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The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA-Kenya) is a Public Policy think tank based in Nairobi, which seeks to promote pluralism of ideas through open, active and informed debate on public policy issues. The IEA-Kenya undertakes research and conducts public education on Key economic and topical issues in public affairs in Kenya and the region, and utilizes the outcomes of the research for policy dialogue and to influence policy making. The IEA-Kenya is independent of political parties, pressure groups and lobbies, or any other partisan interests.

The Institute of Economic Affairs is incorporated in Kenya, under the Companies Act as a company without share capital and limited by guarantee of its members. It was in incorporated in 1994, under the Memorandum and Articles of Association. IEA is governed by a non-executive Board of Directors responsible for directing and overseeing the operations of the institute: the programmes, administration and the general membership.
 

Globally, the International Budget Partnership (IBP) collaborates with civil society around the world to analyze and influence public budgets in order to improve the quality of governance and ultimately improve social welfare.

Globally, the International Budget Partnership (IBP) collaborates with civil society around the world to analyze and influence public budgets in order to improve the quality of governance and ultimately improve social welfare.
 
At the national level, our work involves understanding the national budget through analyzing the budget process, budget presentation, and budget allocations and expenditure. We also organize public forums where government and civil society have a common platform and we can emphasize greater transparency and participation in public finances.
 
At the county level, we partner with civil society, media and county governments to help increase demand for budget information at the county level as well as create space for public participation. We are currently working in Taita Taveta, Nyeri and Uasin Gishu, collaborating with Taita Taveta County Development Forum, National Taxpayers Association (NTA) and Kerio Center for Community Development and Human Rights (KCCDHR).
 
Recently, our work has focused on Programme-Based Budgeting, revenue sharing, and the development of tools for understanding and analyzing county budgets. We make all of our tools, guides and training materials available online. For more information and to read some of these materials, please visit our website www.internationalbudget.org/kenya and like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @IBP_Kenya

Transparency International is a non-governmental organization dedicated to increasing government accountability and curbing both international and national corruption. The TI movement has multiple concerns:-

  • Humanitarian, as corruption undermines and distorts development and leads to increasing levels of human rights abuse; democratic, as corruption undermines democracies and in particular the achievements of many developing countries and countries in transition;
  • Ethical, as corruption undermines a society's integrity; and
  • Practical, as corruption distorts the operations of markets and deprives ordinary people of the benefits which should flow from them.

Mzalendo keeps 'an eye on the Kenyan Parliament' to make information about the National Assembly and Senate activities accessible to the public so they can hold their Parliamentarians accountable based on fact. Our current programmes are geared at ensuring comprehensive parliamentary information is available in easily accessible formats and shared widely online and offline; networking and collaboration with civil society organizations and interest groups in accountability work; public opinion on topical legislative issues is collated and proactive engagement with parliamentarians is pursued.

 The Institute for Social Accountability (TISA) is a civil society initiative committed towards the achievement of sound policy and good governance in local development in Kenya, to uplift livelihoods of, especially, the poor and marginalized. TISA has been operational since March 2008, and is a locally registered trust.

TISA Strategic Focus 2012-2017
Vision: TISA is committed to the creation of a successful future for the people of Kenya. In this regard, TISA’s vision has been agreed as; “Empowered citizens claiming and enjoying their rights”.
Mission: TISA recognizes the impact of provision of quality services on the socio- economic wellbeing of the populace. Thus its overriding mission has been agreed as:
To promote effective and accountable devolved governance through capacity building and advocacy towards the realization of Article 174 of the Constitution of Kenya.

The AIHD was established in April 2004 in Nairobi, Kenya by a group of accomplished African researchers and academicians. The Institute’s main focus is on conducting research, training and advocacy on health and development issues that are contextually relevant to Kenya and to the African continent. The Institute is also involved in policy formulation on key development issues such as HIV and AIDS, poverty alleviation and malaria. The Institute works closely with local and international development partners, such as the International Union of Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE), MAP International, African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) and the World Bank. The founder members have been involved in development work in various capacities in Kenya and in the region.

The Institute has constituted a Board of Directors drawn from accomplished scientists, financial and legal experts. In addition, the Institute has an external audit report, which provides an up to-date statement of accounts and procedures. This report is available for perusal by partners and other interested parties.
 
To accomplish its various activities the Institute has the vision of “Working with communities for better lives”which it seeks to adapt in all its activities. The main focus is on building capacity of community groups; facilitate resourcing from within; and in-building sustainable mechanisms. AIHD is also focused on building capacity of young people to work with communities in all its activities ensuring a generation of trained and capable professionals in community development.

