Counties not making key documents available online – study

September 25, 2017 (4 weeks ago)
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This is according to a finding by the International Budget Partnership Kenya (IBPK) which says that as a result, Kenyans are unable to participate effectively in the budget process as intended by the law/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 25 – Counties are still not making key documents available to the public online in a timely fashion.

This is according to a finding by the International Budget Partnership Kenya (IBPK) which says that as a result, Kenyans are unable to participate effectively in the budget process as intended by the law.

In the six studies carried out by the organization over the past 3 years, only about 20 percent of key budget documents that were supposed to be online were available.

“These assessments look at official county government websites to assess the availability of key county documents that should have been made publicly available by counties while formulating and implementing the budget each year, in accordance with the Public Finance Management (PFM) Act,” Abraham Rugo Country Manager, IBPK.

Garissa, Mandera, Migori and Turkana were noted to have never published any document in any of the 6 studies.

The study singles out Baringo County as the best performer across all the studies.

IBPK conducted this assessment during the first week of August 2017 where it searched for documents that include The Annual Development Plan 2016 (for the year 2017/18), the County Fiscal Strategy Paper 2017 and the Quarterly Budget Implementation Report for the third quarter of 2016/17.

Other documents that were assessed include the Budget Estimates 2017/18 and the Citizen Budget 2017/18.

“Counties are still not making key documents available to the public online in a timely fashion and unless this changes, citizens will not be able to participate effectively in the budget process as they are intended to do under the constitution and the PFM Act,” said Rugo.

These assessments look at official county government websites to assess the availability of key county documents that should have been made publicly available by counties while formulating and implementing the budget each year, in accordance with the Public Finance Management (PFM) Act.

IBPK conducted this assessment during the first week of August 2017.

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