Pathways to Devolution - The Scope for Decentralising State Agencies

Article 6 of the Constitution provides for the devolution of services to 47 counties, and further provides that all State organs must, as far as is possible, ensure the accessibility of their services across the country.

Integrity in Leadership? An assessment of Kenya’s performance in enforcing constitutional values

The struggle for integrity has formed a major part of Kenya’s recent governance history. Over the decades, the Kenyan public has made its desire for a change in the quality and ethical standards of its leaders clear. Again and again they have cited corruption in leaders as a major national problem which must be addressed if Kenya is to progress.

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Did Counties Deliver? Evaluating County Budgets 2013-2014

The Constitution of 2010 provides for a devolved system of governance in which Kenya now has two distinct but interdependent levels of government - the national and county governments - which should cooperate and consult in the conduct of their mutual relations. Kenya is now divided into 47 counties. This is known as a devolved form of government, which is different from the former structure where everything was run by a central government.

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Golden Handshakes - The Retirement Benefits of Senior State Officers in Kenya

This latest report from AfriCOG examines the problem of presidential and senior state officer’s retirement benefits in Kenya, a topic which has been the subject of much heated discussion ever since the retirement of Kenya’s second President, Daniel arap Moi. Public debate and acrimony between government and the opposition
has recently reignited over the President’s refusal to sign the Retirement Benefits (Deputy President and Designated State Officers) Bill, 2013.

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Kenya Governance Report 2013

The Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG) is a non- profit organization that addresses the structural causes of corruption and poor governance in Kenya. AfriCOG envisions a country in which citizens and civic institutions are vigilant over public life and actively scrutinise and demand accountability for the management of the politics and economy of Kenya.

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Implementation of Chapter Six of the Constitution of Kenya 2010

The Constitution of Kenya, 2010 provides, under Chapter 6, for leadership and integrity of all public officers. The Chapter is predicated upon the assumption that State officers1 are the nerve Centre of the Republic and carry the highest level of responsibility in the management of state affairs and, therefore, their conduct should be beyond reproach. This means that under the Constitution Kenyans decreed that those whose conduct does not bring honor, public confidence and integrity have no place in the management of public affairs.

Not So Final? - Analysis of IEBC's Report on March 2013 General Election

Analysis of IEBC's Report on March 2014 General Election

In line with our mission to promote permanent civic vigilance on key governance issues, the Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG) is pleased to present the following report on pending issues related to the March 2013 general election in Kenya.

In April 2014, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) released what it called its “final” results from the March 2013 general elections. This report was the third such published since the election.

Mixed Blessing? Promoting Good Governance in Kenya’s Extractive Industries

Mixed Blessing? Promoting Good Governance in Kenya’s Extractive Industries

As Kenya establishes the framework for exploitation of recent discoveries of large oil and gas deposits, the need for good governance in the sector becomes  paramount. Related experience reveals that resource-rich developing countries often face a range of challenges in translating the potential benefits from such discoveries  into  the  improved  welfare  of  their  citizens. The  result  is  that  the  abundance of natural  resources  in most  developing  countries causes  significant harm rather than  bringing  the expected benefits. This paradox where natural resource endowments occasion misery instead of plenty is well illustrated by crises in African mineral and oil exporters such as Sudan, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Chad and Equatorial Guinea.

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Delivering on Devolution? Evaluating County Budgets 2013-2014

Delivering on Devolution? Evaluating County Budgets 2013-2014


One of the key features of Kenya’s constitution that was promulgated in August 2010 is the provision for a devolved government. This provision should be seen against the backdrop of inequalities, marginali- zation and poor service delivery that characterised decades of centralized governance in Kenya. While frameworks to implement  devolution have largely been put in place, diverse challenges exist a year into devolution. One year into devolution represents a good point at which to review   performance and deter- mine bottlenecks that can be resolved at this early stage. Similarly, a review of the experiences of the first year of county governments provides a useful basis to evaluate the extent to which they have adhered to the legal and institutional frameworks for managing public finances. This is important because County governments’ ability to deliver the promise of devolution depend on their efficient use of funds while preventing waste and pilferage.

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Taking Stock : Challenges and Prospects of Implementing the Constitution of Kenya, 2010

Taking Stock : Challenges and Prospects of Implementing the Constitution of Keny

The development of a new constitution was meant to redress some of the underlying governance challenges facing the Kenyan state. The risk of not addressing these governance challenges was manifested in the 2007/2008 post-election crisis. Indeed, in what was referred to as the Agenda Item Four (4), the Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation Initiative identified some of these challenges as negative ethnicity, regional imbalances, unemployment and class disparities.

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