The Institute for Education in Democracy (IED) is a non-profit making Non-Governmental Organization founded in 1993. IED provides non-partisan contribution and leadership in democratization and governance processes in Kenya and Africa region through four flagship programmes namely electoral processes and institutions of democracy; civic engagement and flames of democracy; research, documentation and dissemination; policy and legal reform.

IED has provided leadership in the democratization and governance sector by consistently promoting democratic governance principles and processes through empowering citizens with skills and information to effectively and efficiency participate in governance and electoral processes in Kenya, strengthening electoral processes and institutions of governance, availing evidence- based electoral data and support to policy formulation and legal reform. With a vision to promote a free, just and democratic society, IED strives to find new and progressive ways to make a valuable contribution to the democracy and governance sector in Kenya through the Strategic Plan 2014 – 2018.
 
The pursuit of good governance in Kenya motivates IED to remain relevant. IED represents civil society in democracy and governance, to produce knowledge management products which inform good governance and democratic processes and leads capacity building initiatives on democracy education in Kenya. The institute strengthens the electoral management body through providing technical support, and works to increase public participation and meaningful engagement in policy formulation.
 

ARTICLE 19 works so that people everywhere can express themselves freely, access information and enjoy freedom of the press. The organization understands freedom of expression as three things:

 

1. Freedom of expression is the right to speak
  • It is the right to voice political, cultural, social and economic opinions
  • It is the right to dissent
  • It makes electoral democracy meaningful and builds public trust in administration.
2. Freedom of expression is freedom of the press
  • It is the right of a free and independent media to report without fear, interference, persecution or discrimination
  • It is the right to provide knowledge, give voice to the marginalised and to highlight corruption
  • It creates an environment where people feel safe to question government action and to hold power accountable.
3. Freedom of expression is the right to know
  • It is the right to access all media, internet, art, academic writings, and information held by government
  • It is the right to use when demanding rights to health, to a clean environment, to truth and to justice
  • It holds governments accountable for their promises, obligations and actions, preventing corruption which thrives on secrecy.
Article 19 designs and promote laws and policies that protect free expression, holding abusers and governments to account, and advocate for legal reforms. Through our legal and policy hot desk, we also respond to urgent requests from activists needing support and expert advice worldwide.
 
Article 19 assists the media in its professional development with a range of training and capacity-building resources on freedom of the press, journalists’ rights, defamation, public interest broadcasting, media pluralism, and reporting diversity.
 
Article 19 defends victims by monitoring and analysing abuses, publicizing the plight of individuals under attack, providing security training and security measures for journalists and human rights defenders, and litigating on their behalf.
 
It also actively demands transparency and accountability by testing governments’ transparency practices and access to information provisions, and by campaigning for the disclosure of information of public interest.
The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) is an organization mandated to advise and assist members of the legal profession, the government and the larger public in all matters relating to the administration of justice in Kenya.
It was established by an Act of Parliament – The Law Society of Kenya Act (Chapter 18 of the Laws of Kenya). The current LSK Act, came into effect in 1992. The LSK has over 7,000 practicing advocates in its membership.
 
LSK Membership
The Law Society of Kenya membership consists of all practicing advocates in Kenya, numbering eight thousand and one. By law, one must be a member of the Law Society of Kenya in order to practice as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya.
 
The Law Society of Kenya also has special and honorary membership. Special membership is conferred upon application to persons who possess the requisite legal qualifications. Honorary membership is conferred by the Council on any person whom it may think fit so to honor. Honorary membership may be conferred for life or for such period as the Council may in any case deem appropriate
 
The Law Society of Kenya and its members are also members of the East Africa Law Society, the African Bar Association, the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, the Criminal Bar Association, and the International Bar Association

www.lsk.or.ke 

 The Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) is the professional organization that regulates the activities of all Certified Public Accountants (the CPA(K)s) in Kenya. It was established in 1978 by theAccountants Act CAP 531. Since then, ICPAK has been dedicated to development and regulation of the accountancy profession in Kenya so as to enhance its contribution and that of its members to national economic growth and development. In 2008, a new Accountants Act No. 15 was enacted to replace the 1978 Accountants Act to take into account the various developments that had shaped the accounting profession in Kenya, and globally.

