Governance and Leadership for County Assembly and Service Boards

Statement of Need

County assemblies and service boards play a crucial role in the governance structure of a county. The course aims to enhance participants’ understanding of good governance principles, structures, and processes. By strengthening governance knowledge and skills, participants can effectively fulfill their responsibilities and contribute to the overall governance effectiveness of their county. Effective leadership is essential for guiding and inspiring others in a public service context. The course provides participants with leadership development opportunities, helping them cultivate key leadership traits, such as strategic thinking, decision-making, communication, and team-building skills. By enhancing their leadership abilities, participants can lead their respective entities with vision, integrity, and effectiveness. County assemblies and service boards are responsible for policy development and decision making. The course equips participants with the knowledge and tools necessary to engage in evidence-based policy making, analyze complex issues, and make informed decisions. By enhancing policy and decision-making capabilities, participants can contribute to the development of sound policies and decisions that benefit their county and constituents. County assemblies have a critical role in ensuring accountability and oversight of county government activities. The course provides participants with an understanding of their oversight role, including tools and techniques for monitoring and evaluating the performance of the county government and service boards. By strengthening legislative oversight, participants can hold the executive branch accountable, promote transparency, and enhance public trust in the governance process.

Good governance requires ethical conduct and integrity from public officials. The course focuses on promoting ethical behavior and integrity, providing participants with guidance on ethical standards, conflict of interest, and the importance of transparency and accountability. By promoting ethical conduct and integrity, participants can uphold public trust, avoid corruption, and demonstrate leadership through ethical behavior. The course contributes to the overall institutional strengthening of county assemblies and service boards. By equipping participants with knowledge, skills, and tools, the course enhances the capacity of these entities to effectively carry out their mandates. This institutional strengthening promotes efficiency, effectiveness, and professionalism in the delivery of services and the performance of legislative functions.

How participants will benefit
  • Familiarize participants with the principles and frameworks of good governance, including accountability, transparency, participation, and rule of law.
  • Explore the roles, responsibilities, and powers of County Assemblies and Service Boards in the governance structure.
  • Promote effective leadership styles and strategies for County Assembly Members and Service Board officials.
  • Develop skills in strategic thinking, decision-making, and problem-solving.
  • Provide an overview of the legislative processes, procedures, and practices in County Assemblies, including bill drafting, committee work, and plenary sessions.
  • Equip participants with the tools and knowledge to conduct effective oversight and monitoring of county government activities.
  • Develop an understanding of financial management principles and techniques specific to County Assemblies and Service Boards.
  • Explore strategies for fostering effective collaboration, cooperation, and communication with various stakeholders, including county government officials, civil society organizations, and the public.
  • Explore strategies for building resilient and sustainable County Assemblies and Service Boards.