Founded in 2004 and registered in 2007, Economic and Social Rights Centre (HAKIJAMII) is a national human rights organization that works with marginalized groups to support them to claim and realize their economic and social rights and improve their livelihoods. It is registered as a Non-governmental Organization (NGO) under the NGO Coordination Act. An Executive Director who reports to a Board of Directors heads Hakijamii. With a secretariat in Nairobi, the organization has strategic community partners in Nairobi, Kisumu, Kitale, Eldoret, Garissa, Kakamega, Kisii, Migori, Homa-Bay, Turkana, Lamu and Mombasa.
HAKIJAMII envisions a society that is free from discrimination, exploitation and injustice. Its mission is to strengthen the capacity of people’s organizations to effectively and directly participate in advocating and realizing their economic, social and cultural rights in Kenya. Throughout its existence, the organization has been guided by the goal of promoting social movements to engage in realizing and promoting human rights-centered practices and policies. The organization has four main result areas namely: Health, water and sanitation, Land and housing,
public interest litigation, research and budget analysis.
Having been in existence for over a decade, Hakijamii has made substantial contribution towards ESC rights policies, and cut a niche in amplifying the voices of marginalized communities in Kenya to claim their rights. This has been made possible through the support of the government, donors, communities, and CSOs amongst others.