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SUNY/CID Awarded Additional DFID Funding to Support Kenyan Devolution Process

Kenya Senate Devolved Government Committee led by the Chairman of the Committee Senator Kipchumba Murkomen at the University at Albany Upper Campus

Kenya Senate Devolved Government Committee led by the Chairman of the Committee Senator Kipchumba Murkomen at the University at Albany Upper Campus

On October 22, the SUNY Center for International Development was awarded $1.9 million in funding to implement Effective Devolved County Governance technical assistance and training activities in Kenya. These activities are designed to assist Kenyan institutions in their transition to the new devolved system. The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) added these funds to SUNY/CID’s ongoing Parliamentary Strengthening Program, jointly funded by DFID and USAID, that has been working with both national and county level governments to implement the 2010 constitution, which created 47 new county governments as well as a national-level Senate.

Senator Kipchumba Murkomen presenting University at Albany President Robert J. Jones with a token of appreciation

Senator Kipchumba Murkomen presenting University at Albany President Robert J. Jones with a token of appreciation

The expanded program will include training of county government officials, developing coordination mechanisms to encourage cross-county collaboration, creating systems to monitor the effectiveness of service delivery in the counties, strengthening policy making processes at the county level, and developing tools to manage county assets.

To effectively implement this assistance and ensure local ownership, SUNY/CID is working in close collaboration with partners in Kenya including the Senate, the Transition Authority (TA), the Centre for Parliamentary Studies and Training (CPST), the Kenya School of Government (KSG), the Institute for Social Accountability (TISA), and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). In addition, SUNY/CID has partnered with the University at Albany’s Center for Technology in Government (CTG) to work with the TA in developing tools for effective asset management. This partnership builds upon previous CID/CTG collaboration stemming from multiple visits of Kenya government delegations to Albany, including a visit from the Chairman of the TA in June of this year.

See more of SUNY/CID's work in Kenya

Posted December 09, 2013