The Health Policy Project has ended, but work continues under a new USAID five-year project, Health Policy Plus (HP+).
Author(s): Alyson Lipsky, Aaron Mulaki, Taylor Williamson, and Zoe Sullivan
Primary Language: English
To improve understanding of political will for the devolution of Kenya’s health sector, the USAID- and PEPFAR-funded Health Policy Project (HPP) conducted a series of semi-structured interviews with key informants in January 2015—involving the national government, three county-level governments, and consultants—to explore what incentives are driving political will for the devolution of Kenya’s health sector. HPP found that the desire for improved health outcomes is one of many factors driving political will for health sector devolution. The need to meet constituents’ and political stakeholders’ expectations also influences political will. A greater understanding of the various factors that influence political will can help the national government take a leadership role to incentivize and encourage counties to make decisions for improving health outcomes, and move devolution forward.