The Ministry provides leadership in designing suitable plans, policies and strategies that will contribute to maintaining sustainable growth, poverty reduction, equity and inclusiveness, and raising the country’s global competitiveness.
The National Treasury is responsible for managing Kenya’s National and County Levels of Government Finances while the Ministry of Planning provides leadership in designing suitable plans, policies and strategies that will contribute to maintaining sustainable growth, poverty reduction, equity and inclusiveness, and raising the country’s global competitiveness. The two work hand-in-hand in the process of linking plans, policies and strategies to budgets in both levels of government.
The Ministry plays a coordinating role and all MDAs plans, policies and strategies have to adhere to the national and devolved level integrated development planning frameworks. The Ministry is the custodian of Kenya’s long term development strategy, the Kenya Vision 2030, and as such, ensures that MDA budgets, plans and policies are aligned to the Vision. The Ministry further monitors and evaluates the implementation of projects and programmes at both levels of government through the Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate. To support M&E, the National Integrated Monitoring and Evaluation System (NIMES) and the County Integrated Monitoring and Evaluation Systems (CIMES) have been operationalized. Through this, national, sectoral and county level indicators will be developed to ensure compliance with reporting standards and formats.
As enshrined in the constitution of Kenya, articles 232 (d), the Ministry involves the public in the preparation of all her plans and policies. During the preparation of the Kenya Vision 2030 and its subsequent Medium Term Plans (MTPs), the Ministry has held forums in all the 47 counties, drawing participants from all population cohorts and from other groupings. Once the plans and policies are finalized, the Ministry disseminates them to the public, electronically and through forums.
The Ministry has been producing 5-year development plans, which have been the basis of planning and implementation of development programmes in Kenya. To date twelve (12) development plans have since been prepared on a five year basis. In 2003, the government prepared the Economic Recovery Strategy for Wealth and Employment Creation. Thereafter, in 2008, the Kenya Vision 2030 was launched as the nation’s long-term development blueprint, to be implemented in 5-year successive Medium-term Plans.
The First Medium Term Plan covered the period 2008-2012 while the Second Medium Term Plan covered the period 2013-2017. The Third Medium Term Plan (MTP III) will cover the period 2018-2022. MTP III is being developed at a time when the national planning process is gearing towards the ‘Big Four’. The State Department has holistically integrated the national development agenda and thought process into this medium-term plan.
The economy recorded growth rates of 5.9 percent in 2013, 5.4 percent in 2014, 5.7 percent in 2015 and 5.8 percent in 2016, all of which were lower than projected. The sectors with improved performance were; agriculture, forestry and fishing (4.8 per cent), mining and quarrying (6.9 per cent), transport and storage (8.4 per cent), electricity and water supply (8.5 per cent), wholesale and retail trade (7.3 per cent), accommodation and restaurant (12.1 per cent) and information and communication (9.7 per cent). However, growth slowed in a number of sectors including; manufacturing, construction, finance and insurance and real estate.
National Treasury Building, Harambee Avenue, opposite Jogoo House
The last census was held in 2009. The next census is planned in 2019. The ministry endeavours to address the challenge of high population by coordinating the implementation of the National Population Policy. This is envisaged to result in a well-managed population with a high quality of life thereby contributing to attainment of the Kenya Vision 2030 aspirations.
Most of the ministry’s publications can be accessed online. In the absence, please visit Treasury Building, 9th floor – Room 936.
Some of these publications include:
- The Kenya Vision 2030
- Annual Progress Reports on the Kenya Vision 2030
- Performance Expenditure Review Reports
- Medium Term Plans and respective Sector Plans
- Status reports on the Economy
- SDGs Voluntary National Reports
- Participatory Poverty Assessment Reports
- CIDP and ADP preparation guidelines
Strategic Plan Preparation Guidelines
The Ministry offers limited attachment opportunities for Economics and Statistics Students and ICT upon successful application. Some of the requirements include:
- One must be a continuing student;
- Have valid transcripts;
- Current Curriculum Vitae; and
- Introduction letter from the university.
The ministry encourages volunteerism
Currently, the Department is in the process of finalizing MTP III of the Kenya Vision 2030 and its 28 Sector Plans, and has incorporated emerging issues, new policies and strategies, including the ‘Big Four’. Going forward, the Department will continue to track implementation of MTP III through preparation of Annual Progress Reports (APRs) and conducting mid-term and end-term reviews.
The Ministry provides guidance to the counties on integrated development planning including provision of guidelines for preparation of County Integrated Development Plans (CIDPs). The guidelines have been revised to incorporate the ‘Big Four’ Agenda.
All surveys datasets done in Kenya are available online. Visit KNBS website on http://www.knbs.or.ke/