Media Release: CRA Policy to Tackle Marginalization to Ensure That No Kenyan Is Left Behind

FRIDAY 22ND JUNE 2018: The Commission on Revenue Allocation has today launched the second policy that identifies marginalized areas and also provides a criteria for sharing revenue from the Equalization Fund. The policy identifies 1424 sub-locations, spread across 366 wards, in 34 counties in Kenya as being the most marginalized.

The policy aims to improve access to basic services for about 5.6 million people. In addition, the policy identifies the Waata, Makonde, Elmolo and Dorobo–Saletia as minority groups (a people with small population, unique culture and traditional lifestyles) as deserving specific projects targeted at them to improve their socio-economic conditions.

Speaking at the launch Dr. Jane Kiringai stated that, “The Commission is mandated by the Constitution to develop a policy that sets out the criteria by which marginalized areas are identified for purposes of sharing revenues from the Equalization Fund.” The Equalization Fund, consists of 0.5% of all revenue collected by national government each year being paid in to. The Fund is to provide basic services that include water, roads, health facilities and electricity to marginalised areas in order to bring them to the level generally enjoyed by the rest of the nation as far much as possible.

In developing the second policy to identify marginalized areas the Commission used indicators on access to safe drinking water, use of improved sanitation, use of electricity, net primary school 2 attendance rates and net secondary school attendance rates to identify marginalized areas. Further, extensive stakeholder consultations were held with all 47 county governments.

The Commission has identified sub-locations as the unit for identifying marginalised areas. A sub-location is the smallest administrative unit for which official KNBS data is available. The bulk of the funding amounting to 76% will continue to benefit areas identified as marginalised in the first policy. Using a sub-location will ensure that pockets of marginalized areas within relatively well to do counties are identified for intervention. This approach is expected to ensure that resources meant to improve services in lagging areas are properly targeted for the realization of maximum impact the policy states.

The launch was also attended by Sen. Mutula Kilonzo Jnr., Hon. Joseph Kirui Limo, chairperson, Finance and Planning Committee of the National Assembly and Hon. Francis Ole Kaparo, chairperson National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC). Some of the field experiences the Commission encountered while developing the 2nd Policy include, the fact that that there are still mothers who deliver in the bush, because hospitals are located far away from their homesteads, and also because there are no roads or means of transport to reach them.

The Commission also noted that communities in marginalized areas are particularly vulnerable to inadequate water as demonstrated by instances where boreholes have been sunk but found to contain saline water. Moreover, the chairperson also noted that due to poor roads, farm produce cannot get to markets, and as a result farmers continue to wallow in abject poverty.

In relation to education the Commission noted that in some areas children wake up at three am to start the journey to school only to get there by nine. Further, in many areas schools are few and far apart and have poor infrastructure, lack boarding facilities where they are needed and teachers are inadequate. In view of the above, it is the vision of the Commission that with implementation of improvement measures highlighted in the second policy, access to basic services for marginalized communities will be improved and that no Kenyan will be left behind. ENDS

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