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Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis conducted an assessment on Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) in collaboration with the World Bank (Kenya Office) in selected County Governments, namely Makueni, Kajiado, Nakuru, Baringo, Kakamega and West Pokot.

The broad objective of the assessment was to facilitate entry points for reforms in public service management systems of county governments to strengthen fiscal discipline, strategic allocation of resources and efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery.

On the 15th of November, KIPPRA hosted a National Dissemination Workshop for the Launch of the county PEFA reports. The event presented a platform for dialogue and future engagements between the national and county governments as well as private sector and development partners.

On the 15th of November, KIPPRA hosted a National Dissemination Workshop for the Launch of the county PEFA reports. The event presented a platform for dialogue and future engagements between the national and county governments as well as private sector and development partners.

The PEFA assessment framework is based on seven (7) pillars, namely: (i) budget reliability; (ii) comprehensiveness and transparency; (iii) management of assets and liabilities; (iv) policy-based fiscal strategy and budgeting; (v) predictability and control in budget execution; (vi) accounting and reporting; and (vii) external scrutiny and audit. The reports of the assessment which focused on the fiscal years of 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 were completed and ready for sharing with various stakeholders drawn from national and County Government as well the private sector and development partners.

In various remarks, it was noted that the objective of PEFA assessments was to evaluate and provide stakeholders with performance status of public finance management systems. A chance to enhance accountability and appreciate the success of devolution. It also emphasized on fiscal discipline.

Although several participants indicated that the state of most of the findings had since changed, they got to learn that the PEFA assessment focused on a specific period, which in this case is the first three financial years of devolution – 2013/2014, 2014/2015 and 2015/2016. Participants also got to learn that the process was strictly evidence-based, meaning everything reported had to be backed by requisite documentation.  And since PEFA is an internationally-recognized standard, the participants learnt that the counties could use the findings to seek partnerships and donor funding.

It was concluded that the PEFA report will help enhance accountability transparency, strengthen evaluation and monitoring process and it will encourage all counties to use PEFA to improve their PFM assessments. The event concluded with closing comments and appreciation for all who participated from the KIPPRA Executive Director Dr Rose Ngugi.

 

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