Benchmarking plays a crucial role in Kenya

Hassan Joho

Nairobi Woman Rep Esther Passaris (right) when she paid a courtesy call on Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho (centre) at his office on February 3, 2021. To the left is Mombasa Woman Rep Asha Hussein. Ms Passaris was part of a delegation of 40 leaders from Nairobi County who were benchmarking the National Government Affirmative Action Fund (Ngaaf) project and programmes in Mombasa County.

Photo credit: Wachira Mwangi | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • Foremost, benchmarking is an essential part of making and implementing policy.
  • When followed through to the end, it has a measurably high impact on citizens.

Benchmarking is an infamous Kenyan process and conversation, usually associated with globe-trotting politicians and skyrocketing costs to the taxpayer. Kenyans mostly hear about it when there has been a scandal, yet there are several far more constructive conversations that we should be having. 


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