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Review of Constituencies Development Fund Projects A North Rift Case Study

By

Rajab M. Barasa


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The fund was established through the Constituencies Development Fund (CDF) Act (2003) and CDF (Amendment) Act 2007. The main purpose of the fund is to ensure that a specific portion of the Annual Government Ordinary Revenue (AGOR) is devoted to the constituencies for purpose of development and in particular the fight against poverty at the constituency level. It shift planning / identification of projects to the local communities, hence a bottom-up planning approach to development. To-date, the government has spent over KSh48 billion (USD566M) under CDF programme.

Some of the key successes of CDF program are opportunities for local communities to exercise democratic right to self governance through project identification, planning, implementation and management; Increase in number and quality of physical infrastructure especially social facilities; improved productivity in farms and quality of life at the community level.

Most of the contracts in CDF are awarded to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) because of their reach. SMEs are considered to be more flexible than large enterprise when dealing with CDF. Some of the projects implemented by CDF require energy in order to function effectively.

This study conducted a review of the CDF projects in the North Region of Kenya with the aim of identifying the role that AFREPREN/FWD can play through the Capacity Building for Renewable Energy SMEs in Africa (CABURESA) Project. The study concluded the following options for AFREPREN/FWDs intervention and/or involvement in the CDF program:

  • Support SMEs involved in the CDF program.
  • Organize sensitization workshop to enlighten SMEs and CDF committees on modern efficient forms of energy which can be used to run their projects.
  • Link SMEs to manufacturers of different energy generating gadgets.
  • Conduct research on the appropriate forms of energy that can be installed for each project like windmills and small hydro in areas rich in wind and waterfalls, respectively.
  • Co-finance some of the CDF energy related projects.

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