Public participation policy review meeting

KMET through the Governance project held a three-days meeting with stakeholders from Kisumu County to come up with a final document from a draft copy of Public Participation Policy for Kisumu County. Representatives from the office of Kisumu County Budget and Economic Forum (CBEF), Plan International together with other CSOs met at a Kisumu hotel to review the draft document (Public Participation Policy) before is handed over to the executive office of the county and county assembly for its approval.
The Public Participation Policy is anchored on the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and relevant Acts of parliament particularly the County Government Act 2012.
Citizen participation and involvement in budget allocation with County Governments have not been fruitful following the challenges faced by Kisumu residents. There have been obstacles.
The purpose of the Public Participation Policy is to clearly communicate the expectations of the Kisumu County to staff and community, as this will help everyone to know when they should consult and why. It is further to help the community and/or people to understand and encourage them to contribute to the democratic participation and decision-making processes of the county government. The community and/or people will have the opportunity to influence how county government functions through effective and meaningful public engagement processes. This would lead to improved and sustainable policy decisions to govern Kisumu County.
The document has gone under a series of reviews, from the first stage to the fourth stage. This follows concerted efforts by the same partners in 2016 that saw the County pass a County Public Participation Bill.
The final document will soon be handed over to the County Executive office, the County Assembly and finally its launch.
The Governance project is implemented in collaboration with Concern Worldwide with support from the European Union.