Kenya

In Kenya the organizations supported by KIOS have contributed to the improvement of the situation of women and girls, increased the slum dwellers right to clean and healthy environment and decreased the discrimination against sexual and gender minorities.

Economic development without human rights for all

Kenya’s economic growth has been significant in the recent decades. The new Constitution encompasses widely human rights for all. However, the positive development hasn’t reached all Kenyans. A notable number of the population don’t have secured income, sufficient education or an equal position in the society. For instance the realization of the rights of women and children, sexual minorities and slum dwellers is often lacking. Development has been especially slow in Northern Kenya where measures are needed to ensure primary education and quality health care for all.

Security threats and culture of impunity

Terror attacks, mainly attributed to al-Shabaab, have increased the general insecurity in the country. Counter terror measures have also led to serious human rights violations, and especially Somali refugees and Kenyan Muslims have been targeted. Furthermore, security legislation in Kenya has been tightened and police given wider powers. The government has also tightened its grip of the civil society and accused the local organizations of acting as international agents.

Strong Kenyan civil society

Kenya has strong civil society which does versatile work for human rights. KIOS supports organizations working in local communities in Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa, and in the Counties of Garissa and Samburu. The organizations seek to increase the human rights awareness and participation of the local people. KIOS also supports initiatives that seek to strengthen the national legislations and influence decision makers in order to make human rights a reality.


Kenya

  • Active period: 2003–2020
  • Total funding: 2,248,404 €
  • Total projects: 53

Related organisations

  • Persons Marginalized and Aggrieved in Kenya (PEMA Kenya)
  • National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC)
  • InformAction
  • Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU)
  • Kistrech Theatre International
  • KISORA Self Help Group
  • Haki na Sheria Initiative
  • Samburu Women Trust
  • Keeping Alive Societies Hope
  • Center for Justice Governance and Environmental Action
  • Kamukunji Paralegal Trust

Projects (53)

  • Kenya
  • 2018–2019
  • Persons Marginalized and Aggrieved in Kenya (PEMA Kenya)

Beyond Inclusion Project

37,500 €
  • Kenya
  • 2018–2019

Enhancing Access to Justice for Sexual & Gender Minorities in Kenya

63,600 €
  • Kenya
  • 2018–2020
  • Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU)

Enhancing Prevention and Response to Torture, Violence and Discrimination among Vulnerable Women and Youth in Kenya

110,700 €
  • Kenya
  • 2018–2019
  • InformAction

Enhancing Women’s participation in County Governance in Kenya

64,500 €
  • Kenya
  • 2017–2018
  • KISORA Self Help Group

Governance and Human Rights Project

27,900 €
  • Kenya
  • 2016–2017
  • Center for Justice Governance and Environmental Action

To promote the participatory rights and the right for the clean and healthy environment of the communities negatively affected by natural resource extraction in the coastal region of Kenya

59,200 €
  • Kenya
  • 2016–2017
  • Keeping Alive Societies Hope

Consolidating and strengthening the human rights gains made for female sex workers’ and MSMs’ sake in Kisumu

35,100 €
  • Kenya
  • 2015–2016
  • Haki na Sheria Initiative

Power to the people: enhancing poor pastoralist communities access to justice and participation in their governance

53,100 €
  • Kenya
  • 2015–2016
  • KISORA Self Help Group

Human Rights and Forced Eviction Project Phase Two

37,800 €
  • Kenya
  • 2015–2016
  • Center for Justice Governance and Environmental Action

Media as a tool for the realization of environmental justice and socio economic rights in Kenya

25,200 €
  • Kenya
  • 2015–2016
  • Kamukunji Paralegal Trust

A joint project of KAPLET’s Health & Human Rights Advocacy Project in Kenya and Community Paralegal Training & Support on Human Rights, Laws & Legal Procedures

35,600 €
  • Kenya
  • 2015–2016
  • Samburu Women Trust

Enhancing Human Rights of Indigenous Girls and Women in Samburu Community

51,000 €
  • Kenya
  • 2014–2016
  • Kistrech Theatre International

Providing Human Rights Education to Students and Teachers

36,800 €
  • Kenya
  • 2014–2015
  • Samburu Women Trust

Enhancing Human Rights of Indigenous Girls Samburu Community

23,400 €
  • Kenya
  • 2014–2016
  • Keeping Alive Societies Hope

Expanding the human rights spaces for the benefit of female and male sex workers in Kisumu through enlightening gatekeepers and target populations

