New: Our CIDP Download Page

The CIDP – County Integrated Development Plan – is the five year plan of a Kenyan county. Now, ahead of the 2017 elections, the CIDP is a nice starting point for journalists for reporting if the county government has met the self set goals of the 2013-to-2017 plan. With the download page for the CIDPs we try to make their retrieval easier for you. Continue reading “New: Our CIDP Download Page”

Download Page: County Integrated Development Plans

For your convenience you may download the CIDP that you are looking for from RoGGKenya on this page. We were able to retrieve 45 of the 47 County Integrated Development Plans.

The CIDPS of Kericho and Narok are missing. This seems to be a problem of lacking access to information in these counties. The International Budget Partnership has also mentioned they were not able to see the Narok CIDP.

Please inquire at the county administration how the general public may access the CIDP of both Narok and Kericho County.

Below are the CIDP plans (Intergrated Development Plan 2013-2017) for the various counties as downloaded…

Elgeyo Marakwet
Taita Taveta
Tana River
Tharaka Nithi
Trans Nzoia
Uasin Gishu
West Pokot

How to search within Files

If you report about good governance or corruption, you need reliable sources. In many cases these sources are texts, tables, spreadsheets. Many are pdf files and some are in word documents in various websites. The texts can be long. Very long. Journalists do not have much time to read through all the text.

But do not be discouraged by long texts and big spreadsheets. Softcopies are a drag if you have to read it all on a screen, but they are a delight to search within – if you know what you are looking for.

Try it out. Open the CIDP of your county. A typical County Integrated Development Report may have between 250 to 350 pages.

But let us see what has been planned in your ward or your subcounty for the years running up to 2017.
On a computer, hit the keys ctrl+f simultaneously for searching. This shortcut works on most softwares. On a mobile device the search field may be opened with a magnifying glass or by hitting search in the menu.

A quick journey through lengthy files

Somewhere on the screen a search field has opened. Type the name of your ward or subcounty into that field and hit enter or “next” or click the search button, whatever the app or software offers.

Now by clicking “next” you can jump from one text passage to the next where your ward or subcounty has been mentioned. If you searched for Koibatek sub county in the Baringo CIDP you find interesting background information about issues like climate, population, water supply or cell phone ownership.

Population figures and projections or Kobatek are one hit.

Climate extremes within the county are another hit.
Climate extremes within the county are another hit.
and who knew that about cell phones in Kobatek?
and who knew that about cell phones in Kobatek?

When you reach the tables with the plans of the county you start developing follow-up questions. How are the proposed “flagship” projects doing, like the potato cold storage facility and the milk processing plant?

Flagship projects in Baringo County And from the education chapter, has the planned secondary school for the physically handicapped been built?


And even more documents – it takes minutes only

Now that you have found stories, you may continue the search in other soft copies of the county, like the budgets and plans in the county budget cycle. This time “milk processing” might be the right keyword to search for if you have decided to follow the story of that proposed flagship project.

If necessary, briefly browse through the document to find and choose useful keywords to search for. They should be specific – but not too specific. If you are interested in finding out what is going on in your county’s health sector, “health” can be the right keyword for your search. It may not be sufficient or may be too general to find specific projects you are looking for. Try also “hospital” or “dispensary”.

How to search within several files at a time

If you want to search for a specific word in several documents at a time, put these documents into one folder on a flash disk or computer hard disk, open this folder on your computer, e.g. with the MS Windows explorer. Then use the search field in explorer to find out which file contains the word and open only these few documents. For this search the term should be as specific as possible. This is likely to unearth relevant results if you search for the term “deaf” in a folder that contains as many planning documents of Baringo county as possible. If there is no find that’s information too!

How to map out a CIDP Story – an Example

The Uasin Gishu Fingerlings

Developing a nice story out of the County’s CIDP

The following is just an example from agriculture and fisheries in the Uasin Gishu County Integrated Development Plan, CIDP, along the steps named here.

In Chapter 2 of the Uasin Gishu CIDP (or here external links) you find remarks about the good and the bad in the fisheries sector (from page 12, (which is page 18 of the pdf file). Continue reading “How to map out a CIDP Story – an Example”

How to pick a story from the CIDP

How to pick and pursue Stories for Follow-Up-Reporting from your CIDP (County Integrated Development Plan)

Knowing what chapters are in the CIDP will greatly simplify this task. With the help of this page browse through the plan and get inspired.

With so many possible stories – why not follow your own interests? If you are interested in schools – pick the Early Childhood Education issue where your county is in charge. Are you the sports reporter? Go to that section of the CIDP. Continue reading “How to pick a story from the CIDP”

CIDP-Is the Five Year Plan on Track?

In your County’s CIDP (County Integrated Development Plan) you find what the politicians and administrators have decided to undertake in the next four and a half years. In July 2016 the last financial year of the CIDP started. So this is a good moment for the fourth estate to review the plans and whether or not they have become reality.
Reporting on this is also a good way to resort to facts and get personalized heat out of the political fights over the 2017 elections. Continue reading “CIDP-Is the Five Year Plan on Track?”