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Kituo cha Katiba : Background

KcK addresses the problem of governments in East Africa not respecting their constitutions, which leads to gross human rights violations, marginalisation, oppression, civil strife and coups. As a think tank, KcK provides critical and up to date information to East Africans on constitutionalism, good governance and democratic development. For example, KcK's fact-finding missions provide information and give prominence to critical constitutional, governance and democratic issues peculiar to specific countries and the region.

Her Annual State of Constitutionalism Project that audits the constitutional and governance landscape in the region is a useful source of information on the progress, challenges and prospects in the area. KcK's work aims to empower East Africans to hold their governments answerable in order to influence the way they are governed so that there is ultimately a respectful relationship between the leaders and the led.

Vision

Constitutionalism that promotes good governance and democratic development in Eastern Africa.

Mission Statement

To promote a culture of constitutionalism, where the constitution is a living document that reflects the aspirations and needs of men and women in democratic and participatory governance in Eastern Africa.

Core Values

We at Kituo cha Katiba value:

  • Inclusive participation.
  • Respect for human rights and rule of law.
  • Equality and non-discrimination.
  • Accountability, transparency, integrity and consistency.

Strategic Objectives

  • To undertake research, production, collection, data banking, archiving and disseminating of information, and to promote the use of ICT to foster public dialogue and debate.
  • To provide effective mechanisms and fora to engage in dialogue, self-reflection and critical debate over constitutionalism, good governance and democratic development.
  • To strengthen the knowledge base of the staff to manage and implement it's programmes through training and other forms of capacity building.

Regionalism as KcK's Niche & Comparative Advantage

In view of fostering the benefits of regional cooperation, with the establishment of the East Africa Community, KcK provides a regional institutional framework for the promotion of constitutionalism good governance and democratic development in East Africa. The tendency of most stakeholders is to act in a manner that meets the exigencies of the moment or that address a particular crisis. These efforts are local in nature and often represent short-term solutions.

Few institutions are equipped with the capacity or design to adopt long-term perspectives on constitutional issues and to consider them within the framework of general constitutional development. As a regional institution, KcK is uniquely and strategically placed to use its regional placement as a conduit for negotiation between government and civil society, from a vantage point that is different from that provided by national organizations. KcK’s application of a comparative analysis of issues of constitutionalism makes it a strong advocacy and pressure group. KcK therefore encapsulates the varied dimensions of constitutional reform and transition that are taking place within the region and brings them within a single framework.

In summation, KcK is a catalyst regional organization for constitutional development and EAC implementation as well as a facilitator towards East Africaness.