- Category: Programmes.
- July 17 th.
- Written by Transparency International Kenya .
The war against corruption will not be won unless the public develops and sustains pressure on public institutions to provide quality services and leaders to be accountable.
TI-Kenya will work to strengthen the capacity of the public to not only recognize corrupt practices, but to also take action against such practices. TI Kenya will have a special focus on the youth as a key pillar in enhancing public integrity and fighting corruption.
TI-Kenya’s Citizen Demand Programme is in place as a result of clear indications that public service delivery in Kenya remains manifested by inefficiency and a lack of transparency and accountability.
TI-Kenya therefore sees the need to prioritise and promote active engagement between the citizens’ and public service delivery institutions, while at the same time enhancing the responsiveness through implementation of the 2010 Constitution and legal reforms in order to enhance accountability.
The Citizen Demand programme builds political capital that can enable effective citizen engagement in public policy by establishing active citizen institutions on the ground. Through this programme, TI-Kenya will therefore seek to contribute to the generation of knowledge and skills that can help citizens build political capital that can in turn enable them to effectively influence public policy and provision of public services.
To this end, TI-Kenya is already working with its good governance coalition partners in the Coast, North Rift, Nairobi and Western regions to empower citizens to actively engage with responsive public service delivery institutions. TI-Kenya does this through capacity building and civic engagement.
The Citizen Demand Programme focuses on:
- Public service delivery: This initiative is geared towards improving responsiveness of public policy processes and public service delivery institutions through citizen demand for integrity in the water and education sectors. TI-Kenya is facilitating and advocating for increased citizen involvement in community level integrity monitoring in the provisions of these key social services.
- Monitoring the management of county governments: TI-Kenya has been monitoring the manifestation of corruption and its risks in local authorities with the aim of empowering citizens to monitor the allocation and use of the resources and revenues within the authorities. Following the adoption of a new Cconstitution in 2010, local governance will shift from local authorities to county governments. TI-Kenya has been conducting civic education on devolution to sensitise the public on the principles, structures, powers and functions of devolution under the new dispensation.
- Youth engagement: TI-Kenya is working to mobilise and empower the youth to proactively demand for transparency and good governance from leaders and public institutions. By working with the in-school and out-of-school youth, TI-Kenya intends to influence generational transformation in Kenya by shaping their attitudes and practices on governance and corruption in particular, so as to curb the future incidence of graft.
- Advocacy and Legal Advisory Centres (ALACs): Through the Advocacy and Legal Advisory Centres (ALACs) established in Mombasa, Eldoret, Kisumu and Nairobi, TI-Kenya encourages corruption victims to come forward with corruption-related complaints. Cases filed in the ALACs provide concrete evidence to advocate for institutional and legal reforms. ALAC is a walk-in, call-in center or mail in center where a citizen can obtain free and confidential advice on corruption cases. ALAC works with communities to empower them to report corruption. ALAC also offers a unique opportunity for the fight against corruption in Kenya as it gives opportunity to gather data on graft incidents in various public and private institutions.