From Civic Education to Civic Engagement - Community Based Monitoring

From 4th – 7th December 2014, the Civic Engagement and Flames of Democracy Program held its first ever training on  Community Based Monitoring Systems (CBMS) at the Pearl Palace Hotel in Nairobi.

IED trained 40 participants from Community Based Organizations from Bomet and Kakamega counties to undertake a participatory form of community monitoring.

The CBMS is a pilot project supported by the Drivers of Accountability Programme (DAP), DFID and DANIDA, which promotes citizen participation in budget making and implementation and development processes at the County level.

The CBMS process is designed to promote active participation amongst citizens in monitoring development projects and processes as well as enhance engagement with duty bearers for steering, learning and decision-making.

In order to achieve this, IED developed a comprehensive e-portal, which will serve as a platform to show case analyzed data received from trained citizens in the two selected counties.

The identified citizens will be guided by a customized questionnaire to collect timely data which will be fed it into the e-portal through a short code short message service (SMS).

Utilizing the SMS system as a data collection tool, allows the data to be analyzed frequently and be availed in real time to duty bearers and citizens for timely interventions and commentary on development processes. The data will also be used in the learning and dialogue platforms which will be organized at the end of the project.



 IED Executive Director, Mr. Brian Weke facilitating a simulation exercise


Civic Engagement Services Officer, Mr. Omwanda, taking the team through the budget making process in Kenya


Civic Engagement and Flames of Democracy Program Head, Ms Carla Chianese briefing the Constituency Supervisors on their roles and responsibilities.




Participants in group work discussing priority projects to be initiated in their counties


CBMS training group photo