KIPPRA held a stakeholder’s workshop on the Impact of National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF) study. The study seeks to examine the impact of NG-CDF on education, security and social welfare. The study’s specific objectives include: Assessing the impact of NG-CDF on access to secondary education, assessing the impact of NG-CDF projects on improved security and improved social-welfare.
Speaking at the workshop, KIPPRA Executive Director, Dr Rose Ngugi noted that the stakeholders’ input is critical in helping the research articulate the key policy issues more comprehensively and align the policy recommendations with the interest and expectations of the people of Kenya. The workshop brought together representatives from NG-CDF, security sector, state department for social protection, health, and education sectors.
The research focuses on establishing whether the intended outcomes of NG-CDF fund projects are realized and will identify projects that can be scaled up towards optimizing welfare benefits to the constituents. Moreover, the study’s findings will provide policy-relevant information on the possibilities of re-designing the NG-CDF projects toward addressing the developmental gaps in Education, Security, and Social Welfare. It will further identify emerging areas of policy attention toward implementing NG-CDF. The findings will additionally provide evidence-based advice on the National Government’s effort to support community-driven projects to constituencies in the context of a devolved system of governance.
NG-CDF comprises of annual budgetary allocation equivalent to a minimum of 2.5% of the National government’s share of total revenue, with seventy-five percent (75%) allocated equally amongst all 290 constituencies while twenty-five percent (25%) allocated as per Constituency poverty levels. To date, the government has disbursed a total amount of Kes 454.71 billion since the inception of the NG-CDF in 2003.
The stakeholders gave valuable inputs and feedback that will enrich the outcome of the study.