active citizens

Volunteer Azulu Adeba, 44, describes the poor drainage in his community, where he carries out tax monitoring work with the National Taxpayers Association in Kiambiu, Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya. 2016. Photo Credit: Allan Gichigi
‘I got involved with the project because I started wondering where my taxes go. Our constitution guarantees the right to information. That includes whatever [law] is passed by our leaders. We have a right to know how the taxes we pay are being used. It is important to follow up on taxes, because we...
Photo Credit: Jeremy Mutiso
The 2010 Kenya constitution makes provision for Public participation in the budget-making process to ensure the taxpayers priorities are reflected in the final budgets. Citizens are invited to give their proposals in writing or participate in actual discussion meetings. However, there has been low...
Dandora dumpsite. Photo Credit: Jeremy Mutiso
The hot burning sun in January, does not seem as hot as usual and especially in Dandora, but the chill on the slopes of Davos are undisputed, climate change? Perhaps, but a story for another day. What is evident is the stark contrast of the two cities and two mountains that seemingly have nothing...
Photo credit: Sam Tarling
It is this minority group of Kenyans that will eventually get the national and county governments to fully abide by the spirit of our constitution and learn to involve citizens in the business of governance beyond the tick-in-the-box approach that they currently employ on public participation. All...
View of Nairobi. Photo Credit Kevin Wabungo
The fight against inequality needs to remain alive and present in our daily battles; with CSOs actively mobilizing citizens to hold their governments to account, until we get to that finishing line when they, ordinary citizens will take over the battle to singularly hold their own governments to...
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