Access to Information

Access to Information

Access to information is fundamental in any society that is governed by the rule of law. This forms an important tool for holding governments to account because they are required to be more transparent in their projects and day to day activities. When the citizens and civil societies have access to information held by public bodies, they are more empowered to hold their leaders accountable and be able to monitor the projects and how the money is being spent. This in turn helps in the fight against corruption. It also ensures that the public is in a position to participate in governance. Citizens should therefore have access to information held […]

Strengthening Open government Partnership in Kenya: The Launch of National Action Plan III

Strengthening Open government Partnership in Kenya: The Launch of National Action Plan III

Download NAP III It has been seven years since Kenya joined Open Government Partnership. It remains one of the 12 member states in Africa. The Kenyan constitution and the institutions it enshrines recognize a parliament and government that is open to the public and the public that is involved in the government’s work. The constitution elaborates on transparency, accountability and public participation in service delivery as principles that ensure good governance. The government needs to be opened up for public scrutiny to ensure that public participation thrives. Citizen participation is crucial because democratic accountability does not only occur within the confines of the periodicity of elections. The National Action Plan […]

A Citizens’ Feedback Mechanism (Liberia): A UNDP Initiative in Partnership with InfoNET

A Citizens’ Feedback Mechanism (Liberia): A UNDP Initiative in Partnership with InfoNET

On 25 January the Cabinet Secretariat of the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs, in collaboration with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, hosted a de-briefing of a joint fact finding field mission conducted by representatives from the government, UNDP and InfoNet, a Nairobi-based consulting firm experienced in setting up citizen accountability platforms, to the Bomi, Nimba and Grand Bassa county service centers (CSCs), three of five to serve as pilot. The purpose of the field mission was to conduct consultations and gather information to establish a Citizens’ Feedback Mechanism that will help improve sub-national service delivery. At the heart of the Citizen Feedback Mechanism will be an ICT platform that […]

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 […]

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 […]