KIAMBU, Kenya, Nov 17 – The Kiambu County Government has started using the performance management solutions, a project monitoring system that allows the government to track the progress of its ongoing projects while ensuring there is accountability.
According to the county Director of ICT Douglas Gicho, the system has seen the county grow its capacity and development drive, reduced waste, improved service delivery and a performance boom in the Executive office.
“This system has helped the county to hold all officers to account and this has had a great impact in service delivery. The system monitors the progress of the annual development plan to affirm the achievements made by each department,” he said.
The monitoring system at the implementation stage was donated to the county by World Bank and reporting is carried out on a weekly basis.
The departments load their projects subject to scrutiny by the Executive.
Governor William Kabogo indicated that building a culture of performance and results is key to delivering for Kiambu citizens and added that Kenyans have every high expectations of devolution and thus, there is a need to meet and manage the expectations.
“The Performance Management Process and Institutional Arrangements outlined in this solution provide an engine for delivery of the County Integrated Development Plan through each successive Annual Development Plan,” he said.
He pointed out that through the system, the county is able to control its budgets and has seen more efficient use of resources and measurably achieved better development results.
“The real test of impact is whether communities are seeing and feeling the change. For example, does the hospital have doctors and medicines? Is it clean? Are all the doctors being paid from county funds actually present in the hospital? County Government is working when Kiambu communities are experiencing change and seeing positive results!” he stated.
The Governor stated that performance management is achieved when there are indicators and targets measuring the inputs, outputs and outcomes of development projects, as well as financial and non-financial aspects.