The County Assemblies Forum (CAF) was formed in 2014, expanding the membership of its predecessor, the County Assemblies Speakers Forum (CASF) to include members of county assemblies.
Registered under the Societies Act, CAF is the coordinating body of the 47 county assemblies in Kenya. The core mandate of CAF is to promote networking and synergy amongst the county assemblies, coordinate intergovernmental relations and enhance good practice in legislative development. It also seeks to institutionalize law-making and oversight capacity of the county assemblies and to form linkages with other arms of government.
There are four main levels in the structure of CAF:The General Assembly is the supreme organ of CAF and comprises of the 2,249 Members of the 47 county assemblies of Kenya, the Governing Council and the Executive Committee. It undertakes all initiatives and decisions in the best interest of CAF membership.
The Governing Council is composed of all speakers and two other elected/nominated members from each of the 47 county assemblies. The mandate of the Council is to consider and make recommendations on the implementation of CAF policies and proper execution of its programs.
The Executive Committee comprises of 20 members whose composition include 10 speakers of county assemblies and 10 ordinary members. The Executive Committee works through five sub-committees as follows;
(a) The Legal and Research Sub-Committee regularly follows up on CAF internal legal issues, liaises on county legal matters, reviews and gives recommendations on national legislation affecting counties and promotes capacity-building on legislative authority of county assemblies. The sub-committee advocates on various matters before the courts in respect to county assemblies and undertakes legislative review.
(b) The Communication Sub-Committee has the mandate of enhancing communication among members of county assemblies and with external stakeholders. It provides the public with correct information about the county assemblies.
(c) The Inter-Governmental Relations Sub-Committee interfaceswiththe national government, as well as with the executive arm of the county government. The sub-committee has the mandate of enhancing strategic interactions between the national and county government.
(d) The Member Services Sub-Committee enhances capacity of CAF members in terms of communications, sponsorship guidelines and all aspects of required competencies. It provides leadership on matters of capacity development of members and staff of county assemblies and gives the useful interface between all the sub-committees, ensuring that the concerns and interests of members are taken into account.
(e) The Finance and Administration Sub-Committee ensures smooth operations in donor relations and requisite grant support, a well-managed human resource structure and transparent budget, appropriations and accounting. The sub-committee provides oversight over the CAF Secretariat and offers policy guidelines on finance and administration of CAF.