Project information

Good Governance & Inclusion of Minorities--Kenya

To contribute to end the discrimination and alleviate the poverty faced by minority and indigenous peoples in Kenya , through the inclusion of minority and indigenous concerns – including specific women concerns - in key political, constitutional and developmental processes.

December 2009 - December 2012

Charity information: Minority Rights Group International (MRG)

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  • Need


    In Kenya, ethnic minorities and indigenous peoples are facing extreme poverty, non respect of their most basic human rights and lack of access to justice to challenge the non-respect of these rights as well as lack of participation to the political and decision-making processes affecting their lives. Local and national government constantly fail to engage with these communities. As a direct result of a lack of capacity and confidence, these groups are unable to hold their government accountable.


    This project will tackle the exclusion of minority and indigenous peoples from the political and governance arena, which is a root cause of their poverty, the discrimination they suffer as well as the turmoil failed by the country.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Strengthen capacities of min./indigenous communities to engage in governance challenges in Kenya.


    » Capacity Building Workshops for minority and indigenous communities for local communities and their representatives.
    » Access to Justice Workshop for leading representatives of minority communities.
    » Keep rural minority communities informed of the latest developments in political and reform processes through the use of mobile phones.

    Strengthened capacities of minority and indigenous communities and the NSA representing them to actively engage in key current governance challenges for the country.

    Aim 2

    Improved dialogue between minority and indigenous NSA and local and national state actors.


    » Publish a report providing an updated account of the situation of Kenyan minority and indigenous communities.
    » Community advocacy campaigns, regular meetings with local MPs, district commissioners, relevant ministries and development actors.

    Success will be improved dialogue between minority and indigenous NSA and local and national state actors to respond to the concerns of minority and indigenous communities.

    Aim 3

    Strengthened citizen voice minority and indigenous communities to secure their rights.


    » Publish two advocacy briefings, one focusing on access to justice for minority and indigenous communities.
    » Run an annual parliamentary event, fostering contacts and exchange between representatives of minority communities and MPs.

    Success will be the strengthening citizen voice in favour of the struggle of minority and indigenous communities to secure their rights

  • Impact


    To empower minority & indigenous peoples so that they can secure the inclusion of their rights in key actions and policies at local/national levels in Kenya. Demonstration of success includes: national policies & new legislation adopted, reports on increased involvement of min. communities in the design/monitoring of processes/policies, advocacy campaigns reaching its objectives, min. issues & solutions are discussed in preparation to 2012 election, and inclusion of min. rights in Constitution.


    Risks include fieldwork and community based activities jeopardised by civil/political unrest. However, MRG has a contingency plan that would be put into place and would encompass this project.


    Reporting to donors will take place on an annual basis, in conjunction with our main donor’s reporting guidelines.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £457,667

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      Amount Heading Description
      £247,942 Staffing total UK and Africa staffing
      £93,873 Publication and research reports, advocacy briefs
      £82,892 Capacity building actions Advocacy campaigns, annual parliamentary event
      £32,960 Monitoring and capital costs monitoring trips, external evaluation, audit fee, office rent and equipment

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    European Commission £449,451 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Kenya nationwide with a particular focus on Rift Valley and Nyanza Provinces


    The project will benefit to all minorities and indigenous peoples in Kenya who will gain from an increased recognition and implementation of their rights across the country as well as the opportunity to directly participate to the governance challenges that Kenya is facing and responding to at the moment. The project will also directly benefit to the Kenya population as such: addressing minority and indigenous issues is likely to have a positive impact on the overall governance of the country.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    There is no other NGO with MRG’s broad mandate on minority issues, nor its high reputation among minority communities, governments and UN human rights bodies. MRG has consultative status with the UN Economic & Social Council and observer status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Furthermore, MRG and partners in Africa have slowly begun to build up experience around minority rights and development, and are trying to link their communities into national development processes

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Endorois Welfare Council (EWC)

    The EWC is the main body representing the Endorois Community.

    Indigenous Fisher Peoples Network (IFNP)

    It will be responsible to implement the actions which aim to engage with the FisherFolks community as well as collaborate with other organizations.

    Ogiek’S People Development Programme (OPDP)

    The organization is the main body representing the Ogiek Community.

    Minority Rights Group Africa (MRGA)

    This is one of the leading organizations working with minority and indigenous communities across the whole of the region.