The Ecumenical Centre for Justice and Peace (ECJP) is a non-partisan ecumenical group of people from different religious convictions working for peace through justice. The Centre was formed by a group of people from different religious convictions to contribute to the enhancement of peace in the country through promotion of justice, democracy, good governance and respect for human rights. The centre was founded on 15th November 1995 and commenced its programme work in January 1996.
The centre aims to be the most effective and competent civic education provider institution in the country. Its founders envisioned an institution that would contribute to good governance and the democratization process, the promotion and protection of human rights, peace building and peaceful coexistence, in Kenya.
It is clear from the mission of ECJP that its core areas are in line with HSF's key project areas which are civic education and promotion of good governance. The foundation has worked with ECJP over the last fifteen years and has made a clear mark in the field of civic education. The mission and vision of ECJP is attained by carrying out activities such as civic education workshop based interventions, production and dissemination of relevant information, education and communication materials on issues of concern.
HSF has supported the production of various publications that have been effective in educating the masses on the governance process and how they can fully participate in it.
The Institute of Communication and Development International (ICDI) is a registered International Non Governmental Organization (INGO) that began its operations in 2009. One of its main objectives is to train adult Kenyans and assist them acquire skills, knowledge and attitudes and in turn sensitize them about their rights and responsibilities.
In order to execute this objective, ICDI has carried out several activities over the years which include: training of 300 trainers for civic education on the harmonized draft on The Constitution of Kenya as well as training communities on voter education during by elections in at least five constituencies.
In partnership with Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF), ICDI has been able to conduct intensive training of at least 500 community leaders and CDF officials on different aspects of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), how to identify projects, monitoring, procurement and quality control. These trainings have been conducted in 8 constituencies i.e. Sirisia, Lamu East and West, Mbita, Kisumu rural, Mutito, Mwingi North and Laikipia East. They are part of the HSF focal area of social accountability.
With the entrenchment of the devolved system of government, HSF together with ICDI have partnered to build the capacity of Members of County Assemblies MCAs. So far the trainings have been done in two counties i.e. Nyandarua and Nyeri. The trainings focus on empowering the elected leaders with skills on legislation, budgeting and financial management as well as oversight. The trainings have yielded positive results in as far as increasing the knowledge of the leaders on their roles in the devolved government. Additionally, the trained MCAs from Nyandarua County were able to come up with 3 Bills that were presented to their county assembly following the training they received.
The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) was founded in 1990 in Pretoria. In the early 1990s the focus of the ISS was on the transformation of the armed forces, the biggest threat to democracy in South Africa. In the latter part of the 1990s the focus changed to rising crime and the response of the criminal justice system to these trends. The ISS currently has four divisions that contribute to human security not only in South Africa but also in various parts of Africa.
Today the ISS has staff of around 160 people from 17 African countries across four offices spread out over the African continent. Its objective is to add critical balance and objectivity by providing empirical research and contextual analysis of relevant human security issues to policy makers, area specialists, advocacy groups and the media.
HSF South Africa has been a long-standing partner of the ISS and particularly supports the Governance, Crime and Justice Division. The Division works to improve public policy and increase knowledge about crime, crime prevention and the performance of the criminal justice system in South Africa. This is done by monitoring social trends and policy developments, conducting in-depth research, disseminating credible and relevant information and analysis and providing specific expertise. The Governance, Crime and Justice Division publishes the South African Crime Quarterly and developed the Crime & Justice Hub, an interactive online tool that provides information and analysis on crime statistics for South Africa.
HSF also supports the African Futures project, implemented by the ISS.
The African Futures Project is a collaboration between the Institute for Security Studies, the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, and is supported by the Hanns Seidel Foundation. The Pardee Center is the home of the International Futures modeling system, an integrated approach to exploring and understanding human development and the broad implications of policy choices. The ISS and the Pardee Center leverage each others’ expertise in order to provide forward-looking, policy-relevant material that frames uncertainty around human development in Africa. Trends analysed by the project are largely human development issues, such as population growth, economics, infrastructure, agriculture and governance, amongst others.
In 2013, the African Future project focuses on South Africa. South African data from various national and international sources, which has been validated in collaboration with experts from the authorities and the scientific community, is currently being entered into the International Futures model. The material that will be available through the model is expected to support the implementation of the National Development Plan and its Vision 2030.
Several policy briefs, videos and publications have so far been produced in the framework of the project. These can be accessed here.
INUKA Kenya Trust is a grassroots social movement founded in 2009. It is a non-profit organisation dedicated to inspiring Kenyans at every level to take charge of improving their own lives. INUKA believes that it is up to Kenyans to transform Kenya and Kenyan problems must be met with Kenyan solutions.
