International Conference on Devolution in Kenya (12-13 June)

Save the dates 12th and 13th June 2018, you don’t want to miss the conference on Devolution in Kenya.

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Conference rationale and objectives
A few reports and papers have been written on devolution since 2013. These preliminary publications testify to the desire to build a broader knowledge of devolution, capable of offering rich insights to its concrete implementation and consequences on the ground. What will be at stake is questioning, with an empirical dimension, the administrative reformulation of the interface and the relationship between the State, its political elites and its citizens. Many questions need to be addressed: to what extent devolution is the cornerstone of local development, resources sharing and power redistribution? How is local development taking place on the ground?

What are the new gains and losses within this new system? Has corruption been devolved? Are the local elites elected in the new devolved positions really “new”? Does devolution change or reinforces the traditional clientelist networking? To what extent does it affect the shaping of ethnic identity at the grassroots, the making of (land, social, economic, political) claims on the ground? How does it transform the political imaginaries and the relationship of the citizens to their local elite and to the State?

This conference aims to go beyond this concrete presentation of who & what makes devolution in Kenya, to address deeper societal and academic issues and to engage through a debate on the models of devolution and the political and social impacts of devolved systems of governance. The political and historical background of devolution, the impact of devolution on corruption and patronage networks goes beyond Kenya since it engages with a broader analysis of the relationship between citizens, local elites and the State.

The conference will be held Tuesday 12 – Wednesday 13 at IFRA-Nairobi, Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa.

Find the full details about the program on this link:Program_Conference-12-13_Portraying-Devolution3

The conference is open to the public on registration.

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