Institute Mandate
The Accountants Act No 15, 2008 prescribes the following as the functions of the Institute:
  • To promote standards of professional competence and practice amongst members of the Institute
  • To promote research into the subject of accountancy and finance and related matters, and the publication of books, periodicals, journals and articles in connection therewith;
  • To promote the international recognition of the Institute.
  • To advise the Examination Board on matters relating to examinations standards and policies;
  • To advise the Minister on matters relating to financial accountability in all sectors of the economy;
  • To carry out any other functions prescribed for it under any of the other provisions of this Act or any other written law; and
  • To do anything incidental or conducive to the performance of any of the preceding functions.

www.icpak.com

 

Federation of Women Lawyers – Kenya (FIDA Kenya) was established in 1985 after the 3rd UN Conference on Women which was held in Nairobi. Until 1993, FIDA Kenya was affiliated to Federation International De Abogadas (The International Federation of Women Lawyers – FIDA) which was formed in 1944 in Mexico by a group of women lawyers with the aim of promoting women’s rights globally.

FIDA is a non-profit non partisan and non-governmental membership organization of women lawyers in Kenya. The organization is committed to the creation of a society that is free of all forms of discrimination against women through provision of legal aid, women's rights monitoring, education and referral. FIDA (K) was started in 1985 following the third United Nations Conference on Women held in Nairobi. The FIDA (K) secretariat was established in 1991. The vision of FIDA Kenya is to help create a just society that is free from all forms of discrimination against women by reason of their gender or their being female. Realizing that women play and active and significant part in development of our society and form the majority of Kenya's population and yet they face major systematic obstacles that prevent them from full enjoyment of their rights and privileges.
 
FIDA (K)
  • Offers quality legal services to a limited number of women
  • Creates awareness of legal rights and educates women on how to claim them through self representation in court
  • Researches, monitors and reports women's rights violations
  • Lobbies and advocates for the reforms of laws and policies that discriminate against women
  • Undertakes transformative public interest litigation whose impact can lead to amendments in discriminative laws

 

The Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists also known as ICJ Kenya was founded in 1959 and registered as a society in Kenya in 1974. ICJ Kenya is a non-governmental, non-partisan, not for profit making, membership organization registered in Kenya. ICJ Kenya is a National Section of the International Commission of Jurists whose headquarters is in Geneva. It is however autonomous from the ICJ Geneva. Members are drawn from the various divisions of the legal profession and share common beliefs and values on freedom, justice and peace for all, equality, social and economic equity and the respect for human dignity for every human being.

ICJ Kenya's vision is to be a premier organization promoting a just free and equitable society. The organization mission is to protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Kenya and across Africa through the application of legal expertise and international best practices. ICJ Kenya is guided by impartiality, equity, probity, professionalism and responsiveness.
 
Over 300 jurist members comprise the organization which is dedicated to the legal protection of human rights in Kenya, and the African region in terms of the general mandate for national sections defined by Article 4 of the ICJ Statute. ICJ Kenya is governed under a Constitution through an elected council of 7 members that serves for two-year fixed terms.
 
The human rights work of the organization is fulfilled by members through a permanent secretariat where a professional team of full time lawyers is in charge of programmatic activities under the oversight functions of the elected council. Currently, ICJ Kenya is implementing activities within four core programmatic areas under its Strategic Plan 2011 - 2015.
 

Kenya Women Parliamentary Association (KEWOPA) is a membership association of all the women parliamentarians across political parties both elected and nominated in Senate and National Assembly. Its overall goal is to work towards ensuring that women and men are equitably represented in parliament and decision making in public and private spheres to promote sustainable development. It works under the leadership of an Executive Committee headed by a Chairperson and supported by a fully-fledged secretariat that provides technical and administrative support in realizing its vision.

KEWOPA was established in 2001 by eight (8) women parliamentarians with its primary objective being to address the issues of women parliamentarians, building their capacities as legislators and representatives of their constituents and lobbyists of women-centered policies and laws.
 
As a result, KEWOPA increased the visibility and effectiveness of women leaders in influencing key political parties to support the entry of more women into parliament through direct elections and nomination to special seats reserved for parties. As a result the number of women increased from 8 – 18 and KEWOPA became officially registered organization in 2004.
 
