EAPC's Programs Manager, makes a Point during the Presentation at Blue Post Hotel In Thika.
By Polycap Nyaribo,
Eastern Africa Policy Centre.
14th October, Blue Post Hotel-Thika. The Eastern Africa Policy Centre in conjunction with its project partners, the Kenya Association of |Manufacturers (KAM) and African Students For Liberty (ASFL) held a capacity building forum for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and aspirants of various political seats in Kiambu county.
Dr. Jason Lakin, Country Manager, International Budget Partnership (IBP-Kenya) joined the in the forum.
The seminar targeted “improving the participation of the CSOs and the general public in county governance,” especially on matters relating to public finance, as well as preparing candidates for their role in the devolved governance system of things. This it is hoped will promote accountability within the counties to spur economic, social, and political development.
Dr. Lakin made a presentation on the county budget cycle with emphasis on the four main stages: formulation, approval, implementation, and audit/oversight. He touched on the roles played by various stakeholders and institutions in public finance management within the counties. Also canvassed were the various budget-related documents produced by the county governments, which include the County Fiscal Strategy Paper (CFSP), County Budget Review and Outlook Paper (CBROP), County Budget Estimates, and the Finance Bill.
Mr. Alex Njeru, the Programs Manager-EAPC, made a presentation on the need for society to embrace a culture that perpetuates the shared interests of all members of the society without consideration of their political alignment, ideology, and goals. He emphasized on the need for a progressive society based on policies that promote unity with disregard to ethnicity and social class. After that, an interactive session was conducted in which the participants discussed on issues that we need to start doing, continue doing, and stop doing for a progressive society. There was a general resolve by the participants to enhance public participation in county governance.
The political candidates present in the seminar were given an opportunity to sell their political ideologies and aspirations. Worth noting is that all envisioned solving societal ills to promote local development. There was a renewed stamina by them to drive progressive politics that were oriented on solving societal problems rather than the traditional confrontational politics.
It marks a new dawn for participation in county governance by all stakeholders to promote socioeconomic and political development.
* These Capacity Building forums are happening under the auspice of the “Fostering issue-based political dialogue between civil society coalitions and political candidates project.” The project is funded by the Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy (DIPD). The project is implemented through partnership with (Liberal Alliance) as the Danish project partner and Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), African Student for Liberty – (A-SFL) and Eastern Africa Policy Centre as the Kenya Partners.
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