Baringo among 21 Counties to benefit from 3.8 billion world Bank conditional grants.
Baringo County has for the second year running benefited from World Bankperformance-based development grants under the Kenya Devolution Support Programme (KDSP) which supports capacity building at County level in five key result areas (KRAs) due to its prudence in financial management as stipulated in the PFM Act 2012.
The five key Result areas under scrutiny include public financial management, planning, monitoring and evaluation, human resource and performance management, devolution and inter-governmental relations and civic education and public participation.
The programme which rewards Counties for its financial prudence takes into consideration how Counties have been able to provide access to information through timely publishing of financial reports including Annual Development Plans, County Integrated Development Plan, and County Budget Review Outlook Paper. This is also in addition to a County obtaining a favourable audit outcome and its adherence to public participation in the budget making process.
The Kenya Devolution Support Programme is 200 million USD a four year program financed by World Bank to support capacity building and technical assistance at County level.
In the 2017/2018 financial year, Baringo County received 173 million from KDSP which has been invested in the development of a surgical bloc at Baringo County Referral Hospital. Once completed, the surgical unit will greatly ease congestion which is experienced in the general wards.
‘’The County is yet to decide on the 138 million development grants it got from the programme in the 2018/2019 financial year but it will ultimately go to a project that will transform the livelihoods of the residents of this great County’’ said finance County Executive Dr.David Sergon.
He added that as a department that they will continue to demonstrate strict adherence to prudent financial management and maintain the highest standards of accountability and transparency in their undertakings.
Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich, in a Gazette notice, announced the allocation of the conditional grants to the eligible county governments under the KDSP programme.
Despite the counties having been ranked based on prudent use of funds, the allocations considered other factors like poverty index, population and hardship areas.