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Is Devolution Under Siege?

Article 218(1) of the Constitution of Kenya states that at least two months before the end of each financial year, there shall be introduced in Parliament— (a) a Division of Revenue Bill, which shall divide revenue raised by the national government among the national and county levels of government in accordance with this Constitution. However, the current disagreements between the National Assembly and the Senate have derailed the entire process thus threatening to bring to a halt the operations of both levels of Government…

Is Devolution Under Siege 

 

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What has gender got to do with public finance and budgeting in a Kenyan perspective?

Studies on gender and public finance belong to different schools and at times merging the two can become a tall order. While studies on public finance is concerned on government activities, which include spending, deficits and taxation, gender studies on the other hand is concerned about gendered representation in all spheres of society.  Undoubtedly, these are two distinct fields that one would not consider a merger between them. Surprisingly, these fields are intertwined to form what we call gender responsive budgeting and policy formulation. The two fields acknowledge involvement of people in public finances through public participation channels at the same seek to promote gender equality. Both schools argue that taxation and expenditure affect men and women different and for this reason we find a common ground of public finance and gender…

What has gender got to do with public finance and budgeting in a Kenyan perspective-IPFK

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Circular No.8-2018 Guidelines for Preparation of FY 2019.20-2021.22 Budget.

Section 36 (2) of the Public Finance Management Act 2012 requires that not later than the 30th August in each year, the Cabinet Secretary shall issue to all national government entities a circular setting out guidelines on the budget process to be followed by them.

The circular in section 36 (3) includes (a) a schedule for preparation of the budget indicating key dates by which various exercises are to be completed; (b) the procedures for the review and projection of revenues and expenditures; (c) key policy areas and issues that are to be taken into consideration when preparing the budget; (d) procedures setting out the manner in which members of the public shall participate in the budget process; (e) the format in which budget information and documents shall be submitted; and (f) any other information that, in the opinion of the Cabinet Secretary, may assist the budget process.

Finally, the circular requires in section 36 (4) of the PFM Act 2012 that every national government entity shall comply with the guidelines, and in particular, such dates as are specified in the schedule referred to in subsection (3)(a).

Circular No.8-2018 Guidelines for Preparation of FY 2019.20-2021.22 Budget

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What is a finance Bill?

Every year in June, the cabinet secretary for National Treasury reads the budget highlights and presents the Finance Bill to the National Assembly. But what is a Finance Bill? Why does the cabinet secretary present it to parliament alongside the budget highlights?

What is a finance bill?

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Policy Brief: Enhancing Accountability for Basic Education Budget in Kenya by World Vision Kenya.

The Government of the Republic of Kenya has been demonstrating a consistent commitment towards ensuring the realization of the Right to Free and Compulsory Basic Education for all children as provided for under article 53(1b) of the Constitution of Kenya.
Enhancing Accountability for the Basic Education Budget in Kenya therefore calls for a focus on the key components and needs of the Basic Education sub-sector.
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What are some of the challenges counties face in revenue collection and is automation of revenue an end in itself?

Article 209 (3) of the Constitution of Kenya obliges counties to impose property rates, entertainment taxes and any other tax which should be imposed through an Act of Parliament. However, revenue collection is dependent of the context in terms of where the county is located and its available revenue streams. For instance urban counties like Nairobi are more likely to get more revenue from entertainment taxes while the counties considered to be in a rural setting are likely to raise less. Our July brief speaks of the challenges faced in raising revenue with recommendations on how to improve the same. Read more of this in the link below…

What are some of the challenges counties face in revenue collection and is automation of revenue an end in itself?

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Nairobi City County Citizen Budget 2018-2019

Section 131 of the Public Finance Management, Act 2012 gives the county assembly powers “to consider the county government budget estimates with a view to approving them, with or without amendments, in time for the relevant appropriation law and any other laws required to implement the budget to be passed by the 30th June in each year.” Nairobi City County Assembly is in the process of approving the estimates for 2018/2019. What are the highlights for the upcoming financial year? Get a copy of the Nairobi Citizen Estimates 2018/2019 from the link below…

Nairobi City County Citizen Budget 2018-2019

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In the FY 2018/19 national budget we celebrate small wins and mourn big losses.

The Cabinet Secretary for Treasury  Mr Henry Rotich will present highlights on the budget  2018/2019 in parliament on 14th of June 2018. The highlights will provide information on policy and revenue raising measure for the upcoming financial year. But how has the process been like? What are the gains and losses? Read more on this in our June 2018 brief from the link below…

In the FY 2018-19 budget we celebrate small wins and mourn big losses-IPFK June Budget brief

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Kwale county pending bills was Ksh 989.9 million as at the end of FY 16/17. How did these pending bills arise?

Kwale county pending bills was Ksh 989.9 million as at the end of FY 1617. How A pending bill in the public finance context can be defined as a form of credit advanced by the creditors (suppliers) to a government. It is usually in the form of completed projects, work -in -progress and committed Local Purchase Orders. The issue of pending bills has been raised since the inception of devolution by the Controller of Budget in the Implementation Reports and in the same magnitude by the Auditor General in his annual reports. Kwale county pending bills was Ksh 989.9 million as at the end of FY 16/17. How did these pending bills arise? Read more of this in our budget brief…

Kwale county pending bills was Ksh 989.9 million as at the end of FY 16/17. How did these pending bills arise?

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