The Kenyan legal framework obligates the national and county governments to involve the people in the decision making process. To achieve this ideal, county governments are required to establish structures to facilitate citizen participation in their operations. This policy brief sheds light on some of the issues that counties should focus on so as to institutionalize and strengthen systems for public participation in county decision making processes.
Evidence for the issues identified in this brief emanate from the County Capaci-ty Assessment (CCA), an initiative of the Agile and Harmonized Assistance for De-volved Institution (AHADI) Program. This is a governance program jointly funded by the United States Agency for Interna-tional Development (USAID) and the De-partment for International Development (DFID). The assessments were conducted in 2016 (CCA1), 2017 (CCA2), 2018 (CCA3) and 2019 (CCA4). The public participation component had three indi-cators: structures established to facilitate citizen participation in county operations; inclusive public participation plan opera-tionalized; and mechanisms established to facilitate access to information. The goal is to find out whether the existing policies, laws and administrative systems are sup-portive of public participation.
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