19,800 €
  • Kenya
  • 2013–2014
  • KISORA Self Help Group

Human Rights and Forced Eviction Project

9,000 €
  • Kenya
  • 2013–2014
  • Haki na Sheria Initiative

Towards justice for victims of gross human rights abuse in Northern Kenya

19,500 €
  • Kenya
  • 2013–2015
  • Association of Media Women in Kenya

Strengthening access to information and up-scaling of peace, human rights and gender equity through awareness creation using media in Kwale and Kilifi Counties

59,900 €
  • Kenya
  • 2012–2013
  • Kistrech Theatre International

Empowering Students and Teachers with Human Righst Skills

42,900 €
  • Kenya
  • 2012–2016
  • Gay Kenya Trust

Breaking the Myths: Acknowledging, Tolerance and Sensitivity for LGBTI Persons in Kenya

27,700 €
  • Kenya
  • 2012–2015
  • Youth Alive! Kenya

Partnership Programme: Year 3 (2012-2013)

48,000 €
  • Kenya
  • 2012–2015
  • Kamukunji Paralegal Trust

Community Paralegal Trainings and Support on Human Rights, Laws and Legal Procedures (Phase Three)

29,900 €
  • Kenya
  • 2012–2015
  • Hakijamii (Economic and Social Rights Centre)

Promoting the implementation of the constitution through policy and legislative advocacy in Kenya

91,800 €
  • Kenya
  • 2012–2015
  • Rieko Kenya

Eliminating the Practice of FGM in Migori County

24,700 €
  • Kenya
  • 2012–2014
  • Coalition for Peace in Africa

Enhancing women’s understanding of their women human rights

43,600 €
  • Kenya
  • 2011–2013
  • Regional Organization on Resource Based Conflicts RBC Network

Conflict Prevention and Peace Building from a Human Rights Perspective

18,500 €
  • Kenya
  • 2011–2015
  • Youth Alive! Kenya

Juvenile Justice Project

41,900 €
  • Kenya
  • 2011–2013
  • Association of Media Women in Kenya

Promoting women’s rights and gender equity within the context of Kenya new constitution through awareness creation using community radio listening groups in Kwale and Kilifi Counties

27,500 €
  • Kenya
  • 2010–2012
  • Hakijamii (Economic and Social Rights Centre)

Promoting People-Based Advocacy for Economic and Social Rights in Kenya Final: Creating Linkages among Social Movements as an Exit Strategy

81,900 €
  • Kenya
  • 2010–2012
  • Kamukunji Paralegal Trust

Paralegal Training and Support on Human rights, Laws and Legal Procedures (Phase Two) 

9,500 €
  • Kenya
  • 2010–2012
  • Gay Kenya Trust

Capacity Building for the LGBTI Rights Advocacy in Kenya 

9,000 €
  • Kenya
  • 2010–2013
  • Independent Medico-Legal Unit

Advocating for a Better Legal and Policy Framework to Combat Torture and Violence against Women in Kenya

85,400 €
  • Kenya
  • 2010–2011
  • Kistrech Theatre Club

Human Rights Education to Students and Teachers

15,200 €
  • Kenya
  • 2009–2013
  • Youth Alive! Kenya

KIOS – Youth Alive! Kenya Partnership Programme

23,000 €
  • Kenya
  • 2009–2010
  • Kistrech Theatre Club

Human Rights Education for Students and Teachers in Areas Worst Hit by Post Election Violence

9,600 €
  • Kenya
  • 2009–2011
  • Youth Alive! Kenya

Juvenile Justice Project

98,300 €
  • Kenya
  • 2009–2011
  • Amani Communities Africa

Capacity Building for Grassroots Women’s Rights Groups in Kenya, Maasai and Meru Communities

104,200 €
  • Kenya
  • 2008–2009
  • Family Mediation and Conciliation

Advocacy for Women’s Rights, Gender Equity and Children’s Rights

44,700 €
  • Kenya
  • 2008–2009
  • Youth Alive! Kenya

KIOS – Youth Alive! Kenya Partnership Programme

10,000 €
  • Kenya
  • 2008–2010
  • Independent Medico-Legal Unit

Torture Documentation and Rehabilitation Project for the Most Vulnerable

97,990 €
  • Kenya
  • 2007–2009
  • Independent Medico-Legal Unit

Torture Documentation and Rehabilitation Project for the Most Vulnerable

88,100 €
  • Kenya
  • 2007–2009
  • Young Widows

Strengthening Sexual, Property and Inheritance Rights Among Young Widows and Orphans

7,600 €
  • Kenya
  • 2007–2008
  • Family Mediation and Conciliation

Training Project on Women’s Human Rights for Peace and Development

36,000 €
  • Kenya
  • 2007–2010
  • Hakijamii (Economic and Social Rights Centre)

