Following the adoption of a new Constitution in 2010, its implementation has seen significant improvements in the promotion and protection of human rights, gender equality and access to justice. The Kenyan general elections in 2013 were also the first with effective electoral dispute resolution processes in place. Nonetheless, the legal and judicial reform process is ongoing to ensure the country’s sustainable development, foster public confidence in the judiciary and strengthen Kenya’s transformation.
IDLO is supporting the constitutional implementation process in Kenya by providing technical assistance and capacity development to institutions at both national and county levels.
Gender equality and the rule of law are complementary and mutually reinforcing. Yet despite promising and widely celebrated constitutional provisions, the road to implementation is long. There is a need to develop gender-responsive laws and policies and enact legislation towards improving social, economic and political participation of women.
IDLO is working in Kenya to improve coordination among government institutions, civil society and other actors and strengthen legal frameworks to ensure they recognize and protect women’s rights.
Kenya’s steady economic growth is partially due to the progressive constitutional provisions related to natural resource management, which have created the space for new laws, policies, guidelines and other enabling legal instruments.
As part of the broader efforts in Kenya across many relevant sectors at the national and county levels, IDLO provided technical assistance to develop the 2016 Mining Act, repealing colonial mining laws. The new legislation is seen to contribute significantly and sustainably to Kenya’s economy, with provisions on human rights, biodiversity and equitable benefit sharing.
With the commitment to implementing the United Nations' 2030 Agenda, IDLO's activities in Kenya worked to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals 5, 10, 12, 15 and 16. [ Find out more ]