On June 26 2014, a workshop was held on devolution and local development at the Nairobi Safari Club in Nairobi, Kenya, to discuss the historic devolution reforms one year after their implementation. The workshop was organised by Agnes Cornell, Aarhus University, and Michelle D’Arcy, Trinity College Dublin, with funding from the Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy and in partnership with the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Nairobi.
The workshop was attended by 58 participants from a wide range of backgrounds: civil society; academia; county administration and assemblies; and the donor community.
The objective of the workshop was to provide an opportunity for academics, politicians and policy practitioners to reflect on the progress made and the challenges that remain in terms of devolution in Kenya. This publication contains the papers presented at the workshop, which were grouped around a number of key themes:
- devolution one year on;
- devolution and governance;
- devolution and development;
- devolution from theory to practise.
Together these papers provide a unique insight into the experiences of devolution from both those working within and alongside the devolved institutions.