Contract: May 2021 – November 2021
Implementor: IMPACT Trust; Wumweri Ghodu CBO (WG); Ogiek Peoples’ Development Program (OPDP)
This Strategic Response Mechanism provides timely and urgent support to Kenya’s rural and customary communities seeking to compile and file their claims with the National Land Commission to redress historical land injustices.
The question of who owns the lands and natural resources has long been a major source of conflict in Kenya. An avenue to redress historical land injustices in Kenya opened in 2010 when Kenya adopted a new constitution, which set in place significant reforms on land governance, use, and ownership. It also paved the way for the creation of the National Land Commission in 2012, which is mandated to receive, investigate, and redress communities’ claims against historical land injustices. Communities can claim for land that was stolen from them during colonial occupation or due to occupation by government agencies, individuals or conservation agencies. While these claims are referred to as ‘historical,’ they present ongoing injustices that must be redressed immediately.
Through its Strategic Response Mechanism, RRI’s collaborators in Kenya helped 35 communities to collate, document, and submit their Historical Land Injustice claims to the National Land Commission. RRI collaborators IMPACT, Wumweri Ghodu, and OPDP provided communities knowledge support and training on strengthening their claims and helped them provide them in a timely manner to meet the Land Commissions’ filing deadlines.