News Categories: Finance and Economic Planning

16 Sep
By: Phoebe Jeruto 0 1

AUTOMATION OF COUNTY PROJECT MANAGEMENT FOR MONITORING OF PROJECTS TO COMPLETION.

 

County’s ICT Sub sector, in its journey towards automation of all county processes, is looking forward to rolling out County Projects Management System (CPMS). This system intends to help all stakeholders in tracking progress and status of all projects undertaken by all the departments begin from the tendering stage all through to completion.

According to the CO for ICT &e-Government, Jonathan Misoi, the department is progressively digitizing county processes for good governance and effective delivery of services in the county.

He further added that the upcoming CPMS is going to re-engineer the existing manual projects’ M&E processes as well as give the citizens an opportunity to monitor and give their opinions on the ongoing projects in their respective wards.

The CO for Economic planning, Felix Sambu, speaking during a consultation forum between ICT and Economic Planning teams, stated that adoption of such system will boost monitoring and evaluation of projects, reduce delays in projects execution and enhance real-time reporting.

This system, with it’s main user as the Department of Finance and Economic Planning, will be a perfect tool for Monitoring and Evaluation of the programs and projects for successful and timely achievement of projects’ objectives as stated in the County Integrated Development Plan

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21 Aug
By: Peter Kiprop 0 1

NANDI RESIDENTS GIVE THEIR INPUT ON ADP 2020/21

A two day Public Participation on prioritization of development projects and programmes for the Nandi County Annual Development Plan (ADP) 2020/21 concludes as the budget process kicks off.

Residents from all the 30 wards in Nandi had the opportunity to participate in County matters and share their views and voices on the document in the spirit of participatory governance.

A resident of Kabiyet making his submission during a public participation at Kabiyet Community Social Hall.

 

During a review of the ADP 2020/21 last week, Governor Stephen Sang noted that his administration is aligning the County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) with the medium term priority projects in the Annual Development Plan (ADP) geared towards attaining his transformational agenda.

Through this, the County Government of Nandi is enhancing citizen participation in decision making in public forums. Members of the public submitted their proposals on various projects and programmes in their respective wards for consideration.

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29 Jul
By: Remmy Butia 0 0

PREPARATION OF THE COUNTY ANNUAL PROGRESS REPORT KICKS OFF

Monitoring and Evaluation activities at the county level are a critical component for the successful implementation of projects and programmes in the county. Monitoring and Evaluation reports provides the feedback necessary for the monitoring of status in implementation of projects and programmes to enable decision-making organs to make informed decisions based on evidence. It’s through the Monitoring and Evaluation Reports that the relevance and effectiveness of the proposed projects and programmes being implemented can be ascertained.

The Economic Planning Unit of the County Government of Nandi coordinates preparation of the Annual Progress Report (APR) in collaboration with implementing government Departments.

The Chief Officer for Economic Planning Felix Sambu officiated over the opening session for a three day compilation of the Monitoring and Evaluation report in Kapsabet town.

The County Monitoring and Evaluation Report is a time to time documentation of the county projects and programmes with keen observations on progress in terms of indicators and implementation status of the programmes/projects.

It is prepared to review progress achieved following the implementation of the Annual Development Plan (ADP). This is, therefore, an enabler in tracking and thus strengthening of good development strategies, learning from
emerging issues and timely remedying of challenges identified.

The County Annual Progress Report is a strategic tool to report the progress of implementation programmes as set out in the ADP 2017/18 and 2018/2019. The report assesses the performance of each of the County government’s department in realising the aspirations of the people of Nandi through the set-out targets in the ADP. It provides information on the progress in the implementation of policies, programmes and projects; challenges encountered; and recommendations for future implementation.

The Economic Planning Unit conducted sessions for Monitoring and Evaluating the status of projects and programmes, which forms the basis of the preparation of the APR.

The process of preparing the APR involves consultations with various stakeholders, a process that ends with the subjection of the report for a validation process to enhance ownership.

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05 Jul
By: Phoebe Jeruto 2 0

STRENGTHENING MONITORING AND EVALUATION FOR EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF COUNTY PROJECTS

The County department of Finance and Economic Planning through its monitoring and evaluation unit has always been monitoring the performance and progress of all the projects undertaken by the county government. It does this on quarterly basis so as to ensure continuity and accomplishment of the planned projects and programs.

With the close of the financial year, the department is set to evaluate the status of projects for FY 2018/2019. According to the CO for Economic Planning, Felix Sambu, the department together with consultants from AHADI Kenya are working on a tool that would help in systematic tracking of the implementation process and measuring the outputs.

Speaking during the monitoring and evaluation tool formulation exercise, the County Secretary, Dr. Francis Sang pointed out the tool will give a proper framework in making Monitoring and evaluation successful and for development of result oriented reports.

The citizens should therefore expect improved performance by the departments and all other stakeholders in project implementation and efficient delivery of services.

