Background

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Our Approach

Kituo cha Katiba (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.

By supporting the process of regional integration, KcK seeks to provide a regional institutional framework for the promotion of constitutionalism, good governance and democratic development in Eastern Africa as a long term undertaking. In sum, KcK intends to be a strong catalyst for constitutional development in the region and a facilitator towards an integrated Eastern Africa.

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

Our work is guided by the following values:

  • Inclusive participation: We believe that deepening democratic practice goes beyond elections and encompasses the entire spectrum of activities that citizens engage in to participate in their governance and to hold duty bearers accountable for service delivery.
  • Respect for human rights and rule of law: Our work is driven by the belief that states in the region must protect, promote and fulfill the rights of their citizens, in the pursuit of constitutionalism and development.
  • Equality and non-discrimination: We believe that all our stakeholders are equal and that discrimination on the grounds of gender, race, ethnicity is inimical to the region’s constitutional development.
  • Integrity: In order to ensure credibility and build stakeholder trust, our work will be guided by honesty and openness with each other and with our stakeholders.

Strategic Objectives

To achieve the strategic goal during this strategy period, KcK shall focus on four strategic areas:

  • Support the culture of promoting, respecting and defending democratic constitutional standards and practices in the Eastern African region.
  • Strengthen the organisation’s financial systems and practices.
  • Build robust, diverse leadership and organisational processes.
  • Strengthen the capacity to monitor and adapt to the changing environment in constitutionalism in the Eastern African region.

Our Comparative Advantage

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 strong in advocacy. 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.