The collective efforts of several individuals and organizations under the leadership of International Republican Institute (IRI) and Uraia Trust produced the Civic Education Handbook. This publication incorporates information and materials from existing Uraia resources and other civic education materials in Kenya.
IRI and Uraia would like to thank the consultants who played a key role in the development of this handbook. We specifically wish to thank Waikwa Wanyoike who helped develop the section on the Constitution, Hamisi Mboga and Tomsie Dhlamini who helped to develop the section on Devolution, and Emma Welford who contributed to Citizen Participation section.
We would also like to thank our technical committee comprised of several Kenyan organisations. This committee ensured that the handbook spoke to the realities of the Kenyan context. Some of the organisations comprising the technical committee included National Civil Society Congress; the Uraia Trust Consortia– Constitution and Reform Education Consortia (CRECO), Consortium for the Empowerment and Development of Marginalized Communities (CEDMAC), National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK), Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC), National Muslim Civic Education Consortium (NAMCEC); Ecumenical Centre for Justice and Peace (EJPC);Usawa; Amkeni Wakenya; ACT Kenya; Decentralization & Governance Non-State Actors Network (Degonsa); Sayari Think Tank; Ujamaa Center; Kenya Chapter of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA-Kenya); and the Law Society of Kenya (LSK).
We would also like to thank the members of community-based organizations in both Nairobi and Mombasa who played a critical role in helping us contextualise the handbook's content so it can speak to the common mwananchi. These individuals provided vital insights on the suitability of the handbook and helped us shape it through focus group discussions and pre-testing workshops.
Furthermore, we would like to thank the combined contribution of IRI Kenya, including Senior Program Manager Husna Hassan and Program Assistants Keziah Waweru and Ashley Holbrook. In addition, we thank the team from Uraia led by the Civic Education Manager Abubakar Said together with Caroline Nyamu, Masiga Asunza, Moyi Aloyce, Kimani wa Wanjiru and Nadhir Ali for their hard work to ensure that the project was successful.
The generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under Award No: DFD-A-00-08-00350-00 made the research and development of this civic education tool possible. Other development partners supporting this effort included Norway, UK’s DFID, Denmark’s Danida, Netherlands Embassy, and the Embassy of Finland. These partners supported the printing and distribution of the handbook to thousands of persons and organizations across Kenya through Uraia’s national Uchaguzi Bora Initiative (UBI).
Finally, we wish to acknowledge the support of the former Uraia Trust Executive Director Zein Abubakar and former IRI Kenya Acting Resident Country Director Yomi Jacobs for initiating this work and their wise and pertinent advice throughout this journey. We hope the handbook will serve its purpose of empowering citizens to understand their rights and responsibilities better and to act upon them fully using The Constitution of Kenya, 2010.
Ag Executive Director
John G. Tomaszewski
Resident Country Director
International Republican Institute