About County Governance Watch (CGW)

The County Governance Watch (CGW) is a registered not-for-profit organization established in Kenya. It is an active convener in governance, development and social transformation in Kenya. Since its inception, CGW has made significant strides in strengthening the pillars of good governance in Kenya and the region at large. Through its Kenya programme and with specific focus on the counties. CGW has taken lead in the creation of County Governance Index (CGI) for measuring the governance and service delivery at the counties.

CGW’s purpose is to provide solutions for socio-economic and political development in the counties by educating, training, developing the capacities of women, youth and persons with disability by offering platforms for engagement with the county structures and other stakeholders in strengthening the county governance processes and enhancing opportunities for the public to participate in the governance, leadership and decision making processes of their affairs.

CGW has made significant strides in strengthening the pillars of good governance in Kenya and by enhancing public
participation processes. CGW has taken lead in the creation of the County Governance Index (CGI) which assesses
the performance of Counties by measuring the governance and service delivery levels of the devolved services that
are closest to the heart of the citizen. These include water, health, education, agriculture and infrastructure among

Programmes, Strategies and Interventions

  • Our interventions aim at enhancing public participation dialogues in informing collective action towards county
    policy formulation and implementation in access to information, knowledge generation and management for
    prosperous Counties to deliver services.
  • County Governance Watch has a presence in about 33 counties where it has direct engagements with the
    County Governments, through partners and various citizen groups known as Citizen Action Groups (CAGs).
    Please visit http://cgwkenya.org/ for more information.

Our thematic areas include;

  • Devolution and County Participation: County Governance Index, Social Budgeting
  • Defend My Future Campaign: Peace  and  Security (Countering and Preventing Violent Extremism among the Youth), National Cohesion and Integration/PCVE
  • Human Security and security sector reforms
  • Research, Reflection and Policy Advocacy
  • County Election Dialogues (Youth and peaceful elections)
  • Youth and Governance – Matching through Mentorship

At the regional level, CGW is the National Chair of the International Conference for the  Great  Lakes  Region  (ICGLR)  Civil  Society  Forum  for  Kenya  that  is  domiciled  at  the  National Coordination Mechanism (NCM) under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. It is also the Regional Chair of the Democracy and Good Governance thematic area at the Regional Civil Society Forum (RCSF) of ICGLR.

Our Goal

To empower citizens for quality and effective service delivery for socio-economic and sustainable development


Our Vision calls for a democratic, accountable and peaceful Africa, where the citizenry’s voice counts in the management and leadership of their affairs.


Our Mission is to enhance human security by collaborating with partners and strengthening local capacities to address issues relating to peace and security in Kenya and the continent at large.

Our Values

  • Transparency
  • Accountability
  • Integrity
  • Social justice and democracy
  • Teamwork
  • Training, Technical Assistance and capacity building

Leadership and Management

CGW is an organization whose structure consists of the Board and the Secretariat. The Board provides the overall
policy direction, decision-making and offers advice to the Secretariat through the Chief Executive Officer. In this
project, the CGW Board will monitor the work of the secretariat and Project Implementation Team to provide
implementation and finance oversight in accordance with the CGW Constitution. The Secretariat is responsible for
program management and administration to strengthen and support implementation of activities based on project



  • CGW has engaged with about 33 counties directly in this front including holding 27 county dialogues leading to the 1st National Conference in 2016 and the second in 2017.
  • CGW engaged 35 County Governments, UNDP, PACT, Kenya School of Government (KSG), Saferworld, IFES,
    USAID, National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), National Steering Committee on Peacebuilding and
    Conflict Management (NSC), Pwani University, USIU, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University (JOOUST),
    International Leadership University (ILU), Machakos University, and Mount Kenya University among others.
  • Last year (2017), CGW in partnership with the Council of Governors (COG), Ministry of Devolution and Planning, UNICEF and other partners organized the First Children’s Devolution Conference, whose communiqué informed the Outcome Document of the 4th Devolution Conference which was held in Naivasha, Nakuru County.
  • In 2018, CGW in partnership with the Ministry of Devolution and ASALs and the Council of Governors with
    about 300 youth leaders to the 5th Annual devolution Conference to be held in April 2018 in Kakamega County.