Introduction

AMKA Africa Justice Initiative (AMKA) is an independent non-profit organization registered in Kenya. It works collaboratively with university legal clinics and grass root organisations to promote access to justice for the poor, the minority and marginalised groups in Kenya and the rest of Africa. AMKA’s core programmes are: Access to Justice programme and Good Governance & Human Rights programme. Key interventions under Access to Justice programme include: Public Interest Litigation (PIL), Mediation, Probono scheme, Self Representation, Community Informal justice, and Legal Representation. Good Governance & Human Rights Programme core interventions include: Good Governance Engagement, Policy, Practice and Legislative Reforms, Human Rights and Research.

Vision

To promote access to justice for the poor, minorities and marginalised groups in Kenya and the rest of Africa.

Mission

To provide reliable, accessible, and impactful free legal services to the poor, minorities and marginalised groups in Kenya and the rest of Africa, to promote realisation of the Constitutional guarantees to the right to equality and justice for all.

Core Values

  • Justice
  • Equality of all before the law
  • Inclusiveness
  • Integrity

Target Group

The poor, minority and marginalised groups. Article 260 of the Constitution defines marginalised group as ‘a group of people who, because of laws or practices before, on, or after the effective date, were or are disadvantaged by discrimination on one or more of the grounds in Article 27 (4)’. They include children, persons living with disabilities, the youth, gender and sexual minorities.

Strategic Objectives

  • To increase legal protection for the poor, minority and marginalised persons and groups in Kenya and the whole of Africa, through enhanced access to justice; policy, legislative and practice advocacy.
  • To promote the use of alternative dispute resolution systems and informal community justice institutions to make access to justice for the poor, minority and marginalised persons and groups faster, effective and affordable.
  • To enhance the capacity of the formal and informal dispute resolution institutions to handle the unique needs of the minority and marginalised persons and groups effectively.
  • To forge partnerships with university based legal aid clinics and grassroots organisations working with the target groups; strengthen and build their capacity through training and dissemination of information.
  • To mentor and prepare legal aid clinic students to be social justice champions in their future careers in law.
  • To grow AMKA’s capacity to undertake projects in several African countries within a period of ten years.

“The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.” Ayn Rand