Did Kenya's Health Budget Really Go Down?
Did Kenya's Health Budget Really Go Down?

Authors:

Zilper C. Audi, Otiato Guguyu, Oscar Okoth, Kwame Owino

Organisation and country:

Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), Kenya

Description:

Every year, the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA-Kenya) analyzes the national budget and produces a Citizen Budget Guide. This is because the Budget statement is a technical document that many citizens do not understand, hence the need to produce a simplified guide. This infographic was published to deepen public understanding of budget allocation in the health sector, since there was a gap in terms of citizen understanding of budget allocation and informative media reportage of the same in Kenya, after the country adopted the devolved system of governance, a radical departure from the past.

Health is the most important and expensive social sector that was devolved in Kenya’s new government structure. This will be critical to help the government tackle disease burden at the grassroots, and is expected to boost efficiency and accountability and a consequence of failure would have a big impact on people’s lives. It is therefore important that the citizens are adequately informed on the budget allocations and functions of the different levels of government.

This document will be disseminated to the civil society organizations, the media, researchers, policy makers, as well as other policy audiences through social media sites and email. The Kenya Budget Series infographics that will be published by the IEA-Kenya, are expected to contribute to budget literacy, which is key in enabling public participation in budget tracking, transparency and accountability, that are important ingredients of good governance and a free society.

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