SPARK Kenya Publications

Blog Posts

  • August 31, 2020 – How persistence, proactiveness, partnership and social media bridged the access to information gap in Mombasa
    Access to information remains a prerequisite factor for meaningful public participation in budgets and policy decision processes. Citizens need information on how the government raises, allocates and spends money, as well as the quality of services delivered as outcomes. Despite the progress made in legal frameworks for access to information and public participation in the budget-making process in the last decade, the implementation has yet to be fully achieved at the county or national levels. Read more.
  • June 3, 2020 – Tackling COVID-19 requires a more progressive and targeted tax policy: a look at Kenya
    In response to the economic consequences of the coronavirus, the Government of Kenya (like other governments) has pursued important tax changes that deliver useful benefits to small businesses and formal-sector workers with lower incomes, but also provide poorly justified tax cuts for large businesses and individuals with higher incomes. Read more.
  • June 4, 2020 – Lessons learned: engaging the public in budget discussions despite social distancing
    On March 13, 2020 Kenya recorded its first COVID-19 infection. Two days later, the government restricted movement and meetings in a bid to contain the disease. The move was critical to preventing rapid community spread of the virus. However, the decision also threw the work of governance advocates into disarray. Read more.

Budget Publications

June 11, 2020 – What the Supplementary Budget Says About Kenya’s Covid-19 Response
This analysis is focused on key sectors and programs in the fight against COVID-19 as the supplementary budget was prepared with the goal of freeing up resources to address the pandemic. Read more.

Joint Work

July 2020 – Synthesized Report of the Second Budget Practitioners’ Reflection and Learning Seminar 2019: A Focus on the Budget Implementation Stage 
This report summarizes the proceedings of the Oct. 2019 Second Budget Practitioners Seminar (PS), whose focus was on the budget implementation at the county government level. Read more.

Joint memorandum on budget estimates for 2020-21
This submission was prepared by a collective of 114 individuals working with 74 organizations, drawn mostly from civil society organizations and the private sector, for consideration in the debate and approval of the 2020/21 estimates of revenue and expenditure for the national government. Read more.