On transparency, if this is not too much off-topic, there should be a portal detailing every single project expense for each county, with a breakdown of who the vendor is, how much they paid, project progress, project results etc. I am not aware of such a portal for Kenya yet I do not know why it has not been created yet. It is easy.
The World Bank has this: projects.worldbank.org/P152394?lang=en , e.g. who won the tender to provide IT equipment for a health project in Kenya? Have a look here: projects.worldbank.org/procurement/noticeoverview?lang=en&id=OP00045294
Financial audits from each project, procurement notices etc
This would not be hard to do (presumably linked with IFMIS) and with APIs it would also bring huge amounts of open data that can be analyzed and compared across counties.
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Asante @Muraya. Fix procurement. Foster transparency. Could it really be that simple? I believe so.
@Bomu and @Jefferson I like that you throw back the challenge to the ICT Committee to lead by example!
Any thoughts on question (c):
(c) Please give proposals on engagements you would like to see between the ICT community and the Senate ICT Committee.
This is my final contribution. It is about getting procurement right. Dealing with insider trading.
Almost 20 years ago, a Senior technologist at Parliament sought competencies at the company I coordinated training for. Being smart (a general trait of a good CIO) he had assessed our team as possessing the competencies his team required. He was ignored and over 5 years later, a company associated with an MP got the work. It was not assessed us well done.
Over the past 20 years our Transparency International rankings have not improved much.
If we persist in transparency, over the next 20 years (a generational change), Kenya will end up on the better side, top 30, Transparency International rankings 🙂
On Wed, Feb 7, 2018 at 2:47 PM, Grace Mutung’u (Bomu) via kictanet <firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>> wrote:
On top of the great suggestions for counties, Senate ICT Committee should champion use of ICTs for public participation even at Parliament. I noticed that for example, most of the time we are discussing a Bill, we are never sure of the version and Bunge does not post the same Bill/links on its site.
Going beyond participation is feedback. We contribute our input but never know whether it was of any use. Why cant committee reports be uploaded regularly? Why can’t our submissions be published so that anyone who ever wants to learn about the issue can see the issues behind the issue? Would it be possible to let the public follow the life of a Bill they have interest in online as it moves through the House?
Do committees have public communication channels? It would be nice to follow the ICT Committee on social media to learn its agenda etc. Such information would somehow trickle to radio, newspapers and other media and hopefully contribute to diversifying local content.
On public information, I notice that both Houses have a tv channel. But the channels go blank when Houses are not in session? Can Senate use the non live broadcasting time to show committee sessions or educate the public on the many aspects of the legislature?
Wishing the committee all the best,
On 7 Feb 2018 06:00, “kanini mutemi via kictanet” <firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>> wrote:
@Ephraim would you have details on how far KAM has come on this- would make for a good case study.
@Walu you are not yet late to the party. Your comments will be added to the Day 1 discussion.
FYI- The Kenya Association of Manufacturers has been helping some counties to try this (via a website etc) but there’s need to boost these efforts:
Integrate public participation into county procedures: www.capitalfm.co.ke/eblog/2015/04/02/integrate-public-participation-into-county-procedures/