OGI Kenya

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Budget Simplification

Budget Simplification

Budget Simplification Resources and materials

DATE

24th/08/2017

Background

In the height of complexities and technicalities of budget and related documents in the field of public finance, simplification has been fronted as a viable solution by participatory governance practitioners and experts, however, the term simple is too general and varies depending on the user of the information being simplified. 

Summary

Informed participation of citizens has the ability to facilitate governments and taxpayers to get the best value out of scarce public resources. In this paper, we argue that when citizens have knowledge of their county’s resource envelope and how it has been distributed in in prior, current and projections for future years across various sectors and service areas, they are more likely to provide concrete and quality input towards aligning priorities to community needs in current and in the future years. We also argue that when citizens have detailed information about programs to be implemented or services to be delivered by their government, including their performance indicators and targets, they anticipate services and development thus, are likely to play civilian oversight by providing factual and timely feedback to the government regarding efficiency, accessibility and the quality of services delivered to them and finally, when information is publicly available, there is a minimal room for speculation hence improving the coherence in government – citizen relations and proactive engagement.

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OGP Action Plan Co-Creation

OGP Action Plan Co-Creation

OGP Action Plan Co-Creation, Elgeyo Marakwet and Nandi Counties

Background

With support from the OGP MDTF, we endeavored strengthen inclusive and participative co-creation process for the county’s  second OGP Action Plan 2018.

Overview

We engaged 200 participants throughout the co-creation process and 75% of all government departments in a series of listening tours.

As a result, we delivered the respective OGP Action Plans with total seven  commitments targeted at reforming procurement systems, expanding participatory governance for greater inclusivity, re-engineer healthcare service delivery, strengthen efficiency of public spending through Citizen-Generated Data and empower young people through linkages. 

Three more counties join the OGP Community

Four County governments In Kenya are now participating in the OGP Local Program – an increase of three from 2016.  The three counties i.e Elgeyo Marakwet (pioneering member 2016), Makueni, and Nandi (2020 respectively) are at the forefront of creating an enabling environment for democracy and governance reforms. Nairobi County is yet to submit its action plan as required by the OGP. 

A PB pilot with farmers in Elgeyo Marakwet County

A PB pilot with farmers

A PB pilot with farmers in Elgeyo Marakwet County

DATE

24th/08/2020

Background

Participatory Budgeting (PB) is the most widespread global participatory model for inclusive governance used in over 7,000 cities. PB has been proven to makes governments more responsive, connect officials with the communities they serve and build pathways for lifelong civic participation. PB process accord citizens real power directly decide how to spend part of a public budget thus, systematically shift political decision-making, built and institutionalized greater political power for citizens. The experiment however, was designed to test its application to generate alternative budgetary proposals rather than spending funds that is already secured.

Summary

Through this experiment, we collaborated with the Marakwet Highland Farmers Association to train 20 budget facilitators drawn from five wards in the highland of Marakwet West and Marakwet East sub-counties i.e., Kapyego, Lelan, Sengwer and Charang’any/Chebororwa. 

The association and its budget facilitators submitted a memorandum to the government during public participation and asked for an allocation of KES 10 million to address key challenges across the agricultural value chain.

The memorandum was designed through a participatory process. The budget facilitators convened 54 community meetings and collected ideas from 1,120 community members across four wards. 

The discussions were designed to facilitate practicing farmers to reflect on the lived experience, identify challenges impeding agricultural productivity and collectively identify probable solutions. In each of the meetings, about 200 delegates were nominated to attend ward level meetings to deliberate and filter the ideas in efforts to develop proposals for the submission. 

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