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Practical Citizen Participation in the Budget Process at County Level

By: Kituo Cha Sheria

Devolution is changing the way decisions are made and services delivered in Kenya. Under the new devolved system there are two levels of government the county and national. The county level is responsible for some services and national government others but they are required to work together for coordination. The county is responsible for services such as early childhood education, markets, County health facilities, housing, water and sanitation among others. The county is supposed to budget for all these services annually and MUST involve citizens in the process. Citizens have new powers under the devolved system but also new responsibilities. A budget is an itemized summary of likely income and expenses for a given period. It helps the government to determine the priority areas and allocate sufficient financial resources. It is a spending plan for the year that is based on the priorities identified in the county’s development plans. This resource guides citizens in their roles in the budget process at the county level, allowing them to make informed decisions.

The second half of the document provides this information in Swahili.