For far too long, civic engagement and public participation has not been embraced in Kenya’s policy and development frameworks. However, the promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya in 2010 resolved the issue by reaffirming that all sovereign powers belong to the people and that shall be exercised both at the national and county level. The new constitution provided the country a devolved system with a robust decentralized governance structure that allows for a bottom-up approach in development.
The constitution, therefore, compels both local and national governments to engage the citizens as potential stakeholders in policy formulation all the way to the implementation phase. Consequently, this mechanism will lead to the realization of socio-economic development and efficient service delivery through an adequate constructive social dialogue also known as public participation.
These calls and requirements, stand to reengineer a positive paradigm shift in Kenya’s governance process by eliminating passiveness from the citizenry on the day to day running of the government.
Civic Education and Public Participation, therefore, contribute to cementing good economic governance and management systems, enhancement of human capital development, reduction of poverty and unemployment, social cohesion, and, legislative development as well as operationalization of policy frameworks. Ultimately, these augments monitoring and evaluation of both state and non-state actors.
The Kenyan government through the Senate and Ministry of Devolution and Planning have presented the good will of ensuring that Public Participation becomes operational by developing Draft Guidelines on Civic and Public Participation. In 2016, the Senate adopted a Public Participation Bill that is yet to become an Act of Parliament, the Ministry of Devolution on the other hand, through a stakeholders’ engagement went ahead and developed a County Public Participation Draft Guideline to be used by the 47 County Governments.
OUR Core Values ARE
Inclusivity & Diversity Accountability Transparency Participation Equity & Equality
Wananchi Waseme Solutions has therefore taken upon itself to expand the government – citizen interactions through providing training and capacity building forums with the sole intention of developing workable technical and standardized modalities for effective interaction between the public ector and local communities
We strive to actualize, popularize, and fully operationalize the following policy frameworks with both the leaders and community at large;
- Constitution of Kenya 2010
- County Constitutive Act 2012
- County Public Participation Guideline 2016
- Constituency Development Act 2013
- Public Finance Management Act 2012
- Urban and Cities Act 2012
- Intergovernmental Relations Act 2012
- Public Finance Management Regulation Act 2014
- Guidelines on Performance Contracting in County Governments
- Guidelines on County Integrated Monitoring and Evaluation System. (CIMES)
- Hand book on County Performance Management Systems
- County Integrated Development Plans (CIDP)
- National Capacity Building Framework (NCBF)
- Elections Act 2012/17
- The African Charter on Democracy, Elections, and Governance
- Reports from respectable both state and non-state actors, among other guiding principles