Report On Nairobi City County Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF)

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Publisher The Institute for Social Accountability (TISA)
Year of Publication
Category Papers and Articles
County Nairobi
Description Public participation plays a critical role in deepening democracy and promoting good governance. Citizens involvement in governance processes ensures that their experiential and grounded perspectives inform government on their needs and how these needs can best be addressed. Given our past, the practice of critical engagement between citizens and government was frowned upon by an insular and self-perpetuating state; the new democratic government emphasized the need for critical engagement between itself and its citizens. It therefore, came as no surprise that public participation is a key Constitutional principle which clearly states that peoples needs must be responded to, and the public must be encouraged to participate in policy making.  
Public participation is a principle, which has now been underpinned in the new constitution and recognized as an important right. The Constitution of Kenya, 2010 is founded on the principle of public participation in all spheres of governance. The Constitution  requires county governments to give effect to public participation through the Fourth Schedule Part 2 (14) which states the county will ensure and coordinate the participation of communities and locations in governance at the local level. Counties are also to assist communities to develop the administrative capacity for the effective exercise of the functions and powers and participation in governance at the local level. Article 201(a) also outlines public participation as one of the principles of public finance alongside openness and accountability. 
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