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Who are we?
Hakijamii is a national human rights organization founded in 2004 and registered in Kenya in 2007 as a non-governmental organization (NGO). Its core agenda is to support and work with marginalized groups, especially in urban areas, to advocate for their economic and social rights.
Our vision and mission
Hakijamii envisions a world in which every human being enjoys all human rights and lives in dignity.
Our mission is to amplify the voices of marginalized individuals and groups to advocate for their rights and live in dignity.
Why do we exist?
The organization exists specifically to amplify the voice of the over 8 million residents of informal settlements in urban areas in Kenya to effectively and meaningfully participate in and influence public policy decisions and allocation of resources in order to improve their access to basic services.
How do we work?
Hakijamii recognizes the potential of marginalized groups to be the key drivers of change and works with them to transform their livelihood and realize their human rights.
Who we work with
The Organization works with over 100 grassroots community networks with total membership of about 500,000 in 15 towns in Kenya as well as with key national and international civil society organizations and state organs.
The enactment of the Constitution 2010 ushered in a new era of human rights in Kenya by, among others recognizing the right to accessible and adequate housing. Translating these rights into tangible benefits however remains a serious challenge for the urban poor. Out of approximately 13 million urban residents about 8 million continue to live in informal settlements characterized by squalid conditions. Access to basic services like shelter, water and sanitation, health care and basic education remains a dream. This is worsened by the fact that majority of the urban poor hardly get any meaningful opportunity to participate in and influence public policy decisions and allocation of public resources.
With the support of our generous donors and partners we have been able to achieve the following.
• Strengthened and amplified the voices of marginalized communities by provided a platform to urban informal settlement community groups from 15 towns to actively and meaningfully participate in the development of the national and local policy process including participating and making inputs to the Community Land and Eviction and Resettlement Bills, Slum Upgrading and Prevention and the Slum Upgrading and Prevention Policy and engaging with local officials to discuss community concerns and seek solutions..
• Supported over 100 Nubian families in Kisumu City to negotiate for security of tenure on the land they are occupying at Kibos through awareness trainings on land rights.
• Through innovative litigation, prevented the eviction of over 1200 residents of Medina/ADC communities in Garissa town from forced eviction and assisted to negotiate for access to piped water and security of tenure.
• Created space for community groups in 15 towns under the Local Urban Forums (LUFs) to make contribution to the national and county budget processes through development and submission of petitions Expanded policy dialogue with the key state organs in particular the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development) in the development of National Slum Upgrading and Prevention Policy, Eviction Resettlement Bill, Community Land Bill and National Urban Development Policy as a member of key Task Forces.
• Created strategic linkages with key policy making organs including the Parliamentary Budget Office and local officials through constant engagements.
• Increased community awareness on the budget making process by conducting community training workshops.
• Improved citizen awareness on the link between resource allocation and policy land policy implementation through publication and dissemination of popular booklets.
• Deepened national and international networking by participating in key national and international meetings.
• Improved capacity of Hakijamii in the use of multiple advocacy strategies including community engagement, media, negotiation and development of technical policy papers.