On 27th January 2021, The Youth Agenda launched the Open Contacting Monitoring Tool and an analysis of open Contracting report for Nairobi County. Through funding from UNDP-Kenya, the Youth Agenda implemented a project dubbed “Wajibika”. The project sought to promote open contracting in the administration of the Covid-19 response funds. It also focused on prudent use of public resources in compliance with Public Finance and Management Act, 2012 and Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act, 2015. This project led to the development of the Open Contracting Monitoring Toolkit, which will provide a roadmap on how to approach Open Contracting by the government and how citizens can engage in the process. The project further conducted a study on the level of Open Contracting in Nairobi county with regards to the Covid-19 response funds. The launch brought together over 60 participants drawn from both the Private and Public sector i.e. the Government, Youth serving Organizations and donors. The activity was also broadcasted live on the Youth Agenda Youtube channel, see the video below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLJuGVfTWvk .
While speaking at the launch UNDP Kenya’s Portfolio Analyst, Ms. Joan Vwamu, who was representing the UNDP Kenya Resident Representative expressed UNDP Kenya’s commitment to work with the Youth Agenda and other Civil Society Organisations to advance transparency, accountability and good governance in Kenya. The Youth Agenda board director, Ms. Mercy Nduku, thanked the UNDP Kenya for supporting the Wajibika project and called for more future opportunities to implement the wajibika project across the country. The Youth Agenda Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Kelvin Keya appreciated UNDP Kenya and the partners for making the project a success. He also noted the need to invest further in educating the youth on how best to participate in ensuring prudent use of funds as well as training the county government officials on the need for open contracting.
See below the Open Contracting Monitoring Tool and the analysis report of the level of open contracting in Nairobi County.