The Capacity Assessment exercise was planned, organized and conducted under the DFID-funded Kuza project, implemented by Adam Smith International and the County government of Mombasa. The International Institute for Legislative Affairs were the project consultants. The assessment was conducted in May and April 2015.
The purpose of the assessment was to determine capacity of Mombasa County to develop policies. The Assessment focused on the line Departments in Mombasa County, the Policy and Research Directorate and the Secretariat established to coordinate the development of policies in Mombasa County.
In assessing the capacity, the exercise was based on four key pillars i.e. human capacity, organizational capacity, budgets and the policy environment. The four pillars were identified as key to ensuring the County is able to develop sound and timely policies that are responsive to the people of Mombasa. The exercise sought to determine the ability to develop, leadership, coordination and monitoring and evaluation of policies.
The findings from the assessment were to form basis for designing a capacity development process starting with a scheduled training which was to be preceded by this assessment.
The key finding of the assessment was that there now no human capacity to engage in policy process. However, there was basic organizational capacity as well as the enabling environment. Consequently, the report recommends that the county executive development a capacity building programs to enhance the human capacity as well as undertake various structural changes to the policy development and coordination system.