7 December 2012

Kenya: AfDB Wants Donor Funded Projects Prioritised

Nairobi — The African Development Bank (ADB) has called on the government through various ministries to ensure quick and timely implementation of various projects in the country which have already been funded, especially by the donor community.

The bank's East Africa Regional Director Gabriel Negatu said delay in implementation of these projects may delay Kenyans achieving and enjoying the benefits of vision 2030.

Some of the challenges facing the projects include lengthy procurement processes, delay in release of funds and lack of full clarification about the projects.

"It's important that we move very quickly towards implementing these programmes once we have signed these many financial agreements. In the past, countries have had delays for various reasons and Kenya is not an exception," Negatu said.

According to a report released by the Transparency International in June this year, some of the major hindrances for timely implementation of various government programmes include poor planning, corruption, delays in payment, lack of proper payment procedures and Information Communication Technology in the procurement processes.

Negatu argues that international donors should also keep track of the projects to also ensure transparency by demanding regular audits during and finalisation of the projects.

"Sometimes our own processes can be lengthy. So we should make sure that they are friendly, easy to understand in that the implementing partners should fully know what is expected of them. This will enable us to reduce the time it takes, to procure, disburse the funds and finish the project," Negatu added.

He was speaking during the signing of a Sh77 million grant to support the 'Scaling up of integrated rainwater harvesting and management in semi-arid districts of Kenya'.

The project to be implemented by the Kenya Rainwater Association will include construction of communal earth dams and school roof catchments tanks, school sanitary facilities, farm ponds, tree and vegetable nurseries among others.

The project which is expected to kick off in January is expected to benefit 15,000 pastoral and agro-pastoral communities with close 3,000 schools.

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