Promoting People-Based Advocacy for Economic and Social Rights in Kenya Phase II

75,900 €
  • Kenya
  • 2007–2009
  • Youth Alive! Kenya

Juvenile Justice Project Phase II

45,500 €
  • Kenya
  • 2006–2009
  • St. John´s Community Centre

Human Rights Awareness and Capacity Building

31,700 €
  • Kenya
  • 2006–2007
  • Youth Alive! Kenya

Juvenile Justice Project

32,900 €
  • Kenya
  • 2005–2007
  • Hakijamii (Economic and Social Rights Centre)

Promoting People-Based Advocacy for Economic and Social Rights in Kenya

45,900 €
  • Kenya
  • 2005–2007
  • Independent Medico-Legal Unit

Rehabilitation of Torture Victims

30,000 €
  • Kenya
  • 2005–2007
  • Family Mediation and Conciliation

Training Project on Women’s Human Rights for Peace and Development

29,300 €
  • Kenya
  • 2003–2005
  • Organisation for the Survival IL-Laikipiak Indigenous Maasai Group Initiatives

Paralegal Training and Human Rights Awareness

15,800 €
  • Kenya
  • 2003–2005
  • St. John´s Community Centre

Promotion of Human Rights in Kamukunji

30,000 €
  • Kenya
  • 2003–2006
  • St. John´s Community Centre

Paralegal Training and Human Rights Awareness in Kamkunji

24,806 €

News (20)

KIOS 20 years – celebrating the achievements and the unyielding nature of human rights work
  • 3 Jul 2018
  • News
  • Kenya

KIOS 20 years – celebrating the achievements and the unyielding nature of human rights work

KIOS partner KISORA in the spotlight.   Kisumu at the center of human rights development   The new governance structures …

Hidden tradition  – girl child beading in Samburu communities
  • 8 Mar 2017
  • News
  • Kenya

Hidden tradition – girl child beading in Samburu communities

Beading tradition, female genital mutilation and early marriages are intertwined in Samburu communities. KIOS partner organisation Samburu Women Trust (SWT) …

Ilman ihmisoikeuksia ei ole kehitystä – KIOSin teoksen julkistamistilaisuus
  • 24 Nov 2016
  • News
  • Bangladesh
  • Ethiopia
  • Kenya
  • Nepal
  • Other countries
  • Regional projects

Ilman ihmisoikeuksia ei ole kehitystä – KIOSin teoksen julkistamistilaisuus

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Support to Human Rights NGOs Declining – The Work and Security of Activists is at Risk
  • 2 Oct 2015
  • News
  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Burundi
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Ethiopia
  • Kenya
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Rwanda
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tibet
  • Uganda

Support to Human Rights NGOs Declining – The Work and Security of Activists is at Risk

KIOS organized an international seminar on cooperation and protection of human rights defenders on 29th September 2015. During the event …

A Documentary Film Draws Attention to Human Rights Work in Kenya
  • 12 Jun 2015
  • News
  • Kenya

A Documentary Film Draws Attention to Human Rights Work in Kenya

Kenyan TV channel KTN (Kenya Television Network) has produced a documentary film on human rights work directed by Phyllis Omido. …

YLE: Power of Human Rights Activists Increasing, but Lives Get Endangered
  • 13 Jan 2015
  • News
  • Kenya
  • Uganda

YLE: Power of Human Rights Activists Increasing, but Lives Get Endangered

Two human rights defenders visiting KIOS’ Autumn Seminar 2014 were interviewed on human rights work conducted by civil society. The …

Note of Condolences on the Passing of Human Rights Activist Mr. Odindo Opiata
  • 22 Aug 2014
  • News
  • Kenya

Note of Condolences on the Passing of Human Rights Activist Mr. Odindo Opiata

KIOS office is saddened to share the news of the passing of Kenyan human rights activist, Mr. Odindo Opiata. Opiata, …

  • 3 May 2012
  • News
  • Kenya

Uganda: KIOS Partner Gerald Kankya Wins EU Human Rights Defender Award

Gerald Kankya, Programme Coordinator and a founding member of Twerwaneho Listeners Club (TLC), has won the 2012 European Union Human Rights Defender (HRD) Award in Uganda.

KIOS – YAK Partnership Programme: Encouraging Outcomes from the Evaluation
  • 9 Feb 2011
  • News
  • Kenya

KIOS – YAK Partnership Programme: Encouraging Outcomes from the Evaluation

KIOS – Youth Alive! Kenya Partnership Programme has been a success from the point of view of its stakeholders: KIOS, YAK and the participating groups, points out an evaluation carried out recently. The evaluation recommends that KIOS and YAK continue implementing the Programme also in the future.

