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Freedom, justice and solidarity are the basic principles on which the work of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) is based. The KAS is a political foundation, closely associated with the party “Christian Democratic Union of Germany” (CDU). As co-founder of the CDU and the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Konrad Adenauer (1876-1967) united Christian-social, conservative, and liberal traditions. His name is synonymous with the democratic reconstruction of Germany, the firm alignment of foreign policy with the Trans-Atlantic community of values, the vision of a unified Europe, and an orientation towards social market economy. His intellectual heritage continues to serve us today, both as our aim as well as our obligation. In our European and international cooperation efforts we work for people to be able to live self-determined lives in freedom and dignity. We make a contribution underpinned by these values in order to help Germany to meet its growing responsibilities throughout the world.

We encourage people to lend a hand in shaping the future along these lines. With more than 70 offices abroad and projects in over 120 countries, we make a unique contribution to the promotion of democracy, the rule of law, and social market economy. To foster peace and freedom, we encourage a continuous dialogue at the national and international levels, as well as an exchange between cultures and religions.

The work of the KAS Kenya in the field of Devolution

Kenya’s decentralization is among the most rapid and ambitious Devolution processes going on in the world. Promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 marked a momentous point in the history of this country. Notably, the Constitution provided for a major Devolution – with significant implications: On the one hand, Devolution affects the distribution of resources and functions, and on the other hand, it also creates a whole new layer of County Government. Therefore Devolution has a great impact on the lives of ordinary Kenyans.

The European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development-funded project "Strengthening the Capacities of State and Non-State Actors for Effective Devolved Governance" was launched in May 2015 in Nairobi. The project will run for 48 months and is implemented by a Consortium led by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) together with Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC), the Centre for Enhancing Democracy and Good Governance (CEDGG) and the Mobilization Agency for Paralegal Communities in Africa (MAPACA). All co-applicants are regionally anchored and have been involved in the respective regions to enable stakeholders to effectively participate in devolved governance.

The target Counties are Mombasa, Kilifi, Tana River, Machakos, Makueni, Kitui, Nakuru, Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot.

The project’s overall objective is to contribute to an accountable, transparent and participatory County governance system in Kenya in accordance with its constitutional rights. Specifically, the project will strengthen the capacities of citizens as well as County governance institutions to effectively execute their democratic mandates – which means: the main focus of the project lies on capacity building.

The project operates on national as well as on regional level (“on the ground”) with different target groups, e.g. Committees on national level like the Council of Governors, County Authorities, journalists in the regions, Court User Committees and local offices of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, County Budget and Economic Forums, as well as different Actors of the Civil Society.

One of the key activities of the project is the foundation of Citizens Oversight Forums (COFs) – one in each of the ten target Counties. They are primarily seen as the advocate of the people with its main interest in participating in the budgeting and planning process of the Counties for ensuring improved service delivery by the County Authorities. Hence it can be said that the effective work of the COFs leads to the ultimate goals of the project: improved service delivery as a result of public participation and government responsiveness to the public. The cooperation and networking of the COFs with local organizations and committees lead to mutual information sharing and therefore responds to the Devolution process as a still new and highly complex reform.