Country Kenya
Region World wide
Duration Start 5 January, 2022 till 30 September, 2022
Field of expertise Building More Effective Public Administration
Policy field(s) Institutional development
Smart City / Urban planning
Funding FCDO Foreign, Commonwealth &Development OfficeDFID
Project code 11451
The Kenya Devolution Programme (KDP) aims to bring forward solutions to challenges facing devolution with the overall objective to improve development results at county level, by a) a more effective, open and accountable county governments, and b) improved service delivery and poverty reduction. To achieve these outcomes, activities will be undertaken to contribute to five output areas:
i) Inter-Governmental Relations that support devolution;
ii) Effective county planning, public finance management and staffing;
iii) County governments and citizens' engagement to improve service delivery and livelihoods,
iv) Evidence generation, learning and digital approaches improve county government delivery and reform
v) UK development portfolio is better aligned with county governments priorities.

In this Kenya led consortium under the leadership of ACT! VNG International's contribution to the program will be one of a strategic thematic implementing partner, accompanying county governments in the field of spatial planning and own source revenue collection (output 2). With devolution taking effect in 2010, the practice of subnational governance is still young. Counties face a range of challenges that hamper effective spatial planning and own source revenue collection, and a strong integrated approach to this is rarely seen. Instead, spatial planning is done mostly ad-hoc, when and where there is funding and it is often not considered a worth-while investment by the county's political leadership.

With an integrated approach spatial planning can reinforce revenue collection and vice-versa with the effect to accelerate development. It is the aspiration of this program to provide hands-on and practical support to county staff to experience this accelerating effect. It is the ambition to support county staff build the “business case” of spatial planning and OSR vis-à-vis their political leadership, by means of a learning by doing accompaniment, provided by a blended team of international and national expertise.