Since its global launch in 2011, Open Government Partnership (OGP) has provided an atypical opportunity for both government and civil society actors to meaningfully engage on country-specific issues. While the initiative envisioned equal participation from these two groups of stakeholders, the Kenyan civil society has stepped up to steer the OGP process in times of political headwinds linked to General Elections and related transitions.
Although initially, civil society engagement on the platform was tenuous and fragile, this has improved over time alongside their contribution to the process. This study narrates Kenya’s OGP journey from a CSO perspective; spotlights challenges facing both CSOs and government and makes recommendations to strengthen the process in Kenya. The full report is available for download here.