SOU 89 - Devolution Experience in Kenya; Embracing devolved system to enhance service delivery in the urban areas
PRESENTATION OF THE SESSION
In 2010, Kenya promulgated a new Constitution which introduced a new system of governance- Devolution. Subsequently, the first County Governments were established in 2013. With Counties now implementing functions such as agriculture, health, early childhood education, roads and trade regulation, access to services has successfully improved and many Kenyans are overwhelmingly in support of devolution. Despite the strides on planning, budgeting and public participation, there have been challenges too. Nevertheless, the desire of both levels of governments is that the objects of the devolved system of governance as enshrined in the Constitution are achieved.
This will be panel discussion capturing the journey of devolution from the perspective of the National Government and the journey implementing the changes within the Counties. The session will incorporate a general plenum sessions with question and answer sessions addressing emerging policy, legislative and implementation issues. It seeks to understand the key role played by all levels of government as well as challenges and opportunities presented.
This will be a panel discussion session in which the panellist will be drawn from the Excellency Governors heading four different Counties in Kenya.
The session will focus on the challenges that County Governments experienced immediately after devolution and how the new system of governance has enabled them to address Urban Challenges.
Moderator with each panellist handling specific sector matters in this discussion.