By Nov 23, 2015
County Budget and Economic Forums (CBEFs) are a key institution for engaging the public in budgeting and economic development at the county level in Kenya. This Paper looks at how CBEFs in four counties – Kericho, Kwale, Kisumu and Taita Taveta – are working. It assesses whether they are fulfilling their public participation mandate and provides a set recommendations for improving their operations that is relevant for all Kenyan counties.
Nov 19, 2015
The 2010 constitution changed the way that public money moves from the national to the ward level and below in Kenya. In this review, the authors explain in simple language the main ways in which public money moves through the system.
By Nov 19, 2015
This is a guide for community activists and organized civil society interested in conducting social audits in South Africa. It aims to help these groups think about, conduct, and reflect on social audits. The guide may also be of use to other stakeholders (such as government) that want to better understand a process they may be requested to participate in.
By Oct 28, 2015
The 2010 Constitution of Kenya and the Public Finance Management Act, 2012 (PFM Act) significantly altered the roles that Parliament and the National Treasury should be playing in Kenya’s budget process. Parliament (particularly the National Assembly) is now expected to play a larger role in budget decisions. While the National Treasury retains a major role in agenda-setting, it must now position itself to be able to sell its budget proposals. This brief examines how the National Assembly and Treasury interacted during the formulation and approval of Kenya’s 2015/16 budget to determine how they are adapting to these new rules.
By Sep 24, 2015
The question of how to manage the costs of government is a hot topic in Kenya, and there have been numerous debates on the affordability of the state structure created by the 2010 constitution. However, it is not entirely clear what the basic costs of running the government are. Among the many new offices and new costs, perhaps none is more important to understand than the costs of running a county government. This brief estimates the total cost of running Kenyan counties in FY 2015/16. It details how we estimate the costs for core personnel and administration/operations, points out areas where we lack complete or reliable data, and discusses the implications of these findings for calculating the “basic equal share” of the budget given to each county in Kenya.
Sep 21, 2015
This infographic highlights a number of the key global findings and recommendations from the Open Budget Survey 2015.
By Sep 10, 2015
This video is a recording of the release of the Open Budget Survey 2015, the only independent, comparative, and regular measure of budget transparency and accountability around the world. Participants discussed the survey findings and explored ways countries can improve their public finance systems and practices to better ensure more effective and responsive use of public resources to meet public needs.
Sep 08, 2015
What are the major findings of the Open Budget Survey 2015? The report presents the global state of budget transparency, participation, and oversight and explores what the findings mean for global and national policies. It also offers recommendations for countries at different stages of budget accountability to make progress and outlines what different stakeholder can do […]