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02 Jul
By: Remmy Butia 0 0

RESIDENTS URGED TO REGISTER THEIR PLOTS AND PAY LAND RATES

Nandi residents have been urged to register their plots and pay land rates to the County Government.

Addressing a stakeholders forum that brought together residents and Baraton Business Community at Baraton trading center, Trade and Industrialization CEC Jacob Tanui, his Finance counterpart CPA Alfred Lagat and Trade Chief Officer Feisal Mohammed said that the County Government of Nandi will soon start mapping both registered and unregistered business plots in Nandi in a bid to increase revenues from land rates.

Finance & Economic Planning CECM CPA Alfred Lagat addressing Baraton business community

At the forum, the public was also sensitized over the Kapsabet Municipality, Baraton being part of it. Kapsabet town received a charter as a Municipality. The municipality is directly involved in the development activities within its boundaries.

The Trade and Industrialization CEC Jacob Tanui expressed concern that majority of Nandi residents evade land rate payments and revenue, a trend that he termed as unfortunate.

The stakeholders forum was part of a series of public engagement forums held for various opinion leaders to enhance collection of revenues, tax, land rates and land registration in Nandi County.

Finance and Economic Planning CEC CPA Alfred Lagat urged members of the public to desist from cash payment and pay their parking fees, single business permits, advertisements, land rates, daily market cess through Paybill Number or Account Numbers provided.

The Chief Officer for Trade Feisal Mohammed who was also present emphasized the importance of land registrations and payment of land rates.

Land owners are asked to pay for their land rates on time to avoid accummulation of debt and penalties that come through.

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20 Jun
By: Cornelius Kipkoech 0 5

2019/2020 BUDGET PRESENTED TO THE COUNTY ASSEMBLY

The County Executive Committee Member For Finance and Economic Planning CPA Alfred Lagat on Thursday Presented Ksh 8,133,676,476 2019/2020 Budget estimates at the County Assembly of Nandi.

Recurrent expenditure in this 2019/20 budget estimates amounts to Kshs. 4.6 Billion translating to 57% of the total revenue, composed of the Personnel Emoluments amounting to Kshs. 3.135 Billion which translates to 39% of the total budget estimates while 18% goes to the Operations and Maintenance amounting to Kshs.1.5 Billion.

Development expenditure as per these budget estimates amounts to Kshs. 3.493Billion translating to 43% of the Total Revenue which is above the 30% threshold, hence complying with the Public Finance Management Act 2012.

The departments with high budgetary allocations this financial year include; Health and Sanitation with 32.1%, Agriculture and cooperative development 11.8%, Administration public service and
E-government 9.0%, Lands, environment and natural resources 7.9% Transport and Infrastructure with 6.9%.

Additionally, the County Assembly has in this budget been allocated 10.4% of the total budget where Ksh. 200,250,000 is allocated as development to facilitate the completion of the County Assembly Complex.

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17 Jun
By: Kipsaro Boit 0 0

JUKUMU LANGU HANDBOOK FOR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION UNVEILED IN NANDI

Responsible citizens have to be aware of their roles in governance both at the county and national level. Now that public participation in government processes is anchored in the constitution, it is only fitting that Kenyans embrace the civic duty as it will help bring about better governance.

Participants at the Jukumu Langu Handbook Launch

 

As a way of creating awareness among citizens about their role in county governance, the State Department of Devolution, the Council of Governors (CoG), Ahadi Consultancy and the County Government of Nandi have launched the JUKUMU LANGU handbook at Kapsabet. The publication seeks to demystify public participation by elaborating the relevant areas of engagement. in all the three arms of government at the national level and the two devolved arms at county level. At the county level, the handbook comprehensively explores the department of finance and economic planning, where it explains the budget making process, p, planning, procurement, planning, overseeing the budget implementation among other things, and the corresponding citizen’s role in each of them.

 

Chief Officer in Charge of Economic Planning, Mr. Felix Sambu

 

Speaking at the function, the chief officer Economic Planning Mr Felix Sambu urged Nandi residents to get themselves a copy of the handbook so that that they can read and and understand their role in government processes. He noted that the county is in the budget making process, hence the handbook came at the right time. On the mode of distribution of the copies, he said that the county government will use sub-county and ward officials.
Residents who spoke applauded the publication and urged everyone living in the county to get a copy so that no more chaos is involved in their dealings with government.

Participants at the Jukumu Langu Handbook Launch

 

Wananchi remain at the center of the county government’s transformation agenda. JUKUMU LANGU is one more step towards the full realization of that goal.
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02 May
By: Phoebe Jeruto 0 0

COUNTY ADOPTS ‘CIMES’ FOR THE SUCCESSFUL REALIZATION OF COUNTY OBJECTIVES

The Constitution of Kenya requires adherence to principles of good governance and transparency in all areas of service delivery through monitoring and evaluation of policies, programs and projects.