Currently there are eighty six (86) Members drawn from the National Assembly, and the Senate as follows:
  • 16 Members elected from single Member constituencies
  • 47 County Women Members of Parliament
  • 5 Nominated Members of the National Assembly from political parties; and
  • 18 nominated senators including 2 representatives of the youth and persons with disabilities respectively
Presently, its overall goal is to work towards ensuring that women and men are equitably represented in parliament and decision making in public and private spheres to promote sustainable development Its core mandate is to promote the advancement of parliamentary democracy by enhancing knowledge and understanding of democratic governance and facilitate the networking of women parliamentarians for the socio-economic development of Kenya. KEWOPA works under the leadership of an Executive Committee headed by a chairperson and supported by a secretariat that provides technical and administrative support in realizing its vision.
 
KEWOPA’s scope of work is based on four strategic areas that are:
  • Legislative and oversight function: It seeks to enhance the individual and collective legislation function of MP’s, advance watch dog building skills, develop leadership skills to increase their participation in parliamentary committees and develop diplomatic and interactive capacities of the members.
  • Representative function: It seeks to boost the individual and collective representative functions of MP’s with regard to constituency development and management and continuous engagement with voters on policy and community issues.
  • Representative function: It seeks to boost the individual and collective representative functions of MP’s with regard to constituency development and management and continuous engagement with voters on policy and community issues.
  • Institutional strengthening: It seeks to enhance its institutional capacity of the secretariat to promote and facilitate the members in their legislative, political and representative functions.

The International Institute for Legislative Affairs (ILA) is a not for profit organization that brings together Christian professionals and students from tertiary institutions in Kenya. ILA offers technical support to government departments, Members of Parliament and other stakeholders in the legislative process in terms of research, drafting of legislation and lobbying. ILA also engages in public education and awareness campaigns to educate the public on proposed and current legislation.

ILA was started in 2004 and registered as a trust in August 2006 under the Trustees (Perpetual Succession) Act. ILA is governed by a board of directors responsible for directing and overseeing the operations of the institute. In 2011, ILA changed its legal status and was registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee.
 
Vision
ILA’s Vision is “To be the institution of choice on matters of the legislative process in Kenya”.
 
Mission
Enhancing the legislative process in Kenya by providing technical support to Members of parliament, lawmaking entities and other stakeholders.

CGD is a registered policy research and advocacy not-for-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen representative institutions and empower civic actors and economic groups for a just and equitable society. It is an active participant in influencing the direction of development and social transformation in Kenya.

Africa Youth Trust (AYT) is an independent, non-partisan, development and advocacy organization. Founded in 2005, AYT is registered in Kenya as a trust under the Trustees (Perpetual Succession) Act. AYT was created specifically to spearhead a Youth Led Development model in Kenya with a view of replication in other African Countries.

Youth Led Development (YLD) is about young people making a living and future for themselves and their communities. YLD involves Economic and Social investments such as business start-ups and community improvement projects, devised and managed by young people. YLD projects involve adult mentors with skills in the respective area being addressed, working with and mentoring the young people.
 
By investing in YLD on a nationwide basis, a country can be transformed. The impact of tens of thousands of young people becoming engaged in hundreds of projects – many of them income-generating – will inject enthusiasm through all sectors, stimulating a complete societal transformation. That is the result we seek!
 

AfriCOG is a non-profit organization that addresses the structural causes of corruption and poor governance in Kenya. Corruption in Africa is a pervasive issue that affects all strata of society. AfriCOG highlights corruption in Africa through permanent civic vigilance. AfriCOG produces research and knowledge products to inform policy.

AfriCOG’s mission is to build and entrench an anti corruption culture through informed and determined action in the public and private sector in Kenya and Africa.
AfriCOG’s strategic priorities are:
  • To conduct research to highlight the structural causes of corruption and its effects on the Kenyan and African people: successive government have mis-diagnosed Kenya’s governance crisis, prescribing superficial solutions to structural problems. Long -term governance reform will not succeed unless structural realities are sustainably addressed;
  • To influence legislation, regulation, public policy and practice through strategic, pre-emptive, governance and anti-corruption interventions and activities including dissemination of information;
  • To reach out to like-minded groups and mobilize new constituencies for reform to counter corruption in Kenya and establish a deeply-rooted culture that rejects corruption and bad governance at all levels.

www.africog.org

NTA is a national, 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 the Societies Act (Cap 108) -Registration number 30764. The NTA represents all citizens, as everyone pays taxes. Since 2006, the NTA has been implementing programmes focused on citizen demand for accountability through monitoring of the quality of public service delivery and the management of devolved funds. NTA has achieved this through the development of social accountability tools (CRCs), civic awareness and citizen capacity-building and initiating partnerships with the government and other service providers, the private sector, civil society organizations and community action groups.