NAIROBI, February 18, 2014 –Director-General Irene Khan has met Chief Justice of Kenya Willy Mutunga and his Somali counterpart, Aidid Abdullahi Ilka Hanaf, to review IDLO’s support for Somalia as it develops a first national Strategic Action Plan. The Organization is also busy helping establish a Judicial Service Commission under Somalia’s constitutional famework.
While Kenya's economy continues to steadily grow, it remains one of the most unequal countries in the world (ranked 146 out of 188 on the Inequality-Adjusted Human Development Index in 2016). The country has, since August 2010, been implementing a new Constitution with an expanded Bill of Rights and one of the most ambitious devolution processes anywhere in the world. A large number of functions transferred to 47 newly-created county governments has strengthened accountability and public service delivery at local levels. Looking back on the last seven years, there has been significant progress made over a relatively short period. However, much more still needs to be done to align pre-existing laws with the Constitution and to enact new laws to implement it. Other persistent challenges miring the constitutional implementation process include: corruption, ethnically-based political rivalries, gender inequality, security concerns, and climate change.
Kenya is a Member Party of IDLO, and since 2010 there has been collaboration with the key agencies in the country responsible for the implementation of key provisions of the Constitution, particularly relating to the Bill of Rights, land and environment, devolution, the judiciary, access to justice and representation of the people. A key component of IDLO’s work also relates to advancing gender equality across the country and operationalizing the gender provisions contained in the Constitution.
Nairobi, February 18 – Irene Khan, Director-General of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) is in Nairobi this week to discuss IDLO's work on the rule of law and development with key members of Kenya’s government. She will meet with Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, H.E.