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Major Achievements Over The Last Three (3) Years – 2013-To Date

The Ministry of Devolution and Planning is composed of three State Departments, namely:

State Department of National Planning and Statistics  – Responsible coordination of production and dissemination of national social economic plans, collection, analysis and standardization of national statistics (e.g. population and Housing Census),   public policy research analysis; tracking and reporting of implementation of Kenya Vision 2030 flagship projects; coordinating multi sectoral projects and programmes; formulating, coordinating and implementing appropriate population policies and programmes for sustainable development; and providing the standards and guidelines for development planning to county governments.

State Department of Devolution – Responsible for coordinating high level actions and programmes geared towards operationalization and strengthening of the devolved system of government as provided in the Kenya Constitution 2010.  Specifically the State Department is responsible for: management of devolution affairs; Inter-governmental relations; capacity building of county governments and development of Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs).

State Department of Special Programmes (SDSP)  – Responsible for providing leadership in large scale humanitarian interventions such as relief and rehabilitation of affected communities and groups, resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and family protection specifically the rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration of homeless “street” families.

Semi-Autonomous Governmental Agencies (SAGAs)

  • Vision 2030 Board
  • New Economic Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD)
  • National Economic and Social Council (NESC)
  • Community Development Trust Fund (CDTF)
  • Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS)
  • National Council for Population and Development (NCPD)
  • Kenya Institute of Public Policy and Research Analysis (KIPPRA)
  • National Government Constituencies Development Fund
  • Street Families Rehabilitation Trust Fund (SFRTF)
  • National Drought Management Authority (NDMA)
  • NGO coordination Board

Other key implementing Agencies

  • Inter-Governmental Relations technical committee (IGRTC)– the National and County Coordinating Summit which is the highest body for intergovernmental relations and is responsible for Is responsible for the day to day administration of the Summit and of the Council and in particular— (i) facilitate the activities of the Summit and of the Council; and (ii) implement the decisions of the Summit and of the Council; (b) take over the residual functions of the transition entity established under the law relating to transition to devolved government after dissolution of such entity; (c) convene a meeting of the forty-seven County Secretaries within thirty days preceding every Summit meeting; and (d) perform any other function as may be conferred on.
  • National Consultative Coordination Committee (NCCC) – Coordinate prevention and preparedness efforts, protection and assistance to internally displaced persons throughout their displacement until a durable and sustainable solutions is found, and to host communities as needed


1. Strong devolved system of governance 1.    Facilitated the transition process and operations of the  County Government including the County Executives and Assemblies through the provision of:

a.    Start up funds for the counties

b.    Human resources (transitional teams and seconded national government staff)

c.    Physical infrastructure (administrative and logistical facilities)



Successful transition:


All 47 Counties took effect and are now fully established governments. Government is at its closest to the people than at any other time in our history.




    2.    The transfer of functions was effected following Legal Notice No. 137, so that county governments could effectively assume their responsibilities to the people.


Full transfer of functions as provided for  by the Constitution – within three years hence improved access to public services such as health, street lighting, water are now fully under Governors
    3.    Facilitated the setting-up and operationalization of Inter-Governmental mechanisms including the National and County Government Coordination Summit; the Inter-Governmental Sectoral Forums and Inter-Governmental Relations Technical Committee. Devolution without disruption – platforms for broad consultations between the two levels of government to support the capacities of counties in addressing emerging operational and administrative issues
    4.    Facilitated the roll out of a National Capacity Building Framework for County Governments that provides training and induction; technical assistance; and institutional support for counties, and incorporates a broad strategy for civic education.



Improved  the efficiency of the leadership at the county and in taking over of devolved functions

    5.    In conjunction with the KLRC and the office of the AG Launched and disseminated a guide to the legislative process in Kenya, and developed Model laws


Relevant officers in all the 47 counties trained – quality laws being enacted in counties
    6.    Developed a funding framework under Devolution Sector Working Group Coordinated development partner support for county governments and the devolution process –through this forum therefore complementing shareable revenue


2. Enhanced Social Accountability for delivery of services 7.    Developed Public participation Guidelines that provide the framework, content and mechanisms for public participation, collection and analysis of information from the public.


Structured public engagement – citizens able to hold to hold government to account
    8.    Developed Civic education curriculum and trainers manual for Civic education on devolution which aim to have a more informed citizenry that participates in governance affairs of the society on the basis of enhanced knowledge and ownership of the constitution



Informed citizens that participate in governance affairs at both levels of government.

3. Accelerated sustainable socio economic development of arid and semi-arid areas, and strengthening inclusivity of vulnerable groups 1.    Implemented the Hunger safety Net Programme  (HSNP) Phase II – A social protection programme aimed at cushioning the poorest households from Hunger. Benefits 86,000 Households (receive KSH unconditional 2550 per month in Turkana, Marsabit, Wajir, and Mandera counties where poverty levels are highest.


    2.    Implemented the Northern Kenya Education Trust (NoKET) which educates needy, bright girls through a scholarship programme


180 girls fully sponsored in secondary schools across the country – Mandera, Wajir, Turkana, Isiolo, Garisssa, Marsabit, West Pokot, Samburu, Lamu, Tana River, Narok, Kajiado and Baringo Counties
    3. Restructured National Government Constituency Development Fund and operationalized it.


Devolved Ksh 87 billion to constituencies under Members of Parliament
     4. Operationalized the Affirmation Action Social Development Fund (2015) Devolved KSH

310,202,495 to counties through County Women Representatives


    5.    Implemented Western Kenya Community Driven Development project supporting natural resource management and flood mitigation control in Busia, Siaya, Bungoma, Vihiga and Kakamega. Substantially controlled perennial floods in Budalangi Basin


Improved livelihood through over 2,000 micro and community projects for low income citizens worth KSH 6.5 billion

    6.    In partnership with key stakeholders, implemented over 1,100 community projects covering various development programs including health, water, climate change and agriculture through the Community Development trust fund  Achieved a 100% implementation of planned programs in all 47 counties worth over KSH 7 billion
4 Effective humanitarian response 1.     Operationalization of the Prevention, Protection and Assistance to Internally Displaced Persons and affected Communities Act 2013, that provides for the creation of the National Consultative Coordination Committee   on internally displaced persons.



Coordinated efforts in prevention and preparedness mechanisms, in providing assistance to internally displaced persons.


    2.    Resettlement of 2007-2008 Post Election IDPS


Resettled 74,857 Households through Rudi Nyumbani,

8,754 households through the land resettlement program,  8,409 households through cash payments in lieu of land and

90,553 integrated IDPs through cash payments

246 Households  repatriated from Uganda


Closed 25 IDPs camps


    3.    Emergency response to disasters through food and non-food relief provision. Monthly Relief food distributed to 24 ASAL counties  worth KSH 1.9 billion in the last three years
5. Sound national planning systems and standards for sustained equitable & inclusive development 1.    The Ministry developed the Second Medium Term Plan (MTP II) and Sector Plans to guide implementation of the Kenya Vision 2030. Sound and rational basis for equitable resource allocation to all government agencies
    2.    Developed and disseminated Guidelines for County Integrated Development Plans (CIDP) to guide the Counties in developing their CIDPs, and produced guidelines for mid-term reviews of CIDPs


Building the necessary norms and standards in our planning processes at the two levels of government
    3.    Developed various statistical reports: Annual Economic Survey, Kenya Demographic and Health Survey 2014


Evidence based- public programs and interventions.


Provides information to help monitor and evaluate Kenya’s economic performance, population and health status – how well are our programs in health serving us? Which population groups are affected by which health challenges

This provides a good basis for programmatic interventions and therefore resource allocation.