18thAug

Enhancing lawyers’ capacity to deal with extractive sector issues

In 2014, ILEG partnered with the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) to introduce capacity building on the extractive industry as part of LSK’s Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programme. CLE involves regular and continuous education and capacity building for lawyers so as to equip them with modern and relevant knowledge and skills on various aspects of the law. ILEG’s Benson Ochieng and Collins Odote made presentations at over five sessions organized for that purpose during the year in various parts of the country. Furthermore, ILEG partnered with LSK to organize sessions on extractives during the society’s 2014 annual conference. As a result of these engagements LSK established a standing Committee on Minerals, Oil and Gas to follow up the issues around

18thAug

Makutano Junction

The media can play an important role in educating and informing the general public on matters concerning the environment through cost effective means. In 2007, ILEG partnered with The Mediae Company in the production of Series 4 of Makutano Junction. Makutano Junctionis a weekly educational television drama series produced as a long-term project by TheMediaeCompany in Kenya. The series is crafted as a carefully balanced development communication tool which is not only entertaining but also filled with relevant and practical information such as highlighting basic rights and injustices and demonstrating remedies and best practices. In 2008, the series had a viewership of 7.5 million in Kenya and is currently broadcast on  Citizen TV  which has national coverage. The partnership with Mediae saw ILEG contribute

18thAug

Greening Justice

Project Overview: Achieving sustainable development and safeguarding the environmental rights and obligations created by Kenya’s 2010 Constitution requires a strong environmental jurisprudence and access to environment-related justice. This project titled “Greening Justice: Judicial Training on Land and Environment Matters in Kenya” seeks to improve the capacity of the judiciary to make sound judicial decisions on matters relating to land, environment and natural resources. It involves research on legal and policy issues relating to land and environment; trainings and colloquia for judges and judicial officers. The project is supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Activities: Conducting research to identify key environmental issues for judges and magistrates training curriculum Develop training curriculum for judges and magistrates Conduct training for judges,

18thAug

Building and raising….

Building and raising an army of public interest lawyers in East Africa. Project Overview: This project, implemented in partnership with the US-based Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) involves a series of seminars to support lawyers from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania to sustain a dialogue and strategize on how best to use law to respond to myriad challenges facing local communities in the wake of a fast-emerging extractive industry, huge land deals and wanton destruction of natural resources in the region. Activities: Annual environmental law and litigation workshop and seminars in East Africa Supporting lawyers to attend ELAW international meetings Supporting lawyers to attend ELAW fellowship programmes

18thAug

The Access Initiative (TAI)

Project Overview: TAI is the world’s largest network of civil society organizations dedicated to ensuring that local communities have the rights and abilities to gain access to information and to participate in decisions that affect their lives and their environment. Its objectives are founded on Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration which mandated governments to provide appropriate access to information, encouragement of public participation, and effective access to judicial proceedings. Members from around the world carry out evidence-based advocacy to encourage collaboration and innovation that advances transparency, accountability, and inclusiveness in decision-making at all levels. TAI is led by seven civil society organizations which form the core team, with each core team acting as a regional lead. ILEG is the core-team