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Inclusive Governance: Training Inspires Mechanism for Enhancing Citizen Participation

Felix Olwero.

As the first legislative assembly clerk in Siaya County, Felix Olwero is the in-house administrative and chief accounting officer who oversees the assembly’s day-to-day operations. Before 2014, Kenya had only one national legislative assembly; adoption of a devolved system of governance introduced 47 county governments each with its own legislative body.

A pioneer clerk and long-time public servant, Felix fully understands the challenges involved in managing the assembly’s affairs. One of the key issues that Felix considered a challenge in Siaya’s county assembly operations was the low level of citizen engagement in the assembly’s activities. Although the Kenyan Constitution requires county assemblies to facilitate public participation in all their affairs, these new institutions have little experience and lack formal procedures to effectively manage processes for incorporating public input.


Other Features

Fred Matiangi

1985 was a milestone year for the education sector in Kenya. A new education curriculum, the 8-4-4 System, which proposed eight years in primary school, four in secondary school and four in university was adopted. Kenya was on a new path to progress. Three decades later, 8-4-4 had outlived its usefulness. The system is now considered deficient and largely unresponsive to rapidly changing environments and emerging 21st century needs.


Better Managers, Better Schools! Training Strengthens Governance of Primary Schoolsight

MoE Tutor

Esther Chelagat, 42; Musa Bonde, 58; and Julius Talam, 39; all have one thing in common: they are elected members of boards of management (BoMs) of primary schools in Kenya’s Baringo County. Chelagat is the board vice-chairperson and a parent at Lombogishu Primary School, Bonde is the head teacher at Kelelwa Primary School, and Talam is the board chairperson at Kipsogon Primary School.


Governance Information Bulletin

The GIB is a newsletter that draws attention to technical matters involved in strengthening political institutions and to broader issues of aid strategies, democracy assistance, public sector performance, and to countries and regions where SUNY/CID is working. Our most recent edition can be found here and the archive here.

Featured Publication

David E. Guinn: "Success in parliamentary strengthening: What does it mean?"

Robert Nakamura, et al.: "Stregthening Deliberative Bodies: Legislative Engagement Reference Paper" (pdf)

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