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Kenya

Public Participation (KE0021)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Not Attached

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: Senate

Support Institution(s): Other actors involved - government Office of the Deputy President, Office of the President, Council of Governors (CoG) Other actors involved - CSOs, private sector, working groups, Multilaterals etc Mzalendo, INFONET Africa, CRECO, International Budget Partnership (IBP), Institute of Public Finance Kenya (IPFK). Katiba Institute, Well Told Story, TISA, Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations (KARA), Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) Kenya,

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, E-Government, Judiciary, Justice, Legislation & Regulation, Legislature, Participation in Budget Processes, Public Participation, Public Service Delivery

IRM Review

IRM Report: Kenya Mid-Term Report 2016- 2018

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Not Relevant

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review

Description

Commitment 4: Public Participation
We will work together to improve public participation in development
decision making for better and responsive service delivery
Objective:
To operationalize the Constitutional requirement of public participation on all
matters of policy, decision making and service delivery in Kenya.
Status quo:
We currently do not have a public participation legislation at national level that
provide a general framework for effective public participation as per our
constitutional principles of democracy and participation of the people. Public
participation process is often unstructured and undertaken in a manner that is
contrary to the principles of democracy. There is also little capacity building on
the citizens to enable them engage in the process from an informed, structured
and meaningful way. More often, the process is perceived as expensive, tedious
and time consuming. Citizens are often ill informed when participating in public
forums, thereby compromising the quality of their participation.
Ambition
Design a whole-of-government program that supports meaningful, open, public
participation into National and County Governments and empowers oversight
bodies to hold Governments to Account. More specifically, Public participation in
budget sector hearings by the National Government will be more open and
inclusive. Progressively these hearings should be more open to a larger number
of stakeholders and be held at the county level as well. This was also a key ask
in the Budget and Appropriations Committee report on the budget estimates for
2018/19.
Lead implementing Organization
The Senate
Contact Person:
Hon. Fatuma Dullo
Senate Deputy Majority Leader
+254 707 165 221
Timeline
September 2018 to May 2020
OGP values
Access to information, Public accountability, Citizen Engagement, Use of Technology
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New or ongoing commitment
New
Other actors involved - government
Office of the Deputy President, Office of the President, Council of Governors (CoG)
Other actors involved - CSOs, private sector, working groups, Multilaterals etc
Mzalendo, INFONET Africa, CRECO, International Budget Partnership (IBP), Institute of
Public Finance Kenya (IPFK). Katiba Institute, Well Told Story, TISA, Kenya Alliance of
Resident Associations (KARA), Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) Kenya,
Verifiable and measurable milestones to
fulfil the commitment
New or
ongoing
Start date End date
15. Fastrack the enactment of the Public
Participation Law in Senate
Ongoing September
2018
November
2019
16. Making senate committee proceedings
open by deploying live stream capabilities.
New April
2019
July
2020
17. Develop technology tools and platforms
(Web, SMS) to enhance citizens
participation and feedback (311 type
applications and Petitions)
New May
2019
July
2020
18. Develop an Open Government
Commitment indicators and online Tracker
New March
2019
July
2020
19. Open up Court User Committee (CUC)
complaints and resolution, including the
judiciary ombudsman complaints portal.
New May
2019
July
2020
20. Digitize and make publicly accessible,
Government Performance Contracts for
public scrutiny, monitoring and citizen
feedback
New June
2019
July
2020
21. Roll out a public participation and
engagement campaign in atleast 3
Counties, to sensitize citizens on the
Constitutional provisions, the Public
Participation legislations, tools and
platforms that facilitate engagement with
policy and decision makers.
New June
2019
July
2020


Kenya's Commitments

  1. Beneficial Ownership

    KE0018, 2018, Beneficial Ownership

  2. Open Contracting

    KE0019, 2018, Capacity Building

  3. Open Geo-Spatial Data for Development

    KE0020, 2018, E-Government

  4. Public Participation

    KE0021, 2018, Capacity Building

  5. Governance Indices

    KE0022, 2018, Capacity Building

  6. Open Government Resiliency

    KE0023, 2018, Capacity Building

  7. More Transparent and Participatory Development of Climate Polices at the National and Subnational Level

    KE0010, 2016, E-Government

  8. Enhancing Preventive and Punitive Mechanisms in the Fight Against Corruption and Unethical Practices

    KE0011, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  9. Enhance Transparency in the Legislative Process

    KE0012, 2016, E-Government

  10. Publish Oil and Gas Contracts

    KE0013, 2016, Extractive Industries

  11. Starred commitment Ensure Greater Transparency Around Bids and Contracts

    KE0014, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  12. Create Transparent Public Procurement Process, Public Oversight of Expenditure and Ensure Value-For-Money Towards Citizen Priorities

    KE0015, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  13. Improving Access to Government Budget Information and Creating Wider and More Inclusive Structures for Public Participation

    KE0016, 2016, E-Government

  14. Starred commitment Enhance Right to Information

    KE0017, 2016, Capacity Building

  15. Starred commitment Improving Transparency in Electoral Processes: 1.A. Definition of Electoral Boundaries and Name.

    KE0001, 2012, Media & Telecommunications

  16. Improving Transparency in Electoral Processes: 2.B. Voting Information Online

    KE0002, 2012, E-Government

  17. Promoting Public Participation: 1.B. End-To-End Service Delivery Portal

    KE0003, 2012, E-Government

  18. Promoting Public Participation: 1.D. Public Complaints Portal

    KE0004, 2012, E-Government

  19. Promoting Public Participation: 2.C. Kenya Action Plan Online

    KE0005, 2012, OGP

  20. Promoting Public Participation: 1.C. Open Data Portal

    KE0006, 2012, Education

  21. Starred commitment Improving Transparency in the Judiciary: 2.A. Public Vetting of Judges and Case Allocation System

    KE0007, 2012, E-Government

  22. Open Budgets: 3.a. Improve Kenya's OBI Index

    KE0008, 2012, Fiscal Transparency

  23. Open Budgets: 3.B. Increase Public Participation in Budgetary Processes

    KE0009, 2012, Fiscal Transparency