Kenya

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Kenya’s historic March 2013 national elections put in place a devolved system of government – transferring certain state authority, resources and key services from the national to subnational level of government.  The elections and Kenya’s transition are two landmarks in a constitutional reform process that culminated with Kenyans voting overwhelmingly for a new constitution in August 2010.  Devolution, in particular, represents a drastic departure from Kenya’s historical centralized governance system, which has at times, hampered the country’s democracy and contributed to an uneven development process resulting in vast sections of the population being marginalized.