Centres of Excellence

Centres of Excellence

The School is required to conduct research whose aim is to:

      1. Inform development or review of policy
      2. Provide evidence-based solution to existing problems
      3. Enhance innovation
      4. Advanced epistemology and freedom

The Centre for Research and Advanced Training is responsible for the following:

      1. Lead the development and implementation of the research agenda
      2. Oversee the application of research policy and procedures
      3. Serve as the primary point of contact for research activities
      4. Facilitate capacity development in research
      5. Coordinate convening of seminars, workshops, conferences, and symposia for dissemination of research findings
      6. Operationalize the KSG Press
      7. Roll out the KSG Journal
      8. Oversee mobilization and prudent use of research funds
      9. Apply the School Quality Management System and Standards on research
      10. Serve as a convener of KSG Research and Publications Committee
      11. Maintain records of research activities

The School undertakes research in the following thematic areas:

        • Public service transformation and service delivery
        • Economic planning and development
        • Investment for Wealth creation (in agriculture, manufacturing/ industrialization, trade)
        • Industrialization – (in agriculture, fishing, mining)
        • Local/ decentralized government
        • Public enterprise development and management
        • Foreign policy and International engagements
        • National and regional security
        • Social development
        • Agriculture and food security
        • Environmental governance and climate change

The Centre for Research and Advanced Training has been able to achieve the following:

    1. Establishment of a framework for dissemination of research findings which encompasses;
    2. Establishment of KSG Press
    3. Introduced East African Journal of Public Affairs (EAJPA)
    4. Introduced Occasional Paper Series
    5. Initiated publication of a book titled: Exemplary Public Service Leadership with two manuscripts well underway: “Kenya: A Decade of National Transformation” based on the work of the late President Hon. Mwai Kibaki and “Beyond Zero Campaign,” based on the work of the former First Lady Mama Margaret Kenyatta.

The Centre for Research and Advanced Training has conducted an increasing number of multidisciplinary research across the public sector. This has led to the development of a number of research products such as:

  1. Policy briefs: to provide evidence-based advisory to the Government of Kenya
  2. Case studies for reference and as a source of training materials
  3. Position papers to provide facts and make proposals for resolutions of the prevailing conditions
  4. Occasional papers that contribute to the debate on specific issues relevant to the public service
  5. Working papers series to provide preliminary findings of issues under investigations
  6. Journal articles to provide scientific or scholarly evidence-based information published in a peer-reviewed academic journal. 

In advancing knowledge sharing and collaboration, the Centre for Research and Advanced Training has established linkages with an increasing number of institutions to undertake collaborative research. Some of these institutions include:

  1. Chandler Academy for Governance to undertake research
  2. State Department for Correctional Services, Probation and After Care Service – Ministry of Interior And Coordination of National Government

In fostering research agenda and creating a repository for the School, the Centre for Research and Advanced Training has committed each KSG Campus to initiate research and publication of a resource book:

  1. Public Service Innovations in Kenya – Lower Kabete
  2. Transformation of Public Sector Human Resource Management Practices in Kenya – Mombasa
  3. Social Inclusivity in the Kenyan Public Sector: Policy and Practice – Matuga
  4. Toward Food Security and Nutrition in Kenya: Reconciliation of Ideas, Actions, and Outcomes – Embu, and
  5. Transformation of Pastoral Economy for Sustainable Development in the North Rift Region of Kenya – Baringo
  6. Cyber-Security in the Public Sector: Global Problems, National Solutions


Premier Centre of Excellence in the promotion of best practices in leadership, governance, and public policy


To build the capacity of leaders, policymakers, and institutions for the social transformation and economic development of Kenya.

The School provides expert consultancy services to government institutions to assist in capacity building in a variety of fields. In order to continue providing quality and impactful consultancy services in a coordinated manner, the School established a dedicated Centre for Consultancy services.

The Center aims to be a catalyst for consultancy opportunities by establishing itself as a one-stop center for providing information and resources and assisting the Faculty in the provision of consultancy services, knowledge transfers, and commercialization activities. KSG seeks to position the School as the preferred choice in the industry for consulting and sector-based training areas of expertise.

The Centre has highly skilled consultants who possesses creative business knowledge, intellectual capital; focus on excellence and experience to develop innovative solutions for our clients. In addition, the team has a strong local and regional orientation coupled with a hands-on approach.

