Strategic planning practices by Kajiado county government in Kenya
Strategic planning involves articulating the direction, objectives and clear actions required to realize the desired strategic vision of an organization (Balanced Scorecard Institute, 2013). The aim of this research project was to investigate on strategic planning practices adopted by Kajiado County. The study was a case study and used both primary and secondary data. The target population was the executive committee of the County Government of Kajiado. Primary data was collected using self-administered interview guides. The data collected through the interview guides was qualitative in nature and was analyzed thematically using content analysis. From the findings, the study concluded that Kajiado County was actively involved in strategic planning. The study also concluded that strategic planning at Kajiado County was formal and that the vision and mission statement, and strategic plans at the county were formally documented. The County has a well stated vision and mission that is in line with Kenya vision 2030. The study also concluded that the county carried out an extensive situational analysis to analyze its stakeholders, and review its internal and external environment. The study also established that financial constraints, time constraints and consensus building were the major challenges faced during strategic planning at Kajiado County the strategic plan developed own content based on the vision. The respondents revealed that there are a number of issues that are covered under the Kajiado County strategic plan. The plan clearly elaborates the county plans on social and economic transformation within the county; development of infrastructure to facilitate service delivery; provision of reliable energy in order to assist in the development of manufacturing sector in the county; to improve science and technology and innovation; to conduct land reforms in the county; to engage in the development of human resources and provision of efficient and effective public service; promotion of tourism activities in the county and promotion of manufacturing activities in the county in order to provide employment opportunities to many unemployed young people. Based on the findings of the study, the researcher recommends that further research should be done on the other counties within the country and further research should be done as well on Strategic planning implementation by Kajiado County.