PT works at the local level to consolidate social movements; a people’s movement that forms the backbone for Social Transformation in Urban Areas i.e.
Muungano wa Wanavijiji (Muungano wa Wanavijiji is a social movement of ‘slum’ residents and urban poor people in Kenya.
Women Land Rights Movement (WLRM is a social movement of women and male champions who have been trained on land rights and empowered to be able to take action when it comes to matters women land rights.)
Domestic workers (This is a social movement formed in response of the need to empower the domestic workers whose employment/working rights are often infringed upon)
Our Levels of Engagement
- Macro – At the National Level we have been part of a broader debate aimed at locating informal settlements as indicators of both disjoined modernization and incomplete nature of Kenya’s democratic project. Other than that we have noted the importance of linking government initiatives with community aspirations.
Meso – At the private sector and non-state actors level we believe in partnerships that promote good governance, transparency, accountability and ethical practice in public service delivery for all.
Micro – At the community/ grassroots level, Community directly benefits from projects hence have an interest to participate in the processes. Community enjoyment of human rights and dignity is the motivation behind having interest in such processes, they also have the power to give recommendations, get organized and mobilize members for constructive and relevant policy options
The Civic Engagement Programs
- Our engagements on Land RightsPT is committed to building an inclusive and Just city, free of evictions, displacement and dispossession and where every citizen enjoy right to own, occupy and use property. In this quest, we have organized communities to be able to claim their own land rights through the Women Land Rights Movements and other social movements and engaged different stakeholder both at National and County level in advocacy of Land Rights. PT has continuously used its expertise and experiences drawn from working with communities to enrich development of land policies and legislations i.e. The National Slum Upgrading and Prevention Bill, the Community Land Act, 2016, and many more which have also been part of the tools for land advocacy
Our Engagements with Access to Justice PT takes into cognizant the fact that urban areas are occupied by special communities who have their own special ways of resolving conflict and most cases does not necessarily go to court hence dire need to recognize such alternatives of conflict resolution and mainstream them into the formal justice system. In working closely with a taskforce gazetted in 2016 and mandated to develop a policy to mainstream into the formal justice system, traditional, informal and other mechanisms used to access justice in Kenya, with support from Food and Agriculture Organization for the United Nations (FAO) PT has been consulting with key stakeholders i.e. the elders both at the ASAL areas and informal settlements and the Court Users Committee members to document best practices and give
i. Recommendations for the Alternative Justice Systems Policy.
Our Engagements on Governance Questions
Pamoja Trust facilitates engagements on “Utafiti Sera on Urban Governance and City Transformation in partnership with Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR). Utafiti Sera a swahili word for “research based evidence” is the idea on which Pamoja Trust hosts a house of stakeholders on Infrastructure development geared towards building, facilitating, enhancing and sustaining a vibrant research-policy community on urban Governance and Turning African Cities Around in Nairobi. PT through its expertise of action based research synthesizes new and existing relevant research evidence on social dimensions of infrastructure development and their impact on the urban communities.
In this platform PT engages with key policy makers and practitioners through direct contact, policy advocacy and use of productive Urban Governance and turning African Cities Around champions to address the issues that arise i.e. unlawful evictions that come with infrastructure development ending up to various actions and the need of stakeholder engagement during such processes.
Some of the outcomes involved an intentional stretching of the boundaries of policy engagement through sustained actions and efforts by a community of actors who work to own both process and structure. (Stakeholder Engagement).