County Integrated Monitoring and Evaluation system(CIMES), which replicates the National Integrated Monitoring and Evaluation System by the National Treasury and Planning, is a tool that guides the Counties in the effective Monitoring and Evaluation(M&E) of County policies, programs and projects for the realization of the objectives. It therefore help in assessing the status and progress of projects and programs thus resulting in timely achievement of the set targets.

Today, the County department of Finance and Economic Planning together with the State Department of Planning held a stakeholders meeting on successful and effective implementation of CIMES in the County. Among the stakeholders were: County Government Officials, Deputy County Commisioner,National Government officials, MCAs in the Budget and appropriation committee, Representatives of Women, Youth, PWDs and Economists from the National Treasury and Planning.

The economists from National Treasury and Planning lead by Richard Munyithia and Elizabeth Wamalwa were able to give guidelines for implementation of CIMESand also review the county status on Monitoring and evaluation.

While speaking during the event, The Deputy Governor, Dr. Yulita Cheruiyot said that M&E is key in successful implementation of county function as well measuring performance. She therefore called upon the departments to follow the guidelines articulated in CIMES and ensure result oriented and timely completion of projects.

The Chief Officer for Economic Planning, Felix Sambu, who was also in the forum pointed out the department’s great focus in the successful implementation of County integrated Monitoring and Evaluation System (CIMES) through the extension of County M&E structure down to the Ward level.

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26 Apr
By: Cornelius Kipkoech 0 0

COUNTY ENGAGES RESIDENTS IN THE BUDGETING PROCESS THROUGH COUNTY-WIDE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION EXERCISE.

Good public participation practices helps governments to be more accountable and responsive to the community needs as it provides a consultative framework  between the government and its public. 

Public participation on formulation of County budget estimates for financial year 2019/2020 has been conducted across the county in order to allow resident weigh in  to the  draft Budget Policy Document ahead of the official presentation to the County assembly of Nandi on 14th June 2019 for debate and adoption .

In Kobujoi Ward in Aldai Sub-County, residents of the Vast Constituency scrutinize the document before openly giving opinions of what they deemed as priorities in County Government programs in the next fiscal cycle.

In Nandi Hills Sub-County, members of the public were also treated with an opportunity to decide on priorities they wished to be captured in the budget Policy document where they cited specific  projects that they needed to be alocated funds in the incoming budget estimates.  It emerged residents of the  dominant Tea growing Constituency wanted water projects, roads, health Centres and ECD projects be allocated funds as a their priorities in the 2019/2020 budget.

They also wanted the completion of several projects within Nandi Hills Town be allocated funds in so that the town is Boosted to better status

Other Constituencies that members of the public gave their input include Tindiret, Chesumei, Emgwen and Mosop where citizens expressed their confidence int the budget making process.

Reidents of Emgwen Sub County during the public participation in Chepkumia ward of Thursday.

Budget documents were provided by County Economists who provided budget information in simplified formats and where local dialect were in some instances used to enhance understanding by all and sundry as required by law.

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26 Apr
By: Phoebe Jeruto 0 1

COUNTY CAPACITY ASSESSMENT (CCA) BY AHADI PUTS NANDI AT THE TOP

County Capacity Assessment (CCA) is an initiative of Agile Harmonized Assistance for Devolved Institutions (AHADI) with the aim of establishing Capacity gaps and needs for service delivery in the counties. It also identifies the existing capacity strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for performance. This is meant to promote transparent, accountable and effective service delivery and responsive governance systems.

AHADI has been conducting surveys in 22 counties on County Capacity Assessment (CCA) and development. The surveys aim at identifying and addressing governance processes and capacity challenges that impact service delivery and effective implementation of devolution.

The major focus areas in these CCA surveys are: Human resource and administrative procedures; public participation; monitoring, evaluation and reporting; financial expenditure and procurement; county planning and budgeting and intercounty relations.

A number of surveys have been conducted previously namely CCA1 in 2016 and CCA2 in 2017 with Nandi performing at 64% and 72% respectively. While giving their CCA3 Survey Report today to the Department of Economic planning, County directors and sub county administrators, the consultants from AHADI pointed out the great improvement by the County in Capacity development and performance as per CCA3 survey done in 2018.

CCA 3 survey report sees Nandi County performing at 82%. The key functions which have performed well include intercounty relations; procurement; monitoring, evaluation and reporting; planning and budgeting; human resource and administrative structures. The success is attributed to the successful reforms by Nandi Governor Governor H.E Stephen Sang and the proper procedures in project implementation.

The Chief Officer for Economic planning, Felix Sambu, present during the CCA3 survey report presentation applauded the departments that have contributed to the success. He further added that the department of Economic Planning is working towards strengthening monitoring evaluation function across all the sectors so as to track performance and obtain feedback for effective service delivery.

CCA 3 survey aimed at finding out whether there are proper systems and procedures are in place. The County Government of Nandi is therefore working on the key weakness areas in preparation for CCA 4 survey which will be conducted before the end of this year.

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