The decision has been made and work is in progress to reduce cash transfer payment timelines. In this regard, the Payment Working Committee organized a four days workshop in Naivasha between 17th and 20th April 2016 to deliberate on the issue. The workshop formed part of action plans put in place to reduce cash transfer payment period from ninety (90) to sixty (60) days as agreed in the Joint Review Implementation (JRIS) Mission in February this year.
From R: Cecilia Mbaka, Head, Social Protection Secretariat, Evans Muigai & Beatrice Njoroge Accounts, MLEAA and Winnie Mwalimu, National Treasury at the payment timelines workshop held in Naivasha between 17th and 20th April 2016.
The workshop’s objectives were, to review the internal MLEAA payments processes against the current operation manual with a view to create efficiency, build consensus on important payment steps and to develop a work plan (aligned to emerging issues)for the payment technical working groups.
The decision has been made and work is in progress to reduce cash transfer payment timelines. In this regard, the Payment Working Committee organized a four days workshop in Naivasha between 17th and 20th April 2016 to deliberate on the issue. SP INSIGHTS MAR-APR 2016 3 Payment timelines for cash transfers reduced to 60 days Participants developed payment action plans covering key areas such as payment field monitoring, constitution of a contract Management Team, joint awareness training for Payment Service Providers and government officials, standardized payment operation manual, training of the Payment Working Group on the Management Information System and the development of standardized funds request letter template.
Delayed payments, attributed to the lengthy period of time taken to complete the payment processes within a payment cycle have been a common feature in the cash transfer service delivery process. Besides other things, this has over the years posed a performance challenge especially in
relation to the achievement of one of the National Safety Net Programme's (NSNP)' Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs) - DLI 5.
The Payments Working Committee consists of members drawn from the Social Protection Secretariat, Department of Social Development, Department of Children’s Services, Principal Accounts Controllers (PAC) office, the National Treasury and the National Council for Persons with Disability (NCPWD). Discussions in the workshop were led by representatives from the FSD Kenya.
The Table above shows the current status of the Payment DLI.
Current Status of the Payment DLI (DLI 5)