Strathmore University’s Director of Research Centre @iLabAfrica Dr Joseph Sevila award certificates at the University Campus in Nairobi.
Key county finance and revenue management officers recently met for a specialised revenue enhancement training at the Strathmore University.
This was part of a new public sector finance training programme by the University geared at helping the devolved units accelerate revenue growth. The workshop which was held late last month further targeted to boost the level of strategic policy innovations around own source revenue (OSR) generation. This was aimed at reducing reliance on grants and allocations from the central government.
Strathmore said the specialised training was relevant to all counties “regardless of the stage or level in automation.” The training was also in alignment to the Commission for Revenue Allocation (CRA’s) policy on improvement of human resource capacity. This encourages the development of strong and innovative fiscal strategies in counties to increase revenue,” the university said in a letter addressed to county Governors.
“What results to revenue growth in county governments is specialised revenue enhancement. Strathmore is scaling up training in this knowledge area to benefit more counties,” said Dr Joseph Sevilla, Director of Strathmore University’s @iLabAfrica Research Centre.
Strathmore University has worked with a number of counties in the area of automation and training on revenue enhancement. They include Busia, Kwale, Turkana, Kisii, Laikipia, Kiambu and Tharaka Nithi counties.
In Kiambu County- which runs Strathmore’s CountyPro system for revenue automation, local inflows have grown tremendously with the Governor and county receiving multiple awards for two years running. In 2015, for instance, local revenue in Kiambu County grew by 60 per cent to account for nearly seven percent of the KSh33.74 billion in revenue collected by the 47 counties.
“According to the constitution of Kenya 2010 Own Source Revenue by counties includes taxes on property, entertainment, charges for services rendered and any other tax authorised by an Act of Parliament,” says Tirus Wanyoike, who heads the Specialised Revenue Enhancement Programme.
Innovation and specialised enhancements around OSR is what can present the magic bullet for counties in realising self-sufficiency.