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Delivering on Devolution? Evaluating County Budgets 2013-2014

Delivering on Devolution? Evaluating County Budgets 2013-2014

Foreword

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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