INUKA promotes Heshima (dignity and respect for others), Diversity (inclusiveness and equality) and Self-Belief (Ni Sisi! – It is us!). It is an organisation aimed at turning despair into hope especially for youth and others who feel that they have been left behind and at creating a public space that will allow for a new, accountable and patriotic leadership to emerge.
INUKA gives Kenyans access to information and freedom to express their views through radio, television, live performances, INUKA’s website and SMS platform so that they are empowered to demand for their constitutional rights as Kenyan citizens.
HSF together with INUKA works closely on civic and voters education that comprises of political debates on community as well as constituency level in different parts of Nairobi, mainly in slum areas. The debates focus on good leadership qualities and give recommendations on how to assess the candidates and choose good leaders in future elections.
The Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations was founded in 1999 and is registered under the Societies Act Cap. 108, section 10. It is a non-political, non-profit, non denominational, a non-racial welfare society that seeks to accelerate equal access to public services by all Kenyans at all times.
KARA is an umbrella organization fully mandated to coalesce with a view of tackling the service delivery challenged people face on a daily basis in a structurally unified voice. It is the apex body representing the voice and pro-active action of resident associations on both consumers and taxpayers’ rights country wide with the aim of accelerating access to public service delivery. In terms of its focus areas, KARA uses advocacy to address issues such as good governance and public accountability, environment, education, security, water, land, judicial and overall consumers’ and related taxpayers concerns.
HSF together with KARA jointly organize bi-monthly talk series on issues of public interest. These issues bring to light discussion form various points of view with the Government on one hand, civil society, private sector and development partners on the other hand. During these forums government officials are present and this gives a chance for direct political dialogue for the participants.
In order to fully carry out its mandate, KARA works closely with the Government of Kenya and sits on a number of stakeholder committees such as the Local Government Ministerial Stakeholders Forum, Water Ministerial Stakeholders Forum among others. This gives the Association an opportunity to make know the concerns of the taxpayers.
The Kenya Vision 2030 is a national long term development blue print that aims to transform Kenya into a newly industrialising, middle income country providing a high quality life to all its citizens by 2030 in a clean and secure environment.
In order to achieve this goal, the Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat has divided its work into 3 pillars namely; social, economic and political pillar. Each pillar has its own mandate and vision that is in line with the development blue print.
Of interest to the Hanns Seidel foundation (HSF) and the climate change project is the social pillar whose main objective is investing in the people of Kenya in order to improve the quality of life for all Kenyans by targeting a cross section of human and social welfare projects. Under this pillar is the environmental sub sector which aims to provide a clean and secure environment for the citizens of Kenya.
The partnership with Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF), the Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat as well as the Intasave-Caribsave Partnership aims to integrate climate change adaptation measures into national development projects. This unique partnership will lead to the overall sensitization of the Kenya Vision 2030 Secretariat and key decision makers who will in the end systematically integrate climate change issues into national development projects.
The INTASAVE Partnership & CARIBSAVE is a global Not for Profit international organisation that works with governments, regional organisations to address critical issues surrounding climate change.
INTASAVE-CARIBSAVE specialises in innovative climate change solutions and sustainable international development; supporting and enhancing livelihoods, economies and environment around the world. In collaboration with partners and stakeholders, INTASAVE-CARIBSAVE design and implement successful, replicable and innovative projects across the environmental and economic spectrum.
Their mission statement is supporting and enhancing livelihoods, economies and the environment around the world in an era of global environmental change and economic restructuring, proving innovative, dynamic and evidence based solutions through thematic areas. INTASAVE – CARIBSAVE
INTASAVE-CARIBSAVE and the Hanns Seidel Foundation have partnered together with the Kenya Vision 2030 Secretariat and have come up with a project that seeks to integrate climate change adaptation measures into national development projects. This unique partnership will lead to the overall sensitization of the Kenya Vision 2030 Secretariat and key decision makers who will in the end systematically integrate climate change issues into national development projects. Ultimately, the project will visibly contribute towards Kenya’s implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC).
Development Trust Innovation Africa is an independent private organization that was started in 2008 and has since concentrated its activities in Kenya. Its specific objective is to promote an improved quality of life in a sustainable living environment through an effective and responsive local government which develops and implements urban and rural planning.
DTIA promoted development through innovative technology in support of innovative partnerships. The Trust has a focus on environmental management in partnership with local authorities. In order to effectively carry out its mandate, DTIA works closely with local authorities such as the County Councils of Makueni, Nakuru and Wareng and the Ministry of Local Government.
HSF together with DTIA conducted public forums in Makueni County and Busia County for civil society representatives and other local leaders to discuss and agree on development priorities for their respective counties. Based on the devolved government system under the new constitution, citizens have the right to participate in local development. At the end of each forum, the participants presented the most important development issues to aspiring politicians in their county.