Public Sector Reform

What the project is about


The Transforming Kenya Programme spearheaded by the Public Service Transformation department is a national transformation programme with the mission of creating fundamental and sustainable change that meets the citizen’s needs and aspirations. Overall, the theme “Transforming Kenya” is set within the context of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and is underpinned by the need to “get it right from the beginning”. Further, the Transforming Kenya program focuses on making systemic and systematic changes and broadly embedding new management practices focused on: citizen centred outcomes across the whole Public Sector; entrenching the renewed focus on Public Service values and ethics, as well as the Bill of Rights in line with the new Constitution.

Recent milestones realised in the implementation of this programme include: (i) Implementation of results based initiatives to enhance Citizens satisfaction with Government Service Delivery; (ii) Promoting sustainable Public Sector Stakeholder Partnerships; (iii) Catalysing Synergy in Government functions and operations through participating in the on-going development of an Integrated Performance Management System; and (iv) Engendering a culture of Managing for Results engendered in all MDAs and Counties.

 Performance Contracting: The performance contracting as an accountability framework has gone through a dramatic evolution from humble beginning in the year 2004. Currently, 470 institutions which comprise of, 46 ministries /department, 178 state corporations, 175 local authorities and 71 tertiary institutions are placed on contracts. The department has cascaded training to grass root institutions to the provincial and the districts heads of departments that also included CDF managers and members of civil society to deepen the process. A total of 8200 participants were trained. The identification of targets have  moved from process, inputs and activities to clear set of Sector Performance Standards based on the international best practices and that are linked to the Kenya’s Vision 2030 Flagship projects

What we have accomplished so far


This review of the Government's public service reform program under the Public Sector Reforms  was the first conducted jointly by the Government of Kenya and the development partners since the establishment of PSR&DS in November 2004.

The objectives of the review, held from April 30 to May 4, were to assess the progress of implementation of the 'Results for Kenyans' program since inception to January 2007, identify challenges and lessons learned, and provide specific recommendations on the way forward to facilitate smooth implementation of the program and ensure the sustainability of public sector reforms.
These milestones in public sector reform have been attained through capacity building by the UNDP Regional Service Centre in Johannesburg. UNDP-Kenya is specifically recognized for managing the basket and working closely with PSR.

H.E the President Mwai Kibaki was honored by UN system in Kenya for his efforts in reforming the public sector. He received a Vision Award.


  • Enhanced programme focus and input into design and development.
  • Improved development partner relations.
  • Appropriate procedures followed on use of the Basket Funds.
  • Effective support on management of retreats/workshops and other key forums.
  • Input to a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework.
  • Input to other strategies and processes required for the programme.
  • Best Practices and Lessons Learnt identified, documented and disseminated

Donors and Total Project Budget

Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA),Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and DFID have funded this project with a total budget of USD 3,850,000.00. 

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