Frequently asked Questions
- The NTA is an independent, non-partisan organization focused on promoting good governance in Kenya through citizen empowerment, enhancing public service delivery and partnership building.
- NTA is registered as a ‘society’ under section 10 of the Societies Act.
- The NTA represents all citizens as everyone pays taxes.
- Since 2006, the NTA has been implementing programmes focused on enhanced citizen demand for accountability through monitoring of the quality of public service delivery and the management of devolved funds.
- It has achieved this through the development of social accountability tools, Citizen Report Cards (CRCs), civic awareness and citizen capacity-building and initiating partnerships with the government and non-state actors.
- To ensure that taxpayers' money is used to deliver quality services, such as health, education, agriculture, roads and water, etc., for all Kenyans.
- To ensure transparent and citizen-responsive management of taxpayers’ money in devolved funds, such as the Constituency Bursary Fund, Constituency Development Fund, Free Primary Education Fund, etc.
- To sensitize citizens on their rights and responsibilities as taxpayers.
The NTA was established in April 2006 by a coalition of leaders from civil society, faith based organizations, private and public sectors. The founding members include Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), National Informal Sector Coalition (NISCO), Institute of Certified Public Accountants (ICPAK), Centre for Governance and Development (CGD), Kenya Female Advisory Organization (KEFEADO), Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM), Kenya Private Sector Network (KPSN), African Woman and Child Feature Service (AWCFS), United Business Association (UBA), Catholic Justice & Peace Commission (CJPC), Kenya Alliance of Residents Associations (KARA) and Transparency International Kenya (TI-K).
- The NTA is managed by a Governing Council of prominent civil society, faith based organizations, and private sector leaders. These include Kenya Private Sector Network (KPSN) – Chair, Center for Governance & Democracy (CGD) - Secretary, United Business Association (UBA) - Treasurer, Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) - Member, African Woman and Child Feature Services (AWCFS) – Member, The Kenya Alliance of Residents Association (KARA) – Member, Transparency International-Kenya Chapter (TI-K) – Member, National Informal Sector Coalition (NISCOF) – Member, Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM) – Member, Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) – Member, Private Sector Development Trust (PSD) – Member, Kenya Female Advisory Organization (KEFEADO) - Member).
- The day to day operations of the NTA are managed by the NTA Secretariat comprising of the National Coordinator and assisted by Regional Offices Coordinator, Communications Officer and 2 Programme Officers. The NTA is also technically assisted by an advisor and a consultant.
The NTA is funded by a group of international and local donors.
The NTA is fully independent of government; however, it is committed to working with the government to improve service delivery and the management of devolved funds.
- The head office of the NTA is in Nairobi. There are currently eight regional offices in each of the eight provinces/regions of Kenya (Nairobi, Central, Eastern, North Eastern, Western, Nyanza, Rift Valley and Coast).
- Within the regions there are Constituency Monitoring Committees (CMCs), which consist of volunteer citizen representatives – one woman and one man – from each location or ward in each constituency.