Kenya Urban Support Programme (KUSP)

The Kenya Urban Support Programme (KUSP) aims to support the establishment and strengthen urban institutions and systems to deliver improved infrastructure and services in participating municipalities in counties in Kenya.


Consulting services for the first full annual assessment of 45 County Governments (i.e. excluding Nairobi and Mombasa), concerning the minimum conditions and performance standards applicable to eligibility to participate in the KUSP (Contract: MTIHUD/KUSP/APA-01/2017)

Consultancy objective

To assess eligible county compliance with Urban Institutional Grant (UIG) Minimum Conditions, Urban Development Grant (UDG) Minimum Conditions and UDG Performance Standards in order to calculate UIG/UDG allocations. Additionally, the consultancy aims to establish a performance baseline for all 45 counties concerning both UIG and UDG MCs as well as the UDG performance standards (PSs).

UIG Objective

To support county government administrations to develop and implement county-level urban development policies and integrated strategic plans, establish urban management systems, develop legislation and regulations to better manage urban areas, help to build the capacity of urban administrations, and implement and enforce county policies and legislation

UDG Objective

To support urban administrations—through their counties—for the development of urban plans, systems, and the delivery of urban infrastructure and services (In addition, the establishment of physical investments and provision of basic services at the urban board level)


Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development, State Department for Housing and Urban Development - Directorate of Urban and Metropolitan; Kenya Urban Support Programme (KUSP) and World Bank

Consultancy Duration

4 months

Consultancy Scope

45 county governments (i.e. excluding Nairobi and Mombasa); 59 urban areas within the counties (As identified by the KUSP Program Operations Manual [POM] and Program Appraisal Document [PAD]; the Urban Areas and Cities [UAC] Act and County Headquarters)


Counties that comply with UIG Minimum Conditions will qualify for a UIG allocation of $200,000 each in FY 2018-19.


  • 1. What are UIGs?

    Urban Institutional Grants structured to support urban infrastructure development

  • 2. How do we use the UIG grants?

    Please refer to Programme Appraisal Document (PAD) Pg31

  • 3. What are UDGs?

    Urban Development Grants structured to enable compliance to UDG MCs and PSs

  • 4. What are the eligible projects for UDGs?

    Please refer to Programme Appraisal Document (PAD) pg34

  • 5. What is the maximum allocation that we can get as a County?

    The maximum is guided by Programme Appraisal Document (PAD) page 33 but upon meeting the Minimum Conditions (MCs) and Performance Standards (PSs)

  • 6. When will the Grants be released to the counties?

    The first tranche of funds will be released In the FY 2018/2019

  • 7. Some of our Urban areas are not included in the PAD list .Can you consider them?

    No, we are guided by Programme Appraisal Document (PAD) pg33 Table 1.3

  • 8. How are the Municipal Boards Formed?

    Formation of municipal boards will be guided by Urban Areas and Cities Act 2015.

  • 9. To which accounts will the grants be disbursed at the County Level

    Each qualifying urban town to open special purpose account where UDG will be disbursed to.

  • 10. Will standardizing the minimum conditions and the performance standards provide a level playground for all counties? Can’t we modify?

    Reviewing the Minimum Conditions at this stage would be challenging since the project is already effective. In addition, these conditions were developed through an elaborate consultative process involving Counties and other stakeholders.

  • 12. How often will these assessments be done?

    An Annual Performance Assessment (APA) will be undertaken every year to assess performance of the counties and its preparation to the allocation for the following financial year.

  • 11. What is the basis for determining the population in the urban areas? Some of our urban areas have higher population than what is stated in the PAD?

    The basis and source of the population data used was from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) Population Census of 2009.

  • 13. Why were Nairobi and Mombasa Counties excluded?

    1. They are already beneficiaries of other World Bank funded projects including NaMSIP, KISIP NUTIP and WSSIP.
    2. Further the two require significantly more financial support for visible impact
  • 14. How do we appeal if we disagree with the results?

    You appeal to the KUSP Project Coordinator Arch. Victor Ogutu, Ministry of Transport Infrastructure, Housing Urban Development

  • 15. How do we communicate with the Consultant?

    Through the email address and Telephone No. 0722 880 880

  • 16. How do we deliver documentary evidence to the Consultants?

    You can send to the consultants   Scanned, stamped and signed copies at


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