Focus Areas

As the current system of government is enforced countrywide, the institute has undertaken under its wings the mandate to be at the forefront of promoting the understanding of this key part of the new constitution. Also, it has played its role in the development of the country's social, political and economic landscape by offering its services to wananchi on issues concerning these areas. The institute has done so clearly by choosing to focus on the following areas:

Civic Education

IRPA's approach towards civic education seeks to disseminate information to the general public, train trainers responsible for civic education and facilitate platforms for various stakeholders in society to engage in civic issues. IRPA advocates for the participation of ordinary wananchi at the grassroots level throughout Kenya.

Capacity Building

Since its inception, IRPA has built an all-encompassing framework for a holistic approach to capacity building for good governance and proper public policy enforcement in Kenya. We have built partnerships with the national government, various county governments, their institutions and organs, the private sector, civil society, and other development partners. IRPA provides a setting where various individuals and organizations can articulate pertinent issues, share knowledge, mobilize resources, and generate ideas and best practices related to capacity building.

Devolution

The 4th of March 2013 was an historical threshold in Kenya's legacy; its citizens in effect granted force to provisions in the Constitution laying in abeyance, thereby altering the manner in which the ordinary citizen would interact with government. The most significant shift from the past involved the devolving of governance, functions and powers to 47 counties, thus reconfiguring the established power dynamics under the old regime.

Governance and Democracy

Good governance is essential to achieve development while true participatory democracy ensures that development is equitable and sustainable. Public institutions need to be able to manage public resources and conduct public affairs in a manner that is free of corruption and abuse that upholds the rule of law and that protects and promotes the realization of the rights of its people. The true measure of good governance is the ability of a government to realize people's human rights and deliver sustainable and equitable development. Good governance is derived through transparency, accountability, participation and responsiveness to the needs of the poor, marginalized and underrepresented groups.

Human Rights

IRPA's interest in human rights seeks to drive the promotion and protection of human rights throughout Kenya. One of our goals is to ensure that international human rights standards and norms permeate into the Kenyan legal system as per the constitutional requirement allowing for this to further entrench and guarantee the rights of all citizens.

Legislative Strengthening

IRPA's core team and external consultants have been involved assessing parliamentary functions and recommending strategies to improve their performance; conducting assessments of legislative programmes; and providing technical assistance in the drafting, reviewing and amendment of laws. Additionally, we have provided our expert advice through granting clarity on the roles and responsibilities of legislative bodies in relation to the other branches of government; improving the links between legislators and their constituents; and introducing innovative legislative processes.

Public Policy

IRPA attempts to influence public policy via active engagement in current debates. Recently, our directors have undoubtedly gained recognition from the institutions that influence Kenyans through their decisions. We strive to win two major battles: by taking part in national and local social and political debates, we strive to convince citizens to partake in political action by imposing themselves on the local scene to such an extent that they are now listened to by governments and the most powerful corporations.