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MEDIA RELEASE: LAUNCH OF THE INTEGRATED DEVOLUTION DATA PORTAL

From Left: CRA Dir. ICT-Mr. Joseph Kuria, EU Program Manager-Mr. John Mungai, CRA Chairperson-Dr. Jane Kiringai,  CS ICT-Mr. Joe Mucheru, KAM CEO-Ms. Phylis Wakiaga, CRA VIce Chairperson,-Mr. Humphrey Wattanga

Nairobi, 12th July 2017: The principle mandate of the Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) under Article 216, is to recommend the basis for equitable sharing of revenues raised nationally between national and county governments, and among county governments. The Commission is further mandated to make recommendations on the financing of and financial management by county governments. In formulating recommendations, the Commission is obligated to encourage fiscal responsibility, and when appropriate, define and enhance revenue sources of national and county governments.

CRA today launched “The Integrated Devolution Data Portal (TIDDP)” accessible through “http://data.crakenya.org“. This is a pioneering devolution web data portal that provides one-stop access to broad and comprehensive devolution data from multiple sources, and enables user-friendly data integration and analysis in support of decision making.

The importance of utilizing accurate and complete data to inform government planning, budgeting, performance measurement and accountability is a necessary and critical element of good governance.

Alive to the need of better organizing the vast amounts of data on devolution, and providing a central point of accessing and analyzing this data to inform and support decision-making, CRA in partnership with the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) and the European Union (EU) saw it prudent and urgent to design and develop an  interactive central online portal. A dynamic portal that is underpinned by a robust database that is integrated with varied sources of key data and information on devolution and fiscal decentralization.

This portal that has been launched today—The Integrated Devolution Data Portal (TIDDP)—is a web data portal that will serve as a central online repository and analytics platform for data and information on devolution. This first phase of the portal contains data from five pilot counties namely: Migori, Nairobi, Nyeri, Kwale and Wajir. The second phase will encompass data from the other 42 counties as well integration with national government data sources.

The information contained in the portal includes, but is not limited to national and county plans, county revenue legislation, budgets, revenues, expenditures and service delivery indicators.  The portal additionally provides access to varied datasets from which raw data can be extracted, processed, analyzed and presented in a manner that easily highlights trends, patterns and helps inform decision making. The portal is user-friendly and the information there in will be readily and easily accessible to all.

The success of devolution is dependent on key principles enshrined in the Constitution chief among them being public participation, transparency, stakeholder engagement and cooperation. The Integrated Devolution Data Portal is poised to promote and advance these key principles by providing a dynamic central online repository of data and information on fiscal aspects of devolution whilst enabling attendant analysis to inform and support decision-making.

Dr. Jane Kiringai

CHAIRPERSON

 

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