RESEARCH ON PUBLIC FINANCE BUILDING BLOCKS AND THE IMPACT OF DEVOLUTION IN KENYA.
Uraia Trust has collaborated with the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) to undertake a study whose purpose is to assess the level of compliance of County Governments to public finance management policies and procedures and the progress made by Counties in improving quality and timely service delivery to Kenyans. The study targets 24 counties which are a representation of the 47 counties in Kenya. These are Nairobi, Kisumu, Meru, Kakamega, Kwale Elgeyo- Marakwet, Kitui, Garissa, Kiambu, Isiolo, Trans- Nzoia, West Pokot, Mombasa, Murang’a Nakuru, Kilifi, Bungoma, Turkana, Narok, Bomet, Wajir, Makueni, Kisii and Taita Taveta.
The objectives of the study are:
- To review policy and structural functioning of county governments in public finance management by assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the established Public Finance Management (PFM) structures at the County level.
- To assess the progress made in the implementation of core county government functions which are: Agriculture, Health, County Infrastructure, Trade Development and Education.
- To evaluate County Governments’ own-source revenue with a goal of making recommendations for self-sustaining County Governments.
- To document the challenges and lessons learned in the implementation of the devolution process in the last six years.
- To make recommendations to improve policy, legislation and structural aspects of County governments for effective service delivery.
A STUDY ON THE PARTICIPATION OF ETHNIC MINORITIES AND MARGINALISED COMMUNITIES IN POLITICAL AND GOVERNANCE PROCESSES INN KENYA
Uraia partnered with Katiba Institute to undertake a study on the participation of ethnic minorities and marginalized communities in political and governance processes in Kenyan. The study seeks to address the problem of exclusion of various ethnic minorities and marginalized communities from political and other governance processes; to identify ethnic and marginalized communities in Kenya and their claims for exclusion, and to document available platforms for their participation.
The objectives of the study are:
- To promote the understanding of the ethnic minorities and the marginalized communities in Kenya.
- To identify minorities and marginalized communities in Kenya and document their claims of exclusion.
- To identify and document available platforms for their participation
- To enhance awareness by the relevant non-state actors and representatives of community groups on the ethnic minorities and marginalized communities in Kenya to inform their programming and advocacy frameworks.
PARTNERSHIP WITH THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR OF POLITICAL PARTIES (ORPP)
Uraia has partnered with the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) to support the work of a task force on the review of party nomination framework and development of political parties’ nomination policy and law. The taskforce is a government multi-agency comprising of all political parties, governance and electoral stakeholders in Kenya. The objective of the task force is to assess the political party nomination process in Kenya and identify critical areas for review and to make recommendations for adoption as legislation or through amendment of the already existing legal frameworks for nominations in Kenya.
The partnership has also been to support the review and finalization of the Political Parties Act (Political Parties Liaison Committee (PPLC) Regulations to guide its operations.