YAKin tavoitteena on oikeusjärjestelmä, jossa lapsia ei kohdella aikuisina
  • 1 Mar 2010
  • News
  • Kenya

YAKin tavoitteena on oikeusjärjestelmä, jossa lapsia ei kohdella aikuisina

Kenian oikeusjärjestelmä kohtelee rikkeen tehneitä lapsia usein samoin perustein kuin aikuisia ottamatta huomioon rikkeen tehneiden nuorten elinolosuhteita, köyhyyttä tai kouluttamattomuutta. KIOSin hankekumppani YAK pyrkii työllään kehittämään oikeusjärjestelmää, joka perustuisi nuorten sopeuttamiseen takaisin yhteiskuntaan.

  • 15 Jan 2010
  • News
  • Kenya

Taistelu slummien asukkaiden taloudellisista ja sosiaalisista oikeuksista Keniassa

Kenian taloudellisesta kasvusta huolimatta taloudellisten ja sosiaalisten oikeuksien toteutuminen Kenian slummialueilla on edelleen heikkoa. Hallituksen ja paikallisviranomaisten toimet ongelmien ratkaisemiseksi ovat olleet riittämättömiä.

Conflicting Women’s Rights – Human Rights Framework to Women’s Role in Post Conflict Countries
  • 11 Nov 2009
  • News
  • Afghanistan
  • Kenya
  • Pakistan
  • Uganda

Conflicting Women’s Rights – Human Rights Framework to Women’s Role in Post Conflict Countries

If we want issues of human rights violations and impunity to remain on the agenda of international diplomacy, civil society needs to highlight these issues continuously, was the conclusion of the seminar organized by KIOS on 10-11 November 2009 in Helsinki.

  • 15 Sep 2009
  • News
  • Kenya

Youth Alive! Kenya and KIOS launch a new partnership programme

Youth Alive! Kenya and KIOS have rolled out a new partnership programme that aims to identify and support community based human rights groups to harness their full potential and become key human rights actors in their region and ultimately nationally.

Follow-up and assessment mission to Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi
  • 11 Jun 2009
  • News
  • Burundi
  • Kenya
  • Rwanda
  • Uganda

Follow-up and assessment mission to Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi

KIOS Director Elisa Mikkola and Project Coordinator Sari Naskinen visited Kenya and Uganda 17 – 25 April 2009. Both countries belong to the geographical focus area of KIOS, and are among the biggest project countries for KIOS.

FAMEC is Bringing Women’s Rights Home in Kenya
  • 1 Jun 2009
  • News
  • Kenya

FAMEC is Bringing Women’s Rights Home in Kenya

Communities and their rules affect Maasai women’s life much more than Kenyan legislation. The communities follow patriarchal traditions, due to which women are not expected to participate in community decision-making.

IMLU Fights against Torture in Kenya with KIOS’ Support
  • 1 Jan 2009
  • News
  • Kenya

IMLU Fights against Torture in Kenya with KIOS’ Support

In Kenya, politically motivated torture exists especially in police cells and prisons. The victims of torture are often poor or unemployed, and because of their status, unable to demand for their rights.

  • 18 Dec 2008
  • News
  • Kenya

Follow-up and assessment mission to Kenya and Tanzania

KIOS Director Elisa Mikkola and Project Coordinator Sari Naskinen visited Kenya and Tanzania 18 November – 3 December 2008.

George Kogolla: ”We wanted to show that young people can be an asset”
  • 20 Nov 2008
  • News
  • Kenya

George Kogolla: ”We wanted to show that young people can be an asset”

The status of young people has always been weak in Kenya, even though majority of the population is under-aged. Youth Alive! Kenya is an organization for young people, providing children and adolescents an opportunity to improve their quality of life.

Odindo Opiata: “Are we working for people or with people?”
  • 15 Nov 2008
  • News
  • Kenya

Odindo Opiata: “Are we working for people or with people?”

Economic and Social Rights Centre Hakijamii is one of the few organizations in Kenya promoting economic and social rights. Hakijamii aims to promote the rights of slums’ inhabitants in Nairobi and Kisumu among others by training, campaigning and doing information work.

KIOS’ 10-year Anniversary Seminar Discussed Democracy on Grassroots’ Level
  • 24 Oct 2008
  • News
  • Kenya
  • Nepal
  • Uganda

KIOS’ 10-year Anniversary Seminar Discussed Democracy on Grassroots’ Level

Democracy cannot be dictated from the outside – it is a long process that needs to originate from the grassroots. This was stated in the 10-year anniversary seminar hosted by KIOS on 21st to 22nd October 2008.