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Kenya devolution hurt by local political contests

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Subject

Devolution in Kenya.

Significance

The 47 county governments created under the 2010 constitution and voted into office during the 2013 elections represent a powerful new tier of administration in Kenya's political landscape. Nearly two years on, the contours of devolution in practice, and the challenges of implementation, are becoming clearer.

Impacts

  • Devolution will not overcome its multiple challenges without the support of the central government, a commitment that is often questioned.
  • Popular support for devolution will not waver easily, though confidence in elected officials could turn on development success.
  • Counties will rarely wield the resources to enact the sort of transformational development that can improve long-term job growth.
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