The partnership between Liberal Alliance and Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) was launched in March 2016. The project seeks to improve the relation between the political parties and the civil society so both parties will be able to cooperate on promoting a peaceful, issue-based political dialogue. The current phase of the project runs until November 2017.
About the partnership
This pilot project aims to confront various political issues in Kenya by intensifying efforts within the Kenyan civil society. These efforts are set out to be several activities related to the underlying political problems confronting Kenya.
The two main objectives of the project are:
- To strengthen capacity of political parties and civil society to engage with each other.
- To foster issue-based political dialogue.
The essential purpose with the two main objectives is to improve the political democratic culture in Kenya, the accountability of political parties, and their awareness on political and economic issues.
Fostering Issue Based Political dialogue between civil society networks and political parties
During the last decade, Kenyan politics has faced two major challenges; 1) A very conflictual and destructive relation between non-state actors in civil society and the political parties; 2) An issue-based agenda has been repressed by an ethnicity-based agenda, where appeals to violence and segregation have been a commonly used tool. In this context, our two main objectives find their relevance due to the absence of: 1) A pluralist democracy embedded at the sub-national level (county level). 2) Accountability of political parties due to especially the presence of corruption.
This project seeks to improve the relation between the political parties and the civil society so both parties will be able to cooperate on promoting a peaceful, issue-based political dialogue. This will improve the overall accountability of Kenyan politics, improve the pluralistic democratic culture and create sustainable changes.
About the partner(s)
In this project there are a number of co-implementing partners in particular KAM, African Students for Liberty and East African Policy Centre
Other partners are involved with expertise i.e. CMD Kenya.
The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) was formed in 1959 as a representative organization for Kenyan industrialists. KAM is a non-partisan, non-profit, membership organization. It has 950 members. KAM represents its member’s interests with central government, regulatory agencies, and local authorities. It provides services to encourage members to uphold standards, compete competitively, and contribute to the development of Kenya’s industrial potential.
Formed in 2007 on a liberal ideology. The party has 13 of 179 seats in the Danish Parliament and is currently part of the governing coalition. Liberal Alliance advocates for personal freedom, lower taxes, an attractive business climate and a more efficient public sector. Alongside these themes, Liberal Alliance favors local democracy over central planning, and places importance on decisions being made as close to the citizen as possible.