Devolution and Intergovernmental Relations

Policy and Research

Functions of the division entail:

  • Coordination of development and implementation of Policies, laws and regulations to support implementation of devolution.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of devolution
  • Facilitating function analysis, unbundling, costing and transfer of functions between the two levels of government.
  • Developing and Managing a framework  for the performance of concurrent functions
  • Developing, and managing of systems and processes  on intervention in county management

Intergovernmental Relations

Functions of the division entail:

  • Facilitating the work of the Summit
  • Coordinating and strengthening relations between institutions implementing the devolved system of government
  • Establishing and managing intergovernmental relation structures
  • Developing and managing a framework for agreements between national and county governments  on matters of mutual interest;
  • Strengthening bilateral consultation and joint intervention mechanisms between the national government and individual county governments
  • Establishing and managing of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms

The department works under the following forums to execute its functions;-

1. Intergovernmental Consultative Sectoral Forum

Section 13 (2) of the Intergovernmental relations Act 2012 empowers Cabinet Secretary to constitute intergovernmental consultative fora on sectoral issues of common interest to the national and county governments. The following fora have so far been established and operationalized.

  • Industry, Trade and Cooperatives
  • Information Communication and Technology
  • Devolution and Planning
  • Sports, Culture and the Arts
  • Education
  • Health
  • East African Community (EAC) Labour and Social Protection
  • Tourism
  • Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Water and Irrigation
  • Lands and Physical Planning
  • Energy and Petroleum
  • Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries
  • Mining
  • Public Service and Youth Affairs
  • Gender Affairs
  • The National Treasury

2. National and County Government Coordinating Summit

The National and County Government Co-ordinating Summit is the apex body for intergovernmental relations. It is composed of the President who is the chair or in his absence the Deputy President, and governors of the forty-seven counties. The chairperson of the Council of the Council of governors is the vice chairperson of the Summit. It provides a forum for consultation and co-operation between the national and county governments.

3. Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council (IBEC)

The Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council comprise of the Deputy President who is the Chairperson, the Cabinet Secretary National Treasury, a representative of the Parliamentary Service Commission, a representative of the Judicial Service Commission, the Chairperson of the Commission on Revenue Allocation, the Chairperson of the Council of County Governors, every County Executive Committee member for finance, the Cabinet Secretary for intergovernmental relations. The purpose of the Council is to provide a forum for consultation and cooperation between the national government and   county governments on the contents of the Budget Policy Statement, the Budget Review and Outlook Paper and the Medium-Term Debt Management Strategy. 2) Nothing in this section may be construed as precluding a Cabinet Secretary from convening consultative fora on sectoral issues of common interest to the national and county governments


4. Council of County Governors (COG)

The Council of County Governors (COG) is a non-partisan organization established under Section 19 of the Intergovernmental Relations Act (IGRA 2012). The Council of Governors comprises of the Governors of the forty-seven Counties. main functions are the promotion of visionary leadership; sharing of best practices and; offer a collective voice on policy issues; promote inter – county consultations; encourage and initiate information sharing on the performance of County Governments with regard to the execution of their functions; collective consultation on matters of interest to County Governments
COG provides a mechanism for consultation amongst County Governments, share information on performance of the counties in execution of their functions, facilitate capacity building for Governors, and consider reports from other intergovernmental forums on national and county interests amongst other functions (Section 20)

5. Intergovernmental Relations Technical Committee (IGRTC)

The Intergovernmental Relations Technical Committee (IGTRC) is a body formed by an act of parliament to establish a framework for consultation and co-operation between the National and County Governments and amongst county governments. This is the body that was further mandated to take over the residual functions of the Transition Authority as envisaged under section 12 (b) of the IGRTC Act. The core functions of the IGRTCC are outlined in Section 12 of the Intergovernmental Relations Act 2012 (IGRA) as follows:

  1. The Committee is responsible for the day to day administration of the Summit and Council of Governors (CoG) by facilitating the activities of the Summit and Council of Governors and implementing their decisions.
  2. Convening a meeting of the forty seven County Secretaries within 30 days preceding every Summit meeting.
  3. Any other function as may be conferred on it by the Summit, the Council, the Intergovernmental Relations Act or any other legislation.

Capacity Building and Technical Assistance

Functions of the division entail:

  • Assessing and reporting on the performance of county governments and  support requirements
  • Collecting information of county performance and on best practices in resolving performance problems
  • Assisting county governments identify performance problems and potential solutions
  • Preparing recovery plans to build the capacity of the county governments where the county is unable to or has difficulty in performing its functions,
  • Providing fiscal support to the county governments in collaboration and consultation with the National Treasury
  • Developing, establishing and supporting national frameworks strategies that promote effective Public participation and informed citizenry
  • Developing, and supporting knowledge sharing platforms
  • Developing and managing  capacity building Frameworks , Guidelines  and Service delivery Tools
Last Update: November 12, 2021
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