This program provides citizens with tools, skills, and information they need to promote good governance in the lowest units of decentralization. It advances the national values and principals of good governance through service monitoring, budget advocacy and citizen participation in governance processes. The expected outcome of this program is improved delivery of quality services to citizens as envisioned in Article 43 of the CoK. The key components of this program are:
Civic education: We educate citizens on their civic rights and responsibilities as provided for in the constitution of Kenya and supporting legislation. Specifically, we increase citizen awareness of the devolved system of governance, the sovereignty of the people, public finance management, avenues and tools for citizen participation and representation of the people with a view of enhancing their meaningful participation in governance processes.
Participatory budgeting and planning: We build the capacity of citizens to organize and engage in county budget making and planning processes as envisioned in the constitution of Kenya and Public Finance Management Act. We do this by i) Facilitating citizen access to information relating to budget and planning processes ii) Building capacity of citizens to analyze key budget documents and reports and iii) Strengthening grass root civic formations to meaningfully engage in governance processes.
Participatory service monitoring: We work with citizens to monitor delivery of services in different sectors for purposes of providing service providers with constructive feedback to inform service delivery improvements. We use participatory performance monitoring tools such as community scorecards, citizen report cards, and public expenditure tracking. We do this by building the capacity of civic formations on participatory monitoring tools, facilitating civic formations to undertake service monitoring activities and evidence-based advocacy
Policy Influencing: We monitor formulation and implementation of legislation both at county and national levels by promoting youth and women participation in policy formulation and implementation as well as advocating for policies that respond to youth and women needs