SUNY PSP Supports Council of Governors Devolution Conference in Kenya
With assistance from SUNY/CID’s Kenya Parliamentary Strengthening Program, the Council of Governors held the first annual devolution conference under the theme, “One Year into Devolution: Celebrating Milestones, Confronting the Challenges.” The Conference Planning Committee included senior officials from the Office of the President, the Ministry of Devolution and Planning, Council of Governors, government agencies and independent Constitutional Commissions. Key partners for the conference were SUNY/CID with funding from USAID and DFID, the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, and leading Kenya media houses.
The purpose of the conference was to provide a forum through which all of devolution’s stakeholders could look back and appraise the achievements made during the transitional phase of devolution, discuss challenges to the implementation process, and consider new opportunities. The aim of the conference was to facilitate dialogues that would create constructive collaboration and restore the sincere commitment of all Kenyans in working towards devolution’s promise which is considered the key cornerstone of the constitutional framework.
The conference, which took place from April 3-4, consisted of an opening ceremony presided over by Mr. Charles Nyachae, the Chairman of the Constitution Implementation Commission; Governor Isaac Ruto; the Chairperson of the Council of Governors; Nardos Bekele, Country Representative of the UNDP; Mr. Kinuthia Wamwangi, the chairman of the Transitional Authority; and representatives from various diplomatic missions. In attendance were Senators Gideon Moi and Agnes Zani as well as Members of County Assemblies from all of Kenya’s newly created 47 Counties.
The program of the two day conference was delivered through panel discussions in town-hall formats to facilitate interactive and honest dialogue on the main clusters of devolved functions including resourcing devolution; County planning, budgeting, and development; public financial management under the devolved framework; trade, commerce, and investment; social service delivery (health, education and ICT); and inter-governmental relations.
The conference culminated in the Council of Governors issuing a joint communiqué that formed the resolutions of the conference. Key among the resolutions was the re-affirmation of the Governors’ resolve to support the implementation of devolution and to remain accountable to the electorate. The full text from the communiqué is available here.
Posted April 28, 2014