About the Committee

The purpose of the Committee is guided by the Commission understanding that the ability of both national and county governments to perform functions allocated to them by the Fourth Schedule of the Constitution depends on: effective coordination of the roles of the two levels of government based on the principles of distinction, independence, mutuality, corporation, mutual respect, complementarity   and   subsidiarity;   Effective   stakeholder   participation or democratic involvement of all the relevant actors in the activities at both levels of government through mutual consultation, corporation, collaboration and dialogue; and effective promotion of equitable social development among the peoples of Kenya through deliberate efforts aimed at de-marginalization of social groups, regions and counties that have and continue to suffer different forms of exclusion.

Specifically,  the   Committee  will   consider  the   technical   matters  of   the Commission relating to:
1. Determination and review of a policy in which the Commission sets out the criteria by which to identify the marginalized areas for purposes of the Equalization Fund.
2. Consultations on any Bill that appropriates money out of the Equalisation Fund.
3. Inter-governmental    relations between    the    National    and    County governments as provided for in the constitution and other subsidiary laws governing the process, state and reality of devolution as a framework for equitable social development and national cohesion.
4. Strategic  co-ordination    of important stakeholders’    activities    with National Government, Parliament, civil society, donor community as well as  other  non-  governmental  actors whose  work or  mandates have  a significant bearing and impact on devolution.
5. Equitable sharing of transfers that are designed to re-distribute resources and to promote equalization across counties and de-marginalization of hitherto neglected sections of and social groups/regions in the Kenyan society.
6. Research and policy underpinning criteria for the sharing of revenues from the Equalisation Fund done by the Commission. 
7. Provision of  general  direction and  guidance in  the  operation of  the Stakeholder Management & Marginalization Committee.

The SMMC shall undertake the following:
1. At regular intervals, the Committee shall determination, publish and review a policy in which the Commission sets out the criteria by which to identify the marginalized areas for purposes of the Equalization Fund.
2. Annually consider and make recommendations to parliament on the Bill appropriating money out of the Equalisation Fund.
3. Provide   inputs   to   technical   research   papers   and   presentations developed/commissioned by the Stakeholder Management & Marginalization Committee.
4. Map out key stakeholders with a view to determining the comparative mandates and capacities in order to match them with the operational needs and institutional responsibilities of CRA as an independent constitutional commission with a mandate to promote equitable sharing of national resources;
5. Explore, establish and maintain institutional and statutory framework, practices and modalities of sound intergovernmental relations and effective stakeholder cooperation on the basis of which to coordinate a working relationship (between the stakeholders) in favour of the successful execution of CRA’s mandate;
6. Strengthen and render more effective the democratic efficiency of all the intergovernmental platforms and stakeholder participatory mechanisms;

The Stakeholder Management & Marginalization Committee is composed of six Commissioners (Appendix 1) and functionally reports to the full Commission on all matters considered from time to time. The Chief Executive Office of the Commission and the Director, Economic Affairs shall attend the Committee meetings. The Director Economic Affairs shall be the Secretary of Committee. The Committee will nonetheless, from time to time, coopt other commissioners into its membership depending on the contribution that he or she may make towards the execution of its mandate.

Upcoming Activities


Ongoing Activities


Past Activities


Commission Visit to Mandera County

The Commission received a three-day invitation to visit Mandera county and see some of the flagship projects done by the Mandera county government right from the inception of devolution. Between 12th to 15th October 2021, the Commission led by the Commission Chairperson Dr Jane Kiringai, accompanied by three Commissioners namely Prof. Edward Oyugi, Dr Irene Asienga and Ms Fouzia Abdirkadir with four other staff visited Mandera county. Mandera County Government Projects Mandera Hospital The Mandera hospital was constructed and has been operational since 2018. I t has the following facilities among others: Four bed High Dependent Unit Six bed Intensive ...
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Analysis of PFM Regulations on Equalization Fund

The Commission is mandated under Article 216(4) to determine, publish and regularly review a policy setting out the criteria to identify marginalized areas for purposes of Article 204(2). In view of this mandate, the following are issues noted upon review of the Public Finance Management (Equalization Fund Administration) Regulations, 2021: No. Clause Recommendation Justification for Change 1. Regulation 2 Interpretation In the definition of the phrase “eligible county” add the word “Revenue” to Commission on Revenue…. Cite the proper name of the Commission on Revenue Allocation To correct an editorial error In the definition of the phrase “unutilized balance” Add ...
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CRA Visit to Marginalized Areas in Tana River County

Tana River County takes its name from River Tana which is the longest river in Kenya. It is a county in the former Coast Province, Kenya with a population of 315,943 according to the 2019 census and an area of 35,375.8 square kilometres (13,658.7 sq. mi). The administrative headquarter of the county is Hola. The County has three sub-counties; Bura, Galole and Garsen. Tana River is one of the 14 counties listed as marginalised in the First Policy highlighting marginalised areas in Kenya. In the second policy, which identified areas as opposed to counties, Tana River has 65 areas identified ...
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SECOND POLICY AND CRITERIA FOR SHARING REVENUE AMONG MARGINALISED AREAS Background The Constitution mandates the Commission to determine, publish and regularly review a policy in which it sets out the criteria by which to identify the marginalised areas for purposes of the Equalisation Fund. The first such policy was published in 2013 and applied subsequently. Factors that have Contributed to Marginalisation Two key factors contributed to marginalisation: colonial policies and practices, and inadequate post colonial corrective redistributive policies. These factors limited access to services by some ccommunities /areas. In effect, marginalisation in Kenya is largely matter of exclusion from participation ...
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Call for Abstracts on Marginalization

Call for Abstracts on Marginalization  The Commission is mandated by Article 216(4) of the Constitution to determine, publish and regularly review a policy in which it sets out the criteria by which to identify marginalized areas in the country for purpose of the equalization fund. The Fund, as per Article 204(2) is to be used to provide basic services to the marginalized areas to the extent necessary to bring the quality of those services to the level generally enjoyed by the rest of the nation. In the process of developing the second policy, CRA engaged in extensive stakeholder engagements, data analysis and county visits that revealed ...
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