Government enterprise architecture & ICT Standards

Government enterprise architecture & ict standards

At the ICT Authority we are charged with the responsibility of governing Government-wide ICT initiatives. To enable us to effectively do this, we have come up with a framework guiding on ICT implementation across government as well as the standards that apply.

The guiding framework is termed as the Government Enterprise Architecture (GEA). Enterprise Architecture is designed to ensure alignment between the business and IT strategies, operating model, guiding principles, and the software development projects and service delivery.

By taking a view of all the organisations’ business services, processes, information, applications and technology; enterprise architecture ensures the business goals and objectives are addressed in a holistic way across government.

Benefits of Standards

Government Ministries, departments and agencies should use the GEA framework to guide the establishment of their Enterprise Architecture and use the ICT standards in the different domains as the minimum requirement.

The standards, have undergone rigorous development, and have been subjected to Kenya Bureau of Standards for approval. At the moment we are sensitizing all relevant stakeholders on the different standards while taking feedback.


Apart from the GEA, the thematic areas being considered for standards are as follows:

Infrastructure Networks
Data Center
Cloud computing
End user equipment
E-waste management
Information  Security Application Security
Data Security
Email Security
H/w and Network Security
Physical Security
Bio metric
Application Systems Application/Software-
Messaging & Collaboration
Information management Electronic Records management & Data Management
ICT HRM IT professionals
ICT capacity development and literacy
IT Governance Legal
IT service management
Projects & Portfolio Management


Benefits of Standards

  • Service delivery: user-centric approach to service delivery and multi- channel integration, driven by client priorities, satisfaction, efficiencies and feasibility
  • Common secure infrastructure: electronic service platform to enable integrated services and support secure Internet, telephone and in-person access
  • Remove redundancy: normalize everything in the architecture
  • Human resources: cross-government approach to develop the right skills for electronic and other service delivery, focused on change management and competencies
  • Communication: encourage take-up, engage officers and citizens to shape service evolution, assure citizens of commitment to service delivery
  • The transparency, impartiality, quality and objectivity of decision making
  • Management of change: based on a clear understanding of the impact
  • Optimisation: cost effectiveness, efficiency of the IT solutions,reduced duplications, maximizing reuse of models and resources
  • Increased agility by lowering the “complexity barrier and increased reuse of existing IT assets
  • Reporting: The reporting of performance results, and auditing of changes
  • Ability to create and maintain a common vision of the future shared across the enterprise, driving continuous alignment
  • Provides a shared language to see, think, and talk about the enterprise


To date several workshops have been held and the draft ICT standards in all the domains have been developed. We held the first national stakeholders forum on 16th July 2015. The audience was made up of ICT officers in ministries and Agencies. The forum was well attended with a turnout of 80 participants. We are planning for the next stakeholder’s forum for the county staff.

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