PEFA Validation Workshops in Six Counties
KIPPRA in collaboration with the World Bank is undertaking validation workshops for the first sub-national Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) assessment done in six counties: Nakuru, Kajiado, Baringo, Makueni, West Pokot and Kakamega.
The workshops have so far seen good attendance and received feedback from county officials, especially those in charge of planning, budgeting, audit and finance departments. The forums have also provided a chance for the participants to interrogate the reports and seek clarification on a number of issues, including the allocation and distribution of marks.
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 to be done 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.
KIPPRA facilitators also raised concern on the absence of adequate data for analysis and urged counties to invest in statisticians to gather and organize a wide base of data. Both KIPPRA and the World Bank pledged support to the counties, especially through capacity building, to address the challenges identified during the PEFA study.
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 assessment was carried out for three fiscal years: 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 financial years. The workshops, which began on 16th October 2018, will end on 23rd October 2018 with two counties: Nakuru and Baringo.