Guest blog from William Spearing, student intern with National Taxpayers Association
On April 13-15, the National Taxpayer’s Association (NTA), Integrity Action’s partner in Kenya, held a three day training on Community Integrity Building (CIB), in Nairobi, for NTA staff. Also in attendance were representatives from Transparency International, Kenyan National Council of Churches, and Institute for Economic Governance.
The purpose of the training was to introduce CIB to NTA staff who were unfamiliar with the approach, as well as to representatives from organisations active in the field of accountability in Kenya, whilst also providing a recap for staff who have been implementing CIB in Kenya.
Those in attendance learnt about how CIB is used to understand community’s needs and service delivery problems, as well as to support citizens and local government to make integrity work. Participants discovered how CIB encourages citizens and local government to work in collaboration with each other to formulate and implement practical solutions. The training was also an opportunity for NTA staff also shared their experience of implementing CIB in Kenya over the last year.
Participants received training on DevelopmentCheck, Integrity Action’s online data collection and reporting platform, available as a website or app, which enables citizens to provide feedback on the effectiveness of development projects. DevelopmentCheck training included a visit to a maternity wing at a local health dispensary project in the Embakasi district of Nairobi. Participants tested using the DevelopmentCheck app to record their findings with the project’s effectiveness, take photos of the project, measure public satisfaction with the project and interview key stakeholders.
NTA staff will use what they have learnt during the training to execute CIB, in cooperation with Integrity Action, in Kenya this year. In addition, they will use their experience from last year to help them empower citizens and engage with stakeholders in government to bring about change which will improve services for citizens in Kenya.