Implementation of Article 43 of the Constitution of Kenya on Economic and Social Rights


During consultations with AWSC representatives from Colleges of Agriculture & Veterinary Sciences, Architecture & Engineering, Health Sciences, Education and Humanities & Social Sciences; the African Women’s Studies Centre subjected the economic and social rights reflected in Article 43 of the new constitution, to a Problem/Objective Tree Analysis. The process identified the following core problems that may hinder the realisation of social and economic rights for Kenyans. These include lack of political goodwill to ensure implementation of these rights whose root causes are lack of appropriate policies and mechanisms to ensure implementation of economic and social rights; inequitable distribution of resources and corruption. All these factors hamper the Kenyans’ enjoyment of social/ economic rights and will need to be address if what is provided for in Article 43 will be realized.


The overall objective of the project is to attain improved quality of life among poor and marginalized Kenyans through implementation of Article 43, on economic and social rights of poor Kenyans.


Additional objectives of the project include: Advocacy on effective policies and mechanisms to implement economic and social rights; Advocacy for effective programmes aimed at addressing the special needs and specific rights of marginalized groups such as persons with disabilities, women, youth and minorities; Advocacy for equitable distribution of resources; Increase citizens’ awareness on the rights and responsibilities envisaged in Article 43 of the current constitution


The Centre envisaged that this project would take 15 months.


The activities of the project will be: To carry out desk study of policies, mechanisms and programmes and best practices of implementation of social and economic rights in selected countries and share with policy makers; To analyze local policies and programmes related to social and economic rights; To audit Vision 2030 for its capacity to address article 43 on social and economic rights; To engage in consultations with stakeholders and sharing of findings and recommendations on social and economic rights; To share information with the citizens through mass media; To lobby for policy and programmes influence.


This is the beginning of a long journey towards the realisation of Article 43 of the constitution. These activities will put the agenda in the public arena, will challenge the government for its role in ensuring that Kenyans have access to these basic rights. This may be a first step towards the broader national debate and dialogue with policy makers and to make them accountable to the citizens.


The expected results of the project will be: To come up with a report on best practices and recommendations to policy makers; To come up with a report on current status of national programmes and policies on implementation of social/economic rights and recommendations to policy makers; To obtain consultative reports and recommendations from stakeholders; To attain increased awareness of the citizens; To obtain media coverage reports; To come up with proposed policies and programmes.


The Centre will work with Women Political Alliance- Kenya as a partner in the project whose role will be to lobby and mobilize women and other marginalized groups to participate in this project particularly in awareness creation and in lobbying policy makers. The media will be targeted as a specific stakeholder with the role of disseminating information and creating awareness among the citizens.


Amkeni Wakenya -through- (United Nations Development Programme:UNDP) - Donor
African Women's Studies Centre (University of Nairobi) - Implementing partner

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