Role and impact of civil society on Kenya’s development agenda
Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) are crucial players in any county‟s developmental agenda. They play crucial roles socially, economically and politically. For any country to grow economically, it requires large presence of actively involved CSOs most of it sectors if not all. The effectiveness and efficiencies of such CSOs can transform any economy to an upwards trend with little ease. This research paper evaluated the developmental impact of civil societies and their contribution to sustainable economic development. The paper also examined the challenges faced by CSOs and how these challenges affect their performance in impacting developmental agenda setting. The research adopted a descriptive case study research design while adopting both primary and secondary data collections tools. It adopted questionnaires and interviews guides to help in collecting primary data. The research used agenda setting theory and framing to help put the theoretical review into perspective. On data analysis the research adopted content analysis to help summarize any form of content by counting various aspects of the content. The research examined that developmental agenda setting is a crucial function of civil societies. The legal, policy and institutional frameworks of these CSOs plays a very important role in impacting the developmental agenda setting. Likewise it was observed that the challenges affecting CSOs negatively impacts on the developmental agenda setting role of these CSOs. It recommends that the government and other sector players need to strengthen and sanitize the CSOs to help improve their output capacity through incorporation of good governance principles which includes both transparency and accountability. It concludes highlighting the need for an interference free environment for CSOs to enable their smooth functioning.