Kituo attends Misereor Urban Partners Meeting

DSCN0339Kituo cha Sheria officers on 18th October 2018, attended a workshop organized by Misereor in collaboration with partners in Kenya.  The annual Urban Partners Meeting was held at the Ngong Hills Hotel, Nairobi under the theme “Re-thinking the housing agenda in Kenya: The role of Social Movements and Non state actors in redefining Social Housing”. Participants deliberated on the role of social movements and forging a strong housing coalition in the Big 4 Agenda in Kenya, strategies to combat new wave of forced evictions and the role of international financiers in housing projects in developing countries. Kituo led discussions on the New wave of forced evictions in Kenya and the tension between human rights and development. In this new wave of evictions, evictions are taking place while there are ongoing court cases, evictions by individuals with no lawful authority and evictions are being strategically planned- timing with negotiations being used as bait. The balance between development and human rights has been difficult to get, with the debate whether evictions are a constitutional issue or a land issue- rules of evidence. In the recent past all the court judgments have been adverse and greatly watered down previous progressive jurisprudence on the right to housing. The Misereor Urban Partners meeting brought together members of the housing coalition including Kituo Cha Sheria, Hakijamii Trust, Kutoka Network, COPA Kenya and Pamoja Trust as well as community members from the grassroots in Kenya’s three major cities.

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