Devolution in Kenya: The Establishment of County Budget and Economic Forums

By Christine Kamau, 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.

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Budget Brief No. 33 – Parliament and National Treasury: How are They Playing Their Roles in Kenya’s New Budget Process?

By Jason Lakin, John Kinuthia , 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.

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Budget Brief No. 32 – Kenya: How Much Does it Cost to Run a County?

By John Kinuthia, Jason Lakin, 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.

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The Open Budget Survey 2015 Global Launch Event

By International Budget Partnership, 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.

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OBS 2015 Report – English

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 […]

The Open Budget Survey 2015