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Kenya Parliamentary Strengthening Project

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Project Description

The State University of New York, Center for International Development (SUNY/CID) is currently implementing a Parliamentary Strengthening Program (PSP) jointly funded by USAID and DFID to further enhance the Kenya National Assembly’s (KNA’s) key legislative, budget, oversight and representation functions and to consolidate the body’s growing links to academic and civil society expertise and resources. SUNY/CID’s vision rests squarely on an understanding of its facilitative role in supporting a farsighted strategic institutional development agenda by developing a strong partnership based on a collaborative, demand-driven approach to activity design and implementation.

KNA’s key achievements in which SUNY/CID has played an important role include:

  • Drafting and implementing progressive and transparent parliamentary Standing Orders;
  • Creating strong institutionalized budget and oversight functions by establishing a Budget Office, passing the Fiscal Management Act, and conducting regular pre- and post-budget workshops;
  • Developing a strong, specialized and fully staffed committee system;
  • Establishing professional staff departments, doubling the number of professional staff and improving staff knowledge and skills through training and mentoring
  • Linking civil society groups, think tanks and experts to Parliamentary Committees to facilitate effective analysis and passage of key reforms, including those required under Agenda 4 of the National Accord and Reconciliation Act of 2008 and under the New Constitution of Kenya 2010.
  • Instituting live broadcast of legislative proceedings, developing an ICT department and learning lab and establishing a media center for news conferences and media support.

In 2010 PSP was extended to facilitate a more effective bicameral National Assembly prepared to implement the 2010 Constitution and in 2012, SUNY/CID received additional funding to support Kenya’s transition to a devolved system of government by providing technical assistance to the Transition Authority.