50 drivers of change in the public sector: Kenya
Kenya's professional accountants play a critical role in the public sector, against a challenging backdrop of population growth and political instability
One of the challenges facing professional accountants working in Kenya’s public sector is defining the scope of the accountant's role and to determine the extent to which they can evolve towards a more strategic partner in the public sector.
Governments are increasingly looking to partner up with the private sector to help fund large scale public infrastructure programs. This has led to significant growth in the adoption of PPP initiatives. However, the perception is that any risk of failure lies with the public sector and reward is with the private sector.
Technology and talent
The quality and availability of the global talent pool is one of the country's key drivers of change. Technology interacts with that need for the right skills, with the digitisation of work being another key driver.
To be fully effective, public sector professional accountants must develop new capabilities as they contribute to improvements in the effectiveness of the business of government. They must be adaptable as demands on them change and business models evolve.
"There is a need for an on-going conversation to describe the various aspects of the accountant's role."Kenya round-table participant
Top five drivers of change
Defining the scope of the accountant's role
Use of public private programmes (PPPs)
The digitisation of work
The level of economic growth
Stability of national revenue bases