2022 was a unique year in Kenya’s public finance calendar as a result of the General Elections and new governments assuming office both at the national and county level. This presented unique challenges and opportunities for IBP Kenya and its partners.
Towards the end of 2021, the government revised the budget calendar to accommodate the electioneering period. This presented challenges on public participation and also access to budget information. However, we continued to make efforts to engage with all decision points along the budget cycle.
In addition, the election had a heavy tone on issues related to public finance and that was an opportunity to engage with political formations on their agenda. 2022 also saw the continued growth of the four regional hubs namely, Lake Region Budget Hub, Rift valley Budget Hub, Nairobi, Eastern & Central Budget Hub and Coast Region budget hub as platforms for cross regional learning. Within the year, the regional hubs included budget facilitators and community budget champions from 28 counties representing 56 budget facilitators and over 870 budget champions.
Lastly, 2022 also saw the growth of talents at IBP Kenya with great additions to the team bringing on board a communications assistant and the revamp of our internship programme. We also welcomed two new board members who have added value to our governance and strategic direction.