On behalf of the communities, my fellow colleagues and board of directors at the Economic and Social Rights Centre (Hakijamii), it is our pleasure and privilege to share with you this annual report for the year 2018. In our view, the pursuit of human rights is neither about charity nor simply about delivering services. It is about working purposively in action-oriented coalitions and movements to enable the poor to claim and regain their dignity, voice and responsibility. It is precisely out of this consideration that individually and in strategic coalitions, we remain committed to the respect for, promotion, protection and fulfillment of economic and social rights with particular emphasis on land, water, education, budgeting, health and housing rights.
During the period under review, we are particularly encouraged by the following significant milestones:-
• Joint advocacy in collaboration with social movements this contributed to making human rights becoming organic to the people and not as a set of rules to be found in international instruments and the Constitution of Kenya.
• Fusion of research and policy advocacy to enhance collective and informed struggle for socio economic rights for the marginalized populations.
• Building of institutional growth, we marked the second year of our 2017 to 2020 Strategic Plan
Implementation plan.
In this regard we wish to register our most appreciation to the following agencies for their support, both financially and ideologically:- The Ford Foundation, Civil Society Urban Development Platform-CSUDP, Comic Relief, Results Education Fund, Misereor, Food Agricultural Organization- FAO and the Open Society Initiative for East Africa- OSIEA.
To each one of you, our very special thanks and best wishes for the continued support and confidence.We look forward to another year of partnership and excellence.
Yours Faithfully,
Pauline Vata