Video March 7, 2018

Towards a More Inclusive Development in Kenya

In Kenya, county governments are required by law to involve their citizens in planning, budgeting and monitoring of service delivery. However, counties were often faced with the challenge of making public participation meaningful and structured. Consultations were often held far from people’s homes, and officials would end up with long wish lists that were practically impossible to implement. With the introduction of participatory budgeting, county governments allocate a portion of their development budget for projects that will be identified and eventually selected by the community itself. Counties that are implementing participatory budgeting are now able to go where the people are and to effectively bring out the voices of all citizens including women, youths and marginalized groups.