IDS University of Nairobi

Complementary options to development of underdevelopment: Lessons from the use of community currencies in Kenya - Policy brief

Governments and non-governmental organizations around the world have embraced community
or complementary currencies (CCs) as tools of poverty reduction, environmental protection
and promotion of social solidarity. Community Currencies are best viewed as a financial
innovation to assist local-level development and are seen as a new age poverty-reduction
strategy. Popular CCs include: FureaiKippu (Japan), Red De Turque (Argentina), Ithaca Hours
(United States), Bristol Pounds (United Kingdom) and Chiemgauer (Germany).

Devolution in Kenya: Strengthening Human Resources and Administrative Structures - Policy brief

The creation of county governments following Constitution of Kenya 2010 meant that the new
units had to put in place systems to manage their human resources and other administrative
functions for effective service delivery. This policy brief sheds light on some of the issues that
counties should focus on so as to strengthen systems for human resources and administrative
structures in their areas of jurisdiction.