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Kituo Cha Sheria (Center for Legal Empowerment)

Mission Statement: 

Kituo was established as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in 1973 by a group of lawyers who recognized that inability to access justice occasioned by poverty, marginalization and vulnerability undermined fundamental human and peoples' rights

Contact Person: 
Dalmas Owino
Last Name: 
Okendo
Deputy Executive Director
Website Address: 

kituochasheria.or.ke

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.The organisation's ethos is based on respect for and promotion of human rights; commitment to justice and equity while upholding the rule of law; solidarity with the poor and marginalized; Commitment to volunteerism, social transformation aimed at empowering the disadvantaged, creativity and innovation supported by information technology and integrity, transparency, accountability and professionalism.

KITUO has reported major landmarks in its growth. These include:

- Institutionalization of the planning process; shift in orientation from legal aid to legal empowerment

-Focus on public interest litigation

-Expansion into marginalized areas through satellite offices; designing of innovative and responsive programmes and establishment of a proactive board that represents the interests of poor and marginalized groups

 KITUO's strategic priority areas for the next 5 years beginning 2009 will include:

- Legal education and empowerment for the poor and marginalized; transitional justice and institutional reforms in Kenya with a view to focusing on the various commission reports like the Commission of Inquiry into the Post Election Violence (the Waki report), the Independent Review Committee (the Kriegler report), and The Commission of Inquiry into Irregular/Illegal Land (the Ndungu report)

- Design of innovative and responsive programmes/products to its constituencies

- Space for KITUO in policy and decision making platforms/levels

- Visibility of KITUO through research, media, partnership and networks; organizational growth, sustainability and development towards a professional, sound and viable organization

- Functional strategic leadership and governance

- Enhanced institutional memory

- Partnerships with academic and research institutions.

Drawn from the strategic priority areas of concerns are seven strategic objectives which include :

  • Empowerment of the poor and marginalized people to access  justice and realize human rights
  • Strengthening functional and transformative leadership
  • Facilitating innovative growth, expansion and sustainability of KITUO
  • Profiling KITUO at national, regional and international levels
  • Strengthening human resources development and management systems
  • Ensuring efficient and effective delivery of  quality interventions by KITUO 
  •  Strengthening participatory planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation systems
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