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Katiba Institute

Katiba Institute is a research, litigation, and community engagement organization operating as a non-profit, non-governmental body with the principal objective of achieving social transformation.

Presence in: Kenya
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Right to Information, Women's Rights

Katiba Institute (KI) was set up to promote knowledge and understanding of Kenya’s Constitution and constitutionalism, and to defend and facilitate implementation of the Constitution.

Established in 2011, KI works on many areas of the Constitution including issues of leadership and integrity, human rights, devolution, gender, electoral issues, as well as environment, land misappropriation, evictions of indigenous people and other long-term settlers, and protection against illegality and harassment by the police. Its main methods of working are litigation, research and publication, civic education and awareness, mixed with some activism. KI also works to foster the spirit of constitutionalism in the East African region by promoting exchange of academic discourse on constitutional issues and by working with like-minded organizations to secure greater freedoms in the East African Region.

People Associated With This Organization

Chris Kerkering

Katiba Institute
Joined August 2021
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Right to Information, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
Chris Kerkering is the Litigation Manager at Katiba Institute. He is an attorney licensed in the United States. Chris received a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University in 1995 and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School in 2001. Following law school, Chris clerked for two United States Judges, where he drafted legal opinions in all areas of law. He spent seven years working as a lawyer for the Federal Public Defender, where he represented indigent defendants in criminal cases. Chris moved to Nairobi with his family in 2013, where he began working on issues relating to good governance and the rule of law in the region, focusing on Somalia and Kenya.

Ochiel Dudley

Katiba Institute
Joined November 2021
Interests: Governance, Accountability & Transparency
Supreme Court of Kenya regular, 2018 PIL/Pro Bono Jurist of the Year Award (Law Society of Kenya, Amnesty International, and EACHR). Human rights and constitutional law specialist. Currently litigation counsel at Katiba Institute.

Walter Onyango

Katiba Institute (Unverified)
Joined March 2021
Interests: Citizenship & Identification, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency
A results-orientated, initiative-taking, and people-focused Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning professional with over 5 years career experience in designing and implementing MEAL systems. Strong ability in providing technical support in project management, developing performance metrics, research, data management, M&E capacity development and training, and reporting and documentation. Looking to learn more.

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