Devolution in Kenya.
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.
- 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.