Public Finance in Kenya before Colonialism



Communal. Participatory. Efficient


Structure African communities were built around the foundation that the family unit constituted the basic unit of their societies. Thus much of the wealth and assets were either under the family or clan or under the authority of the leadership of the community.
Allocation A social welfare and support system again premised on the unit of family, extended family and joint ownership and production, meant that wealth and labour was fairly evenly distributed and there was little (if any) marginalisation.
Management Every family unit, extended family, clan etc., was well represented in the management and administration of public finance ensuring accountability, effectiveness, and efficiency.



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