Evaluation of Economic Stimulus Programmes

This was a socio – economic evaluation conducted on 63 projects funded under the Economic Stimulus Programme in the 32 constituencies of the Coast and North Eastern Regions.

These projects were specifically drawn from three sectors namely Industrialization, Health and Local government that were implemented under the CDF structure. Premised on the need to urgently overcome the socio-economic challenges that Kenya faced in 2009 following the global financial crisis, the Government of Kenya formulated the ESP as a short to medium term, high intensity, high impact programme aimed at jump starting the economy towards long term growth and development securing the livelihoods of Kenyans and addressing the challenges of regional and inter-generational inequality. The ESP was envisioned as a short term intensive programme to be implemented within a period of six months commencing July 1st, 2009, with an expected completion date of 31st December 2009. The evaluation was a systematic and objective assessment of the design, implementation and results of the projects funded under the Economic Stimulus Programme. The overall objective of the exercise is to evaluate the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact, sustainability and accountability of ESP projects in Kenya.
The specific objectives of the exercise are outlined below:· To confirm the flow of ESP funds: · To establish the effectiveness of utilization of ESP Funds:· To identify the challenges and opportunities faced during ESP implementation:· To undertake a Monitoring & Evaluation Analysis of ESP projects· To take stock of results accruing from ESP project implementation: · To propose mechanisms for long-term sustainability of ESP achievements: The evaluation provided information that was credible and useful, enabling the incorporation of lessons learned into the decision-making process, scaling up and corrective action of both recipients and other relevant institutions. It also provided a basis for accountability, including the provision of information to the public.The evaluation brought to the attention of policy-makers constraints on ESP success resulting from policy shortcomings or rigidities, inadequate co-ordination, and the effectiveness of other practices, such as procurement. It promoted dialogue and improved co-operation between the participants in the development process through mutual sharing of experiences at all levels.