The Rapid Assessment covers the availability of transparency and accountability measures adopted in three key areas on: institutions and policy frameworks; tracking COVID-19 resources; and service delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic in 12 counties.
The total funds that were available from 13th March to 31st July 2020 to the County Governments for COVID-19 interventions amounted to Kshs. 13.1 Billion.
The total expenditure by County Governments during the period was Kshs. 3.43 Billion and translates to an absorption rate of 33.2%.
Counties that reported the highest expenditure were Nakuru at Kshs. 311.97 million, Wajir at Kshs. 255.33 million and Kiambu at Kshs. 245.94 million.
Seven counties, namely Bomet, Embu, Kirinyaga, Lamu, Mandera, Marsabit and Nairobi City, did not report any expenditures towards COVID-19 interventions. Mombasa County had not provided a report on the utilisation of COVID-19 Funds by the time of finalising the report.
As part of an ongoing programme to assist journalists through learning opportunities and investigative grants and mentorship, the A4T conducted an online survey in order to understand the effects of COVID-19 on investigative journalism and corruption reporting in Kenya.…