“Access to Information is the foundation to meaningful public engagement in local governance” — Kenyan Constitution, Article 35
billion Kenya shillings were allocated to the Local Authority Transfer Funds (LATF) in 2013/2014
of Kenya's 47 counties have enacted legislation on public access to information
May 2016 End date
Following the March 2013 general elections, Kenya adopted a devolution mechanism where significant portion of public finances and responsibility for service delivery in health, agriculture, urban service and local infrastructure have been decentralized to the 47 new county governments. This ambitious devolution shifts some key decision-making from central to county governments, creating a window of opportunity for more ‘bottom-up’ engagement, backed by a Constitution and legal framework that include provisions for government to share information, consult the public and regularly gather citizen feedback.
As Kenya's experience of devolution deepens, the focus is on the role of public participation in promoting accountability and enhancing local service delivery. Whilst there is a strong impetus towards conducting public engagement, there is a gap in the implementation of policy and service delivery, at national and county level, in a number of sectors.
This project, via a series of targeted innovation challenges used before (ideation, hackatons, etc), aims to provide impact and find long-term solutions to the lack of connectivity between national and county government and civil society. The main objectives are to explore innovative ways of communicating, sharing and sourcing data relevant to challenges; and to promote better relationships between policy and data communities at the national and local level.
The project also plans to measure government performance at all levels through relationship management, policy intervention and partner-led conversations with national government representatives.
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