Research findings have proved that good governance increases an entity’s sustained, inclusive and equitable growth and thereby creating greater opportunities for all. Governance relates to the way an entity is directed and managed while sustainable development is about meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Equitable development on the other hand focuses on distribution benefits and
equitable treatment, including to the very poor and marginalized. Thus, Equitable and Sustainable Development is about embracing values such as participation, inclusion, transparency, accountability, access to information, combatting corruption, securing basic human rights and the rule of law.
Kenya is desirous of achieving Equitable and Sustainable Development as environed in her Vision 2030 Development Blueprint as well as President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ‘Big Four Agenda’. To achieve the big four by year 2020 and become a newly industrialized middle-income country by 2030, good governance must be an integral part of the plan. This demands proper management of our political, social, economic and environmental resources to reduce inequalities and raise basic standards of living in the society. Thankfully for Kenya, devolution presents a perfect opportunity to foster inclusive equitable development. The Constitution of Kenya has positioned county governments as the centers for economic and social growth with Chapter 11 of the Constitution requiring the devolved governments to promote democratic and accountable exercise of power, foster national unity by recognizing diversity, give power of self-governance to the people and enhance the participation of the people in the exercise of the powers of the state and in making decisions affecting them. Just like in most counties, the private sector is a key stakeholder in development agenda in Kenya.