SPARK Kenya Publications

Blog Posts

  • August 31, 2020 – How persistence, proactiveness, partnership and social media bridged the access to information gap in Mombasa
    Access to information remains a prerequisite factor for meaningful public participation in budgets and policy decision processes. Citizens need information on how the government raises, allocates and spends money, as well as the quality of services delivered as outcomes. Despite the progress made in legal frameworks for access to information and public participation in the budget-making process in the last decade, the implementation has yet to be fully achieved at the county or national levels. Read more.
  • June 3, 2020 – Tackling COVID-19 requires a more progressive and targeted tax policy: a look at Kenya
    In response to the economic consequences of the coronavirus, the Government of Kenya (like other governments) has pursued important tax changes that deliver useful benefits to small businesses and formal-sector workers with lower incomes, but also provide poorly justified tax cuts for large businesses and individuals with higher incomes. Read more.
  • June 4, 2020 – Lessons learned: engaging the public in budget discussions despite social distancing
    On March 13, 2020 Kenya recorded its first COVID-19 infection. Two days later, the government restricted movement and meetings in a bid to contain the disease. The move was critical to preventing rapid community spread of the virus. However, the decision also threw the work of governance advocates into disarray. Read more.

Budget Publications

  • September 30, 2021 – Making Sense of the Processes and Actors in Kenya’s Government Cash Flow
  • September 30, 2021 – Legislative Amendments and Supplementary Budget Changes in Kenya: A Case Study of Baringo and Busia Counties Main paper | Summary
  • September 30, 2021 – Programme Based Budgets: The Mixed Bag of Performance Measures in KenyaMain paper
  • June 4, 2021 – Fiscal Discipline: Are national and county governments adhering to budget ceilings?
    This study highlights whether national and county governments have been able to adhere to all the budget ceilings set out in Kenya’s fiscal laws and looks for any sanctions that are provided in cases where the budget conditions are not followed. Read more.
  • May 27, 2021 – Changes in Supplementary Budget I for FY 2020/2021: What they say about Kenya’s priorities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic
    The National Treasury prepared the supplementary budget as the country continues to put in place measures to support the recovery of the economy from the COVID-19 pandemic. This brief looks at the critical budgetary changes proposed by the national government in their first supplementary budget for financial year 2020/21. Read more
  • October 2, 2020 – The state of Kenya’s public debt: the thin line between a rock and a hard place
    Increasing levels and the changing composition of debt in Kenya have led to more burdensome debt servicing requirements, which increasingly impacts Kenya’s ability to deliver services and meet its obligations for intergovernmental transfers to counties. Read more.
  • June 11, 2020 – What the Supplementary Budget Says About Kenya’s Covid-19 Response
    This analysis is focused on key sectors and programs in the fight against COVID-19 as the supplementary budget was prepared with the goal of freeing up resources to address the pandemic. Read more.

Joint Work

  • June 2021 – Joint Memorandum on Budget Estimates FY 2021 – 22
    This memo – prepared by a collective of 106 individuals working with 70 organizations, mostly from civil society organizations and the private sector – was submitted in the debate and approval of the 2021/22 estimates of revenue and expenditure for the national government. Read the memo.
  • July 2020 – Synthesized Report of the Second Budget Practitioners’ Reflection and Learning Seminar 2019: A Focus on the Budget Implementation Stage 
    This report summarizes the proceedings of the Oct. 2019 Second Budget Practitioners Seminar (PS), whose focus was on the budget implementation at the county government level. Read more.
  • Joint memorandum on budget estimates for 2020-21
    This submission was prepared by a collective of 114 individuals working with 74 organizations, drawn mostly from civil society organizations and the private sector, for consideration in the debate and approval of the 2020/21 estimates of revenue and expenditure for the national government. Read more.