INTRODUCTION

HAKI Africa is a national human rights organisation based in Mombasa working to improve livelihoods and enhance the progressive realization of human rights in Kenya. Initiated in 2012, the organisation promotes partnership between state and non-state actors in order to constantly improve the well-being of individuals and communities and ensure respect for human rights and rule of law by all. Particularly, the organisation seeks to agitate for the recognition and empowerment of local communities in Kenya to fully participate in rights and development initiatives with a view to improving the standards of living amongst all including the poor and marginalized.

While the word “Haki” is Swahili for “justice” or “human right”, we have given meaning to the four letters which to us stand for Humanity; Activism; Knowledge; and Integrity. Humanity stands for the desire to see human rights and dignity guaranteed to all. Activism is meant to get individuals and communities to be proactive in addressing issues that affect them. Knowledge is the organisation’s ambition to ignite a thirst for knowledge and to get rid of ignorance. Integrity is the aspiration to promote transparency and accountability across all levels of governance. HAKI Africa therefore stands for a transformation of the society to one where individuals and communities are free to participate in the advancement of their rights and development processes.