Organisation: Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI)

Amount: £90 000.00

Year: 2016

Duration: 36 months

Country: Kenya


In partnership with Katiba Institute (KI), Kenya, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), India, will support civil society and government in the implementation of the Access to Information (ATI) Act in Kenya.

Right to information (RTI) is a key tool for guaranteeing a number of human rights, particularly economic and social rights. The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative and Katiba Institute are working with civil society organisations and government in both building the Kenyan government’s capacity to share information, and improving civil society’s understanding of and ability to use the ATI Act in the public interest.

The project is working with civil society organisations to raise awareness of right to information, emphasising the value of accessing information held by public authorities. It is also supporting Kenyan government officials in developing an RTI implementation plan.

Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative is facilitating an exchange between Indian civil society, government representatives and their Kenyan counterparts. This exercise in South-to South collaboration will utilise India’s experience, in implementing a similar law since 2005.

Endorsed project title: Building civil society organisations’ capacity to advocate for Right to Information

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Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, India works to promote the practical realisation of human rights in Commonwealth countries focuses on building and reforming systems of governance, essential for the protection and promotion of human rights. CHRI played the lead role in successfully advocating for the adoption of RTI laws in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, the Cayman Islands, Guyana, the Maldives, Malta, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

Katiba Institute

Katiba Institute (KI), Kenya, established in 2011, is a constitutional research, policy and litigation institute focused on the implementation of Kenya’s 2010 Constitution and the development of a culture of constitutionalism in Kenya. KI has experience of working with CHRI to advocate for the adoption of a strong right to information law in Kenya.