Utawala, powered by fact finding missions and data analysis, provides extensive and comprehensive information and data regarding county resources (water, health, education, roads, population demographics, natural resources etc.), monitor and track all ongoing projects and activities across all counties, evaluate development outcomes across all counties and also monitor coverage on counties and governor across all media including social media.
Utawala provides demand-driven expert advice to county government officials seeking to steer their counties toward more meaningful, transparent, accountable and effective management public resources. Utawala provides a comparative international perspective that allows policymakers to make decisions in light of the experiences of other Governors and Counties from across the world. We assess and analyse the economic implications of various decisions regarding development projects, feasibility assessment and strategy.
Relying on a team of in-house economists, IT, development and governance experts, and in partnership with Princeton university and the National Governors Association (USA), Utawala provides extensive technical assistance to county governments seeking to improve revenue generation and management and service delivery.
Utawala provides tailor-made training programmes, study visits and training on devolution, decentralization and local governance that are essential for understanding how county governance and decentralization processes can be designed, supported and monitored in a harmonised manner.
In addition to developing training programmes with themes on service delivery and revenue generation for county governments, the Utawala training programmes are tailor-made to respond to all unique situations, essential responsibilities and key development areas as requested by Governors and County Governments.
The overall objective of the training programme is to assist County Governments to successfully transition roles and responsibilities from the National Government as stipulated in the constitution through improvement in service delivery, revenue generation and integrating a data intensive approach governance and development.
The Utawala training programme contributes towards achieving sound Public Leadership and Governance, Investment, Strategic Planning, Communications, Resource Utilization, Service Provision, Youth Self-employment, Security, and Community Development. In order to ensure public involvement in Governance, the Utawala training/capacity building programme also focuses on social accountability, participatory budgeting, public services, community participation and participatory development.
Utawala provides in-depth feasibility assessment and analysis of the viability of county development projects on request by county governments. Through these feasibility assessments, Utawala seeks to answer the essential question of whether counties should proceed with a proposed project.
The Feasibility Assessment of Development Projects gives focus to projects, outline alternatives, narrow alternatives, identify new opportunities through the investigative process, enhance the probability of success by addressing and mitigating factors early on that could affect the project, provide quality information for decision making, provide documentation that the development project was thoroughly investigated, help in securing funding from lending institutions and other monetary sources and also help to attract equity investment.
Utawala looks at whether a proposed project will generate adequate cash-flow and revenues, withstand the risks it will encounter, remain viable in the long-term and meet the goals of the county and also “frame” and “flesh-out” viable alternatives. Utawala also outlines in depth analysis of the various scenarios examined and the implications, strengths and weaknesses of each. Utawala assesses the trade-off between the risks and rewards of moving forward with a development project.
Utawala only undertakes the feasibility study and provides the assessments to County Governments. It is the role of the project leaders to make a decision using information from the feasibility study and input from consultants.