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Political Will for Health System Devolution in Kenya: Insights from Three Counties
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Author(s): Alyson Lipsky, Aaron Mulaki, Taylor Williamson, and Zoe Sullivan

Primary Language: English

Date: 8/17/2015


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.

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The Health Policy Project is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-10-00067, beginning September 30, 2010. The project's HIV-related activities are supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). It is implemented by Futures Group, in collaboration with Plan International USA, Avenir Health (previously Futures Institute), Partners in Population and Development, Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), Population Reference Bureau (PRB), RTI International, and White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA). The information provided on this Web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.

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