Beneficial Ownership in Kenya

Beneficial Ownership in Kenya

Public procurement in Kenya and the world at large plays an important role in the economic development of any country. It is the implementation vehicle by which service delivery is achieved. Due to the huge financial flows involved in public procurement, the sector is the most prone to corruption. (World Bank, 2016). Major corruption scandals in Kenya have revolved around public procurement. Billions of shillings have been lost through under deals in procurement which takes years to trace and recover. While corruption is one type of fraud, there is a big difference between more traditional fraud and corruption in that corruption involves the payment of monies stolen from a company, […]

Revenue Generated by Counties (July 2017 – March 2018)

Revenue Generated by Counties (July 2017 – March 2018)

The power to raise revenue both at the national and county government is enshrined in the 2010 Constitution of Kenya.Revenue collection is important when it comes to funding various development projects within the counties. Nairobi, Mombasa, Narok and Nakuru were among the counties that generated the highest amount and Tana River, Lamu and Mandera are among those that had the lowest amount as illustrated below.   This is the percentage of the total revenue collected as from July 2017 to March 2018   The analysis of the local revenue as a proportion of the annual target is illustrated below  

External Debt Service

External Debt Service

According to data from The National Treasury, Kenya’s current public debt stands at approximately 4.884 trillion Kenyan shillings. The Infographics attached below show part of the debt that from specific entities. The numbers have been categorized into: Multilateral, Bileteral and Commercial debt. External debt is the total public and private debt that a country owes foreign creditors and covers bilateral debt, multilateral debt and commercial debt. Bilateral debt generally refers to debt loaned by one State to another state and is not issued to private sector lenders such as banks. Multilateral debt is owed to international financial institutions such as the African Development Bank while commercial debt is money loaned by private […]

Computer Misuse and Cyber Crimes Act Bill of 2018

Computer Misuse and Cyber Crimes Act Bill of 2018

The Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Act of 2018 was drafted and assented to on the 16th May 2018. It comes into force in a few days, (30th May 2018). The bill is set to monitor, control and get rid of cybercrimes, which have been on the rise recently The bill received contributions from ICT stakeholders as well as part of the public It is an ACT of Parliament to provide for offences relating to computer systems; to enable timely and effective detection, prohibition, prevention, response, investigation and prosecution of computer and cybercrimes; to facilitate international co-operation in dealing with computer and cybercrime matters; and for connected purposes. There is established […]

Unpacking the role of citizen participation in Governance

Unpacking the role of citizen participation in Governance

It is important for any government to involve the citizens in projects being undertaken. In governance, Citizen Participation, involves the public evaluating their own needs depending on the problems that they are experiencing and taking part in project planning and budget monitoring. This is important as it improves public resource management and reduces corruption. Citizen participation also makes leaders and political leaders to be answerable to the people they serve. For Citizen Participation to work, transparency of government information is required. Information is power and helps the citizens in making right choices. Inclusion of members into decision-making from groups whose concerns are being addressed is also important. Excluding the weak […]

Towards fostering a healthy community

Towards fostering a healthy community

Event: World AIDS Day Soccer Tournament and Medical Camp Where: Mlango Kubwa, Mathare When: 1/12/2017 Time: 7:00am-5:30pm InfoNET is partnering with Joy Divine Children’s organization and other organizations in a bid to foster a healthy community in Kenya. This is being done through hosting an event that aims to indulge street dwellers and street  kids with the agenda of liberating and elevating the deprived in the society.  The Event, dubbed World AIDS Day Soccer Tournament and Medical Camp will be held on 1/12/2017 starting from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm at Mlango Kubwa in Mathare.      InfoNET’s vision is reducing inequalities by improving the universal quality of life of […]

InfoNET and the Zambia Elections Information Centre (ZEIC)

InfoNET and the Zambia Elections Information Centre (ZEIC)

InfoNET’s commitment to openness and transparency drives the organisation to work on projects championing causes such as these. With a credible track record of harnessing the use of ICTs to enhance civic participation and monitor elections, we provided the Zambia Elections Information Centre (ZEIC) with technological support and capacity building for their work on and around the 11th August, 2016 election period. The election centre, which is ICT driven was set up to provide relevant, verified and timely information on the election situation around Zambia and is the country’s first ever Election Situation Room (ESR). Having been a part of the project from inception we met with several of partners […]

El Nino Situation Room

El Nino Situation Room

This was a Crisis center setup at the onset of the El Nino Season which is part of the larger EL Nino Southern Oscillation Cycle (ENSO). In the past the phenomenon has led to massive loss of lives and damage to infrastructure, most notably the 1997 rains. This time round through a collaborative effort spearheaded the Office of the Deputy President (Legal and Intergovernmental Liaison Office) and InfoNET, a center was put up to monitor and document weather patterns, casualties and appropriate responses. The activities of the Center were also supported by external partners who include Columbia University, Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), Kenya Red Cross, National Disaster Operations Center […]

Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) Launch

Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) Launch

The essence of data harnessing to meet Sustainable Goals. On a global scale, abject poverty, increase in equality and injustice, and climate change sit at the realm as focal concerns being experienced. To curb this, a Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) was formed and supported by 198 nations who vowed to achieve 7 global goals through a series of short term and long term efforts. These efforts are expected to achieve the global goals within the next fifteen years. Established on September, 2015 the initiative was adopted by governments, civil society, private sector, international organizations, academic, statistical and data communities, and networks who represent all sectors of society, […]

Open Government Partnership (OGP) II

Open Government Partnership (OGP) II

Following last year’s Open Government Partnership (OGP) Initiative held in Mexico, South Africa was at the forefront chairing the continent’s Regional meeting in Cape Town earlier in May this year. The meeting saw the convergence of more than 500 individuals from Africa who are involved in the government or civil society to debate how open government, and a more transparent and accountable style of governance, can support sustainable development in Africa. In his opening speech, South African Minister for Public Service and Administration N. A. Ramatlhodi revealed that his country had made significant strides in creating platforms for engagement with partners from government and civil society to discover, share and […]