Good governance is the recipe for positive development for any nation. However, there has to be check and balances that ensures actualization and realization of set goals. The Kenya constitution dispensation for participation has promoted horizontal communication whereby common man has been given a voice. With this new development new responsibility and opportunity to inform social change for posterity’s sakes is more realistic than ever. Professionals from various fields and society in general have a role to play toward a more fair and equal societies, gone are the days when everything revolved around the central government. Active citizen involvement on government matters helps inform critical amendments and implementation of laws.
The awesome task of lifting a nation by its bootstraps may deliberate on the merits of a more authoritarian government that can cut through indifference, sloth and indecision. They merely indulge in wishful thinking, however, for our history and accumulated values have already set our political course for us. There is no other recourse for a democratic government that sincerely wants development except to inform and motivate citizenry, and thereby mobilize the popular commitment that it must have.
ILA’s focus on Governance seeks to facilitate the development of comprehensive policies and legislation that will facilitate effective and responsive institutions that are anchored on appropriate legal and legislative frameworks. The interventions are designed to achieve better shared understanding among key stakeholders of the relationship between good governance as a key ingredient in tackling inequality and poverty.
The goal of this thematic area is to achieve effective and critical institutions of Governance in the public and private sectors. The engagement entails:
- Targeting the institutional capacity of the legislature in planning, allocation and management of resources
- Reinforcing constitutional checks and balances by providing technical support to the legislature
- Facilitating actors in the legislative process to make the process more efficient, effective and participatory
- Supporting reform programmes being undertaken in close consultation with other relevant stakeholders and agencies.
The objectives are:
- To strengthen the representative, oversight and legislative role of parliament
- To develop policies and practices that espouse integrity in key public sector institutions
- To support the promotion of a culture that requires the primacy of the rule of law, maintained through an impartial and effective legal system
- To foster a high degree of transparency and accountability in the legislative processes
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