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Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis recently participated in a forum to validate public participation guidelines developed by the World Bank, The Department of Devolution and National Planning, and other stakeholders. The workshop was held at the Kenya School of Government, Nairobi.
Other participants were representatives from the Transition Authority, The Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution, the Judiciary, The World Bank, Kenya School of Government, Members of the County Assemblies, (MCAs), County Executive Committee members (CECs) Kenya Alliance for Residents Associations, The Institute for Social Accountability and International Budget Partnership Kenya.
The workshop enabled stakeholders critique the public participation proposals before the final draft is formulated. It was the maiden validation workshop and others will be rolled out to the counties.
It emerged from the meeting that implementing devolution was generally a trial and error process, as experts, politicians and county officers seek to find alternatives that offer the best returns. Another notable observation was that many CEC members and MCAs were not aware of what public participation entailed. Given that they are the key drivers in the devolution process, there is need for their capacities to be developed before the process can be effectively implemented.
The workshop resolved that the Department of Devolution would widen the scope of its partners since devolution was not only new but required concerted and creative approaches.