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The strategic thrust of AMKA in the next five years will consist in (a) a programme strategy and (b) an institutional strengthening strategy.
Within each of these, we shall have a primary and a secondary thrust. While the secondary thrust consists of our core business, the primary thrust will be about our future orientation. More so, as it relates to the emerging realities in the social justice arena. We have engineered our programmes and the institutional set up to respond to the rapidly changing environment particularly with regard to the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT). This has also been motivated by a need to borrow innovations from similar institutions operating in Kenya and Africa at large.

The Innovation

Experience has shown that Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) components especially mediation tend to conclude cases faster than the traditional legal representation. Further, Article 159(2)(c) of the Constitution of Kenya recognises ADR and encourages it as a form of dispute resolution to be applied by courts. As a result, the primary thrust of this programme will be ADR, self representation (training litigants to effectively represent themselves in court), and public interest litigation (PIL). Legal aid provisioning in partnership with University based Legal clinics, grassroots organisations working with the target groups and other social justice institutions will be a secondary thrust. Without compromising on the quality of justice accessed to the poor, minority, and marginalized groups, the AJP will emphasize on the speed of delivering justice. Apart from promoting the ‘quick justice’ measures on the demand side, we shall also engage with the supply side of the justice sector through established mediation institutions and the Court Annexed Mediation.
Further, contrary to the ordinary practice where organisations pursue PIL cases up to judgment stage, we will process our cases from the inception stage to the implementation of the judgment through policy, legislative and practice change. This will be achieved through strategic collaborations with the policy makers and the media.

  • For the next five years, the AJP programme intends to transform the manner in which the supply and demand sides of justice transact. Experience has shown us that when the demand for justice exceeds supply, the cost of transacting justice goes up. AJP expects to create a balance between the two sides of justice in favour of the poor, minority and marginalized members of the society, first in Kenya, thereafter the rest of Africa.

    The Strategic Intention

The Interventions

The AJP programme has seven interrelated interventions aimed at chain-linking the demand and supply sides of justice.

This will be AMKA’s flagship intervention. We expect to use this litigation approach to fill in gaps in policy and law, to align domestic laws to international standards, and to increase pro minority and marginalised sensitivity in our legal system.

AMKA will partner with university legal clinics and specific law firms to provide free legal services. We expect to initiate an active data base of pro bono lawyers and legal clinics who will be contacted to provide their expertise in inter alia, PIL, mediation and training in self representation clients.

AMKA will develop training manuals on self representation and train the target groups. Self representation is undoubtedly a transformative aspect of access to justice which has proven effective in Kenya particularly in children rights cases. Training clients in self representation as an intervention will ensure that as many people as possible access courts for the protection and enforcement of their rights. We plan to partner with grassroots organisations and communities to drive the self-representation intervention with minimal technical support from AMKA in partnership with University Legal Clinics.

Like self representation, this is another aspect of ‘quick justice’. Using our pool of pro-bono lawyers, and other trained mediators, we expect to use this intervention to reduce case load in legal representation. We will also partner with Judiciary in the Court Annexed Mediation programme to process our cases.

Our intention is to engage with the existing informal justice systems such as chiefs, elders and 'wazee wa nyumba kumi' in order to make justice accessible to the poor, minority and marginalized who cannot afford the formal court system. This aspect will be promoted at county levels because the informal justice system is more vibrant within the communities. We expect this to provide quick dispensation of justice at an affordable price.

This intervention takes on deserving cases and provides legal aid services in the form of advice, referrals or actual representation in court. We expect to work closely with the National Legal Aid Scheme, Partner University Legal Clinics and Non Governmental Organizations within the justice sector.

The Innovation.

This programme has been engineered to respond to the realities of the Constitutional dispensation in Kenya and changing land scape of human rights violations and bad governance in Africa. The GHR will focus more on engagements at policy level, more specifically to strategically implement the positive outcomes of the impact public interest cases undertaken under the access to justice programme. Its operations will be informed by the happenings at community level through one of its interventions. The innovation here is to focus more on transformative aspects of good governance and human rights principles through PIL and strategic partnerships with grassroots organisations that serve the minority and marginalised groups.

  • For the next five years, the GHR programme will work towards sustainable transformative human rights environment and good governance for the poor, minority, and marginalized groups Kenya thereafter Africa at large. The strategic
    intention of GHR therefore will be to consolidate the gains made in the past, and to use them for transformative policy change in the systems.

    Our Strategic Intentions

The Interventions

This programme has three interventions.

This intervention will focus on ‘below the line’ engagements with communities and municipal duty bearers. It will deal with inter alia:

  1. Engagement with administrative officers such as registrars, police and local authority.
  2. Civic education provisioning and awareness on progressive constitution provisions through use of ICT platforms.
  3. Rights monitoring through community action
  4. Community monitoring of governance matters such as devolved funds and budgets.
  5. Strengthen/capacity of law clinics so that to increase access to justice institutions
  6. Training and equipping chiefs, 'wazee wa nyumba kumi'

We intend to undertake policy, legislative and practice advocacy to implement judgments obtained through PIL and other access to justice interventions. Experience has shown that the crisis is not at the top. In most instances, the challenge is not a policy or legislation crisis; it is a practice crisis. That is, both policy and legislation may be in place, but the problem is the implementation culture amongst duty bearers. Our focus will therefore go a step lower to deal with implementation. Practice advocacy here will focus on the institutional culture that denies entitlements to the poor man and woman, the minority and marginalised groups. In doing advocacy around policy and practice, we shall use three approaches; lobbying, representation and campaigns. The media shall be a key partner.

Monitoring government compliance with international rights instruments affecting the poor, minority and marginalized will be an area of interest for AMKA in the next five years. This intervention will include the engagement with the East African Court of Justice, the African Commission and other regional and international human rights institutions. The production of shadow reports, engaging in Universal Peer Review (UPR) mechanisms and providing technical support to government regarding the instruments where necessary.
Under this intervention, we will also carry out research in two aspects. First, public interest research which will focus on issues affecting the poor, minority, and marginalized. The second aspect will be the programme-driven research. This will include baseline surveys, needs assessments and research for the public interest litigation.