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Kenya EPP

Building Capacity at the Local Government Level for Evidence-based Policy Planning

The Evidence-based Policy Planning (EPP) project in Kenya, conducted from November 2020 to April 2021, was designed to facilitate evidence-based policy planning with a focus on addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in arid and semi-arid land (ASAL) counties. The project aimed to overcome the challenge of the lack of evidence-based policy development tools and capacity at the sub-national level in developing countries. It involved implementing a program to provide dynamic policy simulation and analysis tools for county governments in Kenya. These tools were intended to help design the most effective and cost-efficient policies to meet local objectives, especially in the counties of Isiolo and Marsabit​​​​.

Key Policies and Reccomendations

  1. Enhance Policy Simulation Tools: Develop and implement dynamic policy simulation models to enable county governments in Kenya to design effective policies efficiently, particularly in agriculture, livestock, fishery, and forestry sectors.

  2. Build Capacities for Evidence-based Policymaking: Strengthen the capacity of county policymakers and planners to employ evidence-based approaches. This includes training them to question different policy trajectories, prioritize effectively, and explore multiple policy solutions to find optimal decisions.

  3. Integrate Policy Stakeholders: Ensure that policy tools and models are developed in a transparent and participatory manner, involving all stakeholders to bridge gaps among groups with competing interests and priorities.

  4. Focus on Sustainable Development Goals: Deliver concrete policy advice on key SDG goals to contribute significantly to achieving these targets. This requires tailoring strategies to the specific contexts and challenges of the ASAL counties.

  5. Develop Knowledge Products for Policy Support: Create and disseminate knowledge products to aid county policymakers and their development partners in designing transformative development policies that address local and national goals​

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