Launch of 2015 Citizen Report Card and Practitioners Workshop

Launch of 2015 Citizen Report Card and Practitioners Workshop

Voices from the Counties: Lessons from 2015 Citizen Report Card

The Monarch Hotel, Rose Avenue, Kilimani, Nairobi

Tuesday 5th April 2016, 7.30-1pm 

Purpose: The Society for International Development, will be launching its first Citizen Report Card on Tuesday 5th April 2016. Among the findings, the 2015 Citizen Report Card reveals that although citizen participation has increased significantly over the last three years, information on county budgets and priorities remains remarkably low. The 2015 Report Card also reveals that the culture of clientelism is still prevalent, as most Kenyans contact elected representatives for personal reasons. Consequently, personal relationship or belonging to the same ethnicity as the public officer providing the service and paying a bribe are considered to be the most effective ways of receiving public services.  The morning session will bring together over 40 Constitution experts, researchers and public interest advocates to;
  1. Share significant findings from the voices of 2,400 citizen across 10 counties on the state of public participation, open governance and service delivery in 2015, the end of the formal transition to devolved governance;
  2. Discuss with key stakeholders with an aim to collectively construct new thinking, relationships and coalitions across leaders across National and County Governments, private sector and public benefits organisations and society, so as to accelerate progress towards realization of the Constitution;
The County Assemblies Forum, Council of Governors, Ministry of Planning and Devolution, Public Service Commission, Public Affairs Foundation and the Indian High Commission will be invited to discuss these findings and launch the report card. We will also take the opportunity to honour Dr. Samuel Paul, former Executive Director, Public Affairs Centre and Foundation (October 2015 RIP) and Indian thought leader in the use of report cards for effective governance.  
Methodological Note: The launch will present findings of the 2015 Citizen Report Card, followed by a panel discussion by policy makers, and an opportunity for participants to engage with the findings and panel discussion in a plenary session. We hope that you are able to join us for this launch. Kindly confirm your attendance to Joan Njagi email: jnjagi@sidint.org and c.c. kdp@sidint.org by Thursday, March 24th, 2016.
Irungu Houghton
Associate Director, Society for International Development
 
The Society for International Development is an international network of individuals and organizations founded in 1957 to foster dialogue and democratic participation in the development process. The Kenya Dialogues Project was established by SID in 2013 to create a public covenant and leadership around four central promises of the Constitution of Kenya. The four promises are: Public Participation, Integrity and Equality. These promises enshrine the constitutional vision of a democratic, just, equitable and economically prosperous Kenya. We support knowledge-building, dialogue and action towards active citizenship and responsive governance.
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Launch of 2015 Citizen Report Card: Voices from the Counties: Lessons from the 2015 Citizen Report Card