County Budget and Economic Forums (CBEFs) and Public Participation in Kenya

Kenya has enacted an ambitious set of reforms to provide the public with opportunities to participate in how the country is governed, including how public finances are managed to deliver services and foster development. Central to these reforms is a new budget process which can usefully be conceived as a conversation between multiple stakeholders – including the wider public – designed to ensure public resources are used effectively.

At the county level, a crucial tool for facilitating this conversation is the establishment of County Budget and Economic Forums (CBEFs). These are meant to have been operationalized in each and every county to serve as the primary institution for ensuring public participation in public finances. They are integral to the Kenyan government’s strategy to improve accountability and public participation at the county level.

Drawing on primary research into five counties in Kenya, this paper looks at how CBEFs are working and how they can be improved.



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Abraham Rugo Muriu

Country Manager, IBP Kenya, International Budget Parnership

Abraham Rugo, Ph.D., is the International Budget Partnership’s Country Manager for Kenya and is based in Nairobi. Prior to joining IBP in July 2017 he worked at Institute of Economic Affairs (2007-2013) and as a public sector consultant (2014-2016). He has a wealth of experience working in decentralization, participatory governance, and public finance management in Kenya.

He holds Masters and Doctoral Degrees in Public Management from the University of Potsdam, Germany. He has a passion for home grown solutions to society problems and works to localize and personalize policy matters that are otherwise complicated.

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