In the Coast of Kenya, KECOSCE and Catholic Peace and Justice Commission (CJPC-Malindi) working within the governance cluster of the network. Both organizations implement one project whose primary goal of is to promote checks and balances on the county Government in Mombasa, Kilifi, Tana River, and Lamu counties. This is accomplished through two main objectives namely;
1. To enhance public participation in County government governance
2. Promote integration of accountability mechanisms in county government service delivery
This project supports the involvement of local civil society in the implementation of the rights enshrined in the 2010 Constitution, in particular of Chapter 11 and 12. It is aligned to the overall KPN objectives and priorities as it focuses directly on developing public participation and increasing transparency and accountability relative to the implementation of policies devolved to the county level. It will also implement monitoring of the efficiency and effectiveness of public funds managed by county authorities and ensure that this information is publicly available.
The project aims at building on past experience and lessons learnt in 2013 and strengthening the voice of the marginalized community members specifically women, youth and people with disabilities to effectively engage and participate in the governance of the devolved governments. This will be achieved through capacity building workshops, civic education sensitization and dialogue forums, Promotion of participatory budgeting and budget analysis, formation of citizens forums that regularly engage, influence, lobby and advocate for increased voice through citizen participation in decision making processes as well as expenditure monitoring and tracking to combat incidences of corruption and malpractices by county officials. The cluster members organize joint activities targeting the communities and internal cluster meetings for reflection and capacity building. The cluster members further participate and support KPN planned activities and advocacy as well as contribute to the increased visibility of the KPN network.