AT A GLANCE
Official Name: Republic of Kenya
Chief of State: President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga
Next election: 2012
Population: 39.8 million (UN, 2009)
Independence: 1963 from UK
Human Development Index: 147 of 182 countries (UN, 2009)
Gender Gap Index: 97 of 134 countries (World Economic Forum, 2009)
Gross National Index per capita: US$770 (World Bank, 2009)
Results for Kenyans
Status: Complete, 2009
Local Organization: Office of the Prime Minister
Canadian Experts: Russ Robinson, Ivan Blake and David Gray
Article: Advising the Prime Minister of Kenya: A Report from Nairobi by Tony Dean, appeared in Public Sector Management magazine in 2009
The subject of disputed elections in 2007, Kenya is one of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada’s most interesting, challenging places to work.
Funded by CIDA’s Deployment for Democratic Development (DDD), Canadian experts T. Russell Robinson, David Gray and Ivan Blake, in partnership with colleagues at the Africa Development Professional Group based in Nairobi, conducted an evaluation of the Results for Kenyans program. Created in 2004, Results for Kenyans seeks to embed a culture and practice of results based management across the Kenyan Public Service to improve service delivery for citizens. It was nurtured under the auspices of the Public Service Reform and Development Secretariat (PSRDS), but following the 2007 election dispute, PSRDS was merged with another secretariat responsible for performance contracting and relocated to the Office of the Prime Minister. The evaluation team found that Results for Kenyans had made significant progress in changing the orientation of the public service – most notably, in the areas of performance contracting and rapid results initiatives. Some of the more ambitious components, such as the National Performance Management Framework, will take longer than expected to catch hold.