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UNDP's Support to Devolution
Commissioning Unit: Kenya
Evaluation Plan: 2014-2018
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 12/2016
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Kenya
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
1. Recommendation:

Capacity Building

The county officers should identify the relevant persons to undertake training. County executive and assembly members need to be trained on the roles and responsibilities of various parties in order to reduce conflicts especially during planning and budgeting. They also need additional training on policy formulation and drafting of bills to enable them come up with legislative documents that are comprehensive and relevant.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/31]

Noted and agreed: UNDP has built the capacity of the Kenya School of Government in order to provide continuous, harmonized capacity development of County governments in line with the National Capacity Building Framework (NCBF). UNDP recognizes the need for capacity development to be targeted and marched with the functions being performed by individuals at different levels at the county. Such action will ensure skills are available and inform delivery of services at whichever level, County and sub-county. UNDP recognizes that while the past capacity development efforts were largely focusing on the county executive, additional capacity development is required for the legislative at the county. In this way legislation development and implementation at the county level advances public service delivery based on systematic capacity development. UNDP will continue therefore to work very closely with the executive and legislative arms in staff identification and knowledge build up at the county level.

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2. Recommendation:

Resource Management 

There is need to improve resource management in the counties through strengthening revenue collection mechanisms at the county level. This could be done through development of automated systems that collect revenue and submit directly to county accounts. This will increase significantly the amounts collected at county level and encourage counties to be financially independent.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/31]

Noted and agreed – Fiscal management is governed by the Public Financial Management Act. County government revenue collection has been on a steady increase in general since county government establishment. Nonetheless a number of counties have registered in the last fiscal year a decline in revenue collected owing to a variety of factors. UNDP will strive to work with government in implementation of the PFM Act and link revenue collection with budgeting and implementation of county development plans in an effective and efficient manner that also advances the principles of prudence in resource utilization while delivering development interventions. Best practices emerging from counties in this respect will also be shared through the Council of Governors. For instance, Turkana County will be a pilot as its PMs system supported by the project has a revenue collection module to be developed in rolled-out in 2017.

Revenue collection and fiduciary responsibility of counties will be prioritized as more programme resources are mobilized

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3. Recommendation:

Management and Monitoring

The programme at the county level lacks M&E support where M&E people are trained about the project and indicators being reported on. It is therefore important for the M&E personnel to be assisted to develop data collection tools to help them in reporting to UNDP on achievements

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/31]

Noted and agreed – UNDP acknowledges the importance of tracking results realization against resource use in implementation of activities. While there has been capacity development action for county staff working on M&E around the UNDP implemented interventions and beyond it is recognized that this remains work in progress. In the upcoming period, UNDp will further deepen action in this regard by conducting an M&E capacity assessment of all IPs, induct them on indicators already developed and those that are being tracked for the project and assist in developing data collection tools that would enhance their reports and make them more results focused. This will be aligned with the national/county policy on M&E.

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4. Recommendation:

 Strengthen Collaboration among IPs

The programme IPs should collaborate in order to ensure effective and efficient implementation of devolved government system. Officers should aim at one common goal which is efficient service delivery to its citizens.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/31]

Agreed and noted – UNDP believes that partnership for development traverses all levels of government as well as across stakeholders working in the devolution sector. Thus far, UNDP has convened implementing partners under the project in quarterly reflection sessions at the technical level as well as quarterly in policy level steering committees. These have served to rally behind the common agenda of devolution. UNDP feels that this remains an important role for continued intervention. Further, UNDP will seek to strengthen the work of intergovernmental bodies that are mandated with dispute resolution, solution seeking and practice documentation to inform future progress under devolution.

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5. Recommendation:

Enhanced Public Participation

County governments should adhere to the constitution and laws that clearly draws the rights of each citizen to be informed.  

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/31]

Agreed and noted – Public participation is a constitutional value. UNDP has been supporting county government to operationalize the value through policy design and implementation. Further, at the national level UNDP continues to inform the process of setting out the norms for realization of effective public participation in matters related to devolution and to governance in general. UNDP has established programmatic linkages between this project and other interventions that aim to advance inclusive and participative development with an aim of deepening appreciation and application of public participation in governance at the county level. These actions will continue to be mainstreamed.

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