Nairobi, Kenya, 7th April 2016: The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) – Levy Mwanawasa Regional Centre (LMRC), a partner in the Consortium of the Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Hub (EARH) with the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and The Consulting House (TCH) in Nairobi, Kenya, held a two day methodology workshop to develop the “County Governance and Resilience Index (CGI)” that will be piloted in 12 counties in Kenya, from 7th to 8th April, 2016.
The EARH is a centre of applied research that generates evidence-based approaches in resolving priority challenges related to conflict, violence and disaster as well as address the knowledge gaps.
The above aforementioned tool is poised to interrogate the performance of the county governments; assess the performance of the national government in rolling out devolution; and improve in their governance, build their capacity as well as evaluate their performance.
In his introductory remarks Dr. Frank Okuthe, the Executive Director for ICGLR-LMRC, presented the draft Regional Democracy and Good Governance Monitoring Framework to the participants and tasked them to consider it as a guideline for the County Governance and Resilience Index tool.
Participants in the methodology workshop developed a matrix depicting indicators with targets, sub-indicators and variables to be considered for the CGI. Importantly, Kenya’s devolution process was used as the baseline study for identifying emerging gaps and opportunities in the Governance and Resilience nexus.
Conclusively, the workshop provided a platform for discussants to share variable ideas which aided to successfully draft the CGI tool.