Doomed to fail? The trouble with special projects, funds

Former Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru addressing the media at Harambee house on June 18, 2015 on procurement investigations on the National Youth Service. Official estimates indicate that Sh791 million was lost at NYS. Special programmes and funds established by the government to support vulnerable groups have been making news but for all the wrong reasons. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Special programmes and funds established by the government to support vulnerable groups have been making news but for all the wrong reasons.
  • Created in a highly politicised environment ostensibly to support marginalised groups, the projects have become easy targets for government officials to loot.
  • The recent corruption allegations at the National Youth Service (NYS) and the Youth Enterprise Development Fund (YEDF), where millions of shillings are suspected to have been stolen, are good examples of what ails these programmes.
  • The National Ethics and Corruption Survey 2015 by the anti-graft agency ranked Uwezo, Youth, Women and Elderly funds at position 10 out of 34 where bribes were demanded for services.
  • According to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), about two per cent of the respondents interviewed mentioned affirmative action funds as among the top services where bribes were required before one could be served.

Special programmes and funds established by the government to support vulnerable groups have been making news but for all the wrong reasons.

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