Strengthening Public Financial Management at the County Government Level in Kenya
This project will help Kenyan counties address important challenges as they take over powers from the central government. The research team's objective is to strengthen county government capacity to maintain fiscal discipline, enhance operational efficiency, and allocate resources according to national development priorities. Creating better conditions for development The 2010 Constitution of Kenya introduced a devolved government system comprising 47 county governments. The constitution established that county governments would play an important role in Kenya's political and economic development. However, the transition has its challenges. Counties suffer from weak financial management and accountability, human capacity constraints, and development disparities that must be addressed. The Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis, Kenya School of Government, and the Office of the Controller of Budget will work together to strengthen counties' public financial management systems to enhance service delivery and create an enabling environment for development. Reducing poverty, improving wellbeing The project aims to help counties improve fiscal discipline, allocate resources efficiently, and ensure that citizens get value for money from their county governments. It will help promote better public service delivery, improving welfare and contributing to poverty reduction. The expected outcomes align with Kenya's long-term development perspective, Vision 2030. The project team will use the Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability Framework to assess the administrative, financial management, and legislative capacities of Kenya's county governments. They will identify gaps to plan capacity-building activities for national and county finance and budget officers. Project activities will include: -roundtable discussions -inception report -fieldwork mission to six Kenyan counties -surveys, key informant interviews, and focus group discussions -secondary research and analysis The project team will prepare a report of its findings and recommendations, as well as policy briefs, articles, and blogs. Project funding This project is funded under the Think Tank Initiative (TTI). TTI is a multi-funder program dedicated to strengthening independent policy research institutions, or think tanks, in developing countries. The program aims to enhance their ability to provide sound research that informs and influences policy. This second TTI phase (2014-2019) will fund 43 institutions, helping them consolidate their role as credible development actors in their countries, and in some cases, regionally and internationally.