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Kenya launches registry to promote transparency in social protection programmes

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Ministry of East African Community, Labour and Social Protection Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie says a single registry will include enhanced data security and capacity building of government officers for sustainability.

The government is today launching a single registry that will promote transparency in the delivery of social protection programmes in the country. The development of the new registry is meant to boost allocation of resources and make sure only rightful beneficiaries access the kitty.

Ministry of East African Community, Labour and Social Protection Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie said the government’s implementation of a number of social programmes is a sign of commitment to improving the welfare of Kenyans.

The State has also provided a toll free line 1533 – that is now operational to assist is lodging complaints. The single registry provides a central database containing information on programmes such as National Safety Net Programme dubbed Inua jamii which hosts four government cash transfers. It will include enhanced data security and capacity building of government officers for sustainability.

The registry holds information on Cash Transfer for Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Older Persons Cash Transfer Programme, Persons with Severe Disabilities Cash Transfer and Hunger Safety Net Programme. A World Food Programme Cash Assets Programme under implementation in Kitui, Makueni, Taita-Taveta and Kilifi is also linked to the single registry.

She noted that evaluations done locally show that social protection programmes have improved the welfare of households and their purchasing power. “There is evidence of reduction in poverty levels among the beneficiary households, increase in food expenditure and dietary expenditure,” she said.  “Nutritional status of the children improves and there is reduction in frequent illness among children and other family members.”

CS Kandie said the government has for the last four years increased funding for the cash transfers from Ksh7.9 billion to Ksh21.2 billion – cumulatively totaling to Ksh80.5 billion.

This has increased beneficiary households. “By June 30, 2016, 822,408 households were benefiting from the cash transfers. To promote increased accountability and efficiency in the running of cash transfers, the government has established a system to enable beneficiaries and citizens appeal against decisions, lodge complains and provide general feedback to programmes implementers,” she said.

Principal Secretary in the State Department for Social Protection Susan Mochache said the single registry is linked to the Integrated Population Registration Services, promoting  a common platform for implementers to cross-check data on beneficiaries.  “The single registry will further be a source of accurate, reliable and timely data on the societal protection status in the country,” she said.

She observed that this will form a strong basis for evidence based policy formulation, planning and decision-making, adding that the facility will help deliver on the Government’s long-term goal of improving the livelihoods of the poor and vulnerable members in the country.

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