CFA uses evidence-based Policy Research and Analysis, Strategic communications, and effective Advocacy to facilitate civic engagement, inform public discourse on taxation, public debt and public spending and effective service delivery at sub-national, national, and regional levels.
Led by the Executive Director, CFA Secretariat has a team of highly qualified, well experienced, and dedicated team of staff and associates who implement the organization’s mandate through the following programmes:
Governance and Socio-Economic Inclusion
Fiscal Justice goes beyond technical tax or budget systems. In broad terms, it relates to power, politics and supporting people to fight inequality. In this programme, our main priority area of focus is Fiscal Transparency and Accountability (FTA):
1.1 Fiscal Transparency and Accountability
Fiscal Transparency and Accountability are critical for promoting sustainable economic growth and development at both national and sub-national level of government. Fiscal policies and management practices have a significant impact on revenue mobilization strategies, public debt, allocation of resources, public spending, quality service delivery and the overall performance of the economy.
CFA firmly believes that since everyone, in one way or the other, pays taxes, it is therefore every citizen’s right and duty to know how their government raises and manages public finances. To this end, we strive to position itself as the to-go-to think-tank providing timely and accurate tax policy and public spending analysis both at the national and sub-national level.
Our approach to Fiscal justice means building the capacity of citizens including women, youth and PLWDs to take an active role in demanding transparency and accountability in public resource mobilization (including, but not limited to, taxation and public debt), public spending, participation in the budget-making process and influencing public finance reforms at both national and sub-national level of government.
Governance and Socio-Economic Inclusion remains a critical aspect of Kenya’s development trajectory. Kenya has made significant progress in democratization and improving governance since the adoption of a new Constitution in 2010. However, challenges still exist in ensuring inclusive society and equal access to public resources and opportunities for all citizens.
CFA works to promote good governance by providing a voice to the voiceless and holding governments at both the national and sub-national levels accountable for their decisions, actions and/or lack thereof. We do this through advocacy and awareness-raising campaigns, as well as by monitoring government policies and programs. We also promote transparency and accountability by advocating for access to information and encouraging citizens to participate in decision-making processes and public policy discourse.
It is part of our philosophy, that tackling Gender Inequality requires opening spaces and strengthening citizens’ voices and ability to speak to the government to hold them to account for the fulfilment of their basic rights. CFA plays a key role in promoting gender equality by advocating for the rights and participation of marginalized groups, including women, youth, PWDs and other minority groups in society.
To address the harsh effects of Climate Change, CFA is committed to ensuring that citizens are at the centre of policy-making, implementation and public oversight of climate justice policies and actions. We work with communities especially women and youth, PLWDs, civil society organizations and the government both at national and sub-national levels, to generate evidence for informing and influencing climate action. Our programmes are geared towards ensuring transparency and accountability in climate action. To achieve this we ensure representation, inclusion, and protection of the rights of those most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
It is our conviction that public actions must promote equity, assure access to basic resources, and ensure that young people women and girls can live, learn, play and work in healthy and clean environments.
Institutional Development and Strengthening
This programme is both inward and outward-looking. Inwardly, Institutional development and strengthening will ensure that CFA continues to sustainably discharge its core mandate efficiently and effectively. CFA will endeavour to regularly strengthen its human capital competencies, and organizational, administrative, and financial structures.
Externally, this programme allows CFA to undertake institutional strengthening through the facilitation of capacity development and strengthening of relevant and targeted partners, including but not limited, to state and non-state actors and development partners.
Through interaction with our stakeholders, partners and implementation of advocacy strategies, CFA will, where possible, endeavor to remedy the gaps identified by offering tailor-made training that is responsive to the needs of our stakeholders and partners.