The School has strengthened the Centre to enable it to respond effectively, efficiently, and on time to the Consultancy needs of our clients without compromising on both quality and content by:

  1. Developing and implementing Consultancy Guidelines that aim at promoting professionalism, ethical standards, quality and timeliness while undertaking consultancy assignments
  2. Deploying staff to manage consultancy assignments
  3. Building capacity of staff to deliver consultancy assignments; and
  4. Fostering and sustaining collaboration and partnerships

Areas of consultancy

The Centre offers diversified streams of consultancy services that span multiple thematic areas locally, regionally, and internationally as shown below:

  1. Executive Recruitment
  2. Organizational Re-engineering and Culture change
  3. Competency-Based Assessment
  4. Development of Strategic Plans and Development Plans
  5. Performance Management
  6. Board Induction and Evaluation
  7. Design, Development, and Implementation of E-learning Programs
  8. Job evaluation and development of job descriptions
  9. Collective Bargaining

Analysis Consultancy Portfolio

The Centre has offered and continues to offer a variety of consultancy services in order to contribute towards institutional and public sector transformation…Read more

Achievements and clientele

The Centre has been able to undertake the following Consultancy assignments…Read more

International Consultancies

The School has provided extended consultancy services to the public services of other countries in Africa and has partnered with various international organizations…Read more

The future of consultancy services

KSG is a key player in actualization of the public service transformation agenda and will seek to provide up to date innovative thinking and experience from a wide variety of sectors to deliver the best solutions for our clients. This is in recognition that all consultancies want to ensure they are achieving the very best of outcomes and value for money for every client.

The School will continually invest in its human capital with structured, professional development to ensure best practice, up to date thinking to ensure consistent quality.

  1. The demands placed upon the School in providing high quality training, consultancy and research services to promote sustained national development , and transform the standards of competence and integrity in the public service at the national and county levels call for a highly focused Centre of Excellence on Public Finance and Audit.
  2. The Centre of Public Finance and Audit is therefore, envisioned as a world class intellectual hub that complements, facilitates and augments the core competencies of the School and this will better position the School to deliver its national mandate.
  • The Centre provides learning and development of programs to:
  1. Build capacity for the public service;
  2. Provide training, consultancy and policy research services that inform public policy;
  3. Promote national development and instill high standards of competence and integrity in the public service;
  4. Establish superior professional networks and linkages with renowned schools of government and international centres of learning across the world that will benefit the people of the Republic of Kenya;
  5. Provide competency support to:
  6. Board members on matters of oversight, and good governance
  7. CEOs of State Corporations on matters of development and execution of long-term strategies and implementation of policies.
  • Staff of State Corporations on matters relating to prudent resource utilization, accountability, Public Service values and ethics.
  1. The Centre’s programs are categorized into the following broad thematic areas:
  2. Corporate Governance
  3. Public Finance
  4. Public Procurement
  5. Public Investment
  6. The Centre rolls out programs that facilitate better comprehension of leadership and pave way for the uptake of appropriate interventions to improve governance standards which in turn help to improve delivery of public services to Kenyans.
  7. Admission into some programs is subject to fulfillment of course prerequisites
  • Training dates for all programs can be scheduled as per the client request and venue preference. Specific dates are available on the calendars.
  • Enrolment in all training programs is now open. For more information, you may get in touch with us on Email: publicfinance@ksg.ac.ke

The Kenya School of Government has over time responded to developmental challenges by designing appropriate curricula and internal institutions to facilitate capacity development in the public sector. One such internal institution established by KSG is the Centre for Devolution Studies which focuses on capacity building for the devolved units. The Kenya School of Government has contributed to the transformation of the public service by operationalizing and deepening devolution between 2013 and 2022 through the following training and capacity-building activities:-

  1. Public Financial Management
  2. IFMIS Courses
  3. Public Finance Management Courses
  4. Program Based Budgeting (PBB)
  5. Public Procurement
  6. Audit and Risk Assurance
  7. Financial Accounting, Recording, and Reporting.
  8. Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation
  9. Project Planning and Management
  10. Project Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting
  11. Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation
  12. Human Resource and Performance Management
  13. Performance Management
  14. Performance Contracting
  15. Human Resource Management Advisory Committees
  16. Integrated Payroll and Personnel Database
  17. Civic Engagement and Public Participation
  18. Civic education and public participation
  19. Induction Programmes for County Executive Committee Members, County Chief Officers, County Assembly Boards, and County Public Service Boards
  20. Environmental and Social Safeguards
  21. Environmental Impact Assessment
  22. Environmental and Social Safeguards


  1. Recruitment Agency services
  2. Organizational designs
  3. Training Needs Assessment/Competency Gap Assessment
  4. Development of Policy and Procedure Manuals


Excellence in Public Service Capacity Development in Environmental Governance and Climate Change


To offer training, conduct research, provide consultancy and advisory services to build the capacity of public service in environmental governance and climate change

Objectives of the Centre for Environmental Governance and Climate Change

The Centre will be responsible for undertaking and coordinating activities and programs for the realization of national and international development agenda on matters to do with the environment. Specifically, the Centre will:

  1. Deliver training programs to enhance knowledge, skills, competencies, and behavior change in environmental management.
  2. Undertake research activities to support evidence-based policy formulation and decision-making by government institutions and agencies on environmental governance and climate change.
  3. Promote outreach programs to enhance community awareness and public participation in environmental management.
  4. Offer consultancy and advisory services to support the implementation of environmental management programs and climate actions.
  5. Offer technical support to government institutions and agencies in undertaking environmental activities such as environmental audits and
  6. To generate new knowledge and develop innovative solutions to  environmental challenges
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