enhance the capacity of members to effectively implement education reform programs; and supporting the development and implementation of water, sanitation and hygiene policies at the county level among other initiatives.

With AHADI’s help county governments and citizens are learning from each other. An information hub on devolution will disseminate practical tools, policy research, and lessons learned to ensure that shared learning, peer mentoring, pilot programs, and cross-county exchanges benefit all county and national institutions. AHADI is integrating citizen participation into training, policy development, and research activities to provide a key link between citizens and government. AHADI will work with community organizations, as well as regional and national organizations, to help them seize opportunities for government participation. AHADI will also work to implement constitutional and statutory provisions for meaningful citizen participation.

AHADI is creating linkages between County Assemblies, Governors, County Executive Committees, and Parliament to advance and maintain devolution’s momentum. It will also facilitate consultative forums bringing together citizen associations and civil society organizations in constituencies and key coordinating bodies to foster sound relationships and dialogue.