Equity Week

19 – 23 September 2016

Equity Week is a national week of reflection on issues of equity in resource distribution in Kenya. Equity Week 2016 took place from September 19-23 and featured a series of events highlighting views and ideas related to equity emerging from academia, civil society, government, the arts community, development organisations, and citizens. The events included lectures, panel discussions, debates, readings, a film screening, poetry, and town hall meetings meant to stimulate a national conversation about the promise of more equitable development enshrined in Kenya’s 2010 constitution.

Equity Week was coordinated by the International Budget Partnership Kenya, the Society for International Development, the Katiba Institute, and the Youth Congress. The experiment of taking the discussions on equity out of policy-making circles and creating a platform for more voices provides some useful lessons. Read more at the Open Budgets Blog »

Featured Video

Professor Yash Ghai of the Katiba Institute discusses the History of Equity in Kenya:

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Equity Week 2016 Resources and Video

Download the Equity Week 2016 Program of Events »

Day 1: Monday, September 19th

Opening Remarks on the Launch of Equity Week: Why Equity?
Dr. Jason Lakin, IBPK
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Keynote Address: Why Equity?
Professor Y. P. Ghai, Katiba Institute
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Comparative Jurisprudence on Equity
Conrad Bosire

Sessional Paper 10: An Assessment
Shem Ochola, Aga Khan Foundation
Moderator: Ali Hersi, Society for International Development
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Highlights from Day 1


Day 2: Tuesday, September 20th

International Budget Partnership Kenya (IBPK) Report Launch: Equity or Equality?
Presented by IBPK’s Dr. Jason Lakin, John Kinuthia, and Mokeira Nyagaka
Discussants: John Maritim, Elgeyo Marakwet County Planning; Hon. Thomas Kigen, MCA Elgeyo Marakwet County; and Hon. Farida Ahmed, MCA Kisumu; Hon. Chege Mwaura, County Assemblies Forum

Policy Discussion: How Well Does the Current Revenue Sharing Formula Address Equity Principles?
Panelists: Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr.; Lineth Oyugi, Commission on Revenue Allocation; David Achero, Article 19

Highlights from Day 2


Day 3: Wednesday, September 21st

Managing Inequality Globally
Stefano Prato, Society for International Development
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Poverty and Inequality in East Africa
Steve Kenei, Development Initiatives

Equity in Education: Where Are We and Where Do We Need To Go?
Brezhnev Otieno, Twaweza; Bridge International
Watch “Inequalities in Education” Video Clip »

Film Screening and Discussion: A Measure of Fairness (IBPK 2014)
Presented by IBPK’s Dr. Jason Lakin and John Kinuthia
Moderator: Michael Orwa, Society for International Development
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Highlights from Day 3


Day 4: Thursday, September 22nd

Equity Week Academy Presentations:

What Does the Constitution Say About Equity?
Waikwa Wanyoike,  Executive Director, Katiba Institute
Watch “From Equity to Equality” Video Clip »

Theories of Equity
Dr. Solomon Owuoche, University of Nairobi
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Intra-County Inequalities
Dr. Othieno Nyanjom
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Watch “Inequalities in Health in Kenya” Video Clip »

Equity in Health and Healthcare
Dr. Kenneth Munge, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust
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Afrobarometer and Regional Inequalities
Dr. Paul Kamau, University of Nairobi
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Gender and Equity in Kenya
Prof. Wanjiku Kabira, African Women Studies Centre

Social and Economic Rights
Dr. Steven Ouma, Pamoja Trust

Evening Event: What is Fair? Poetry Night
Presented by Kwani? Trust and IBPK

Highlights from Day 4


Day 5: Friday, September 23rd

Community Dialogue Circles
The Youth Congress and Korogocho Community
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Panel Discussions: Fairness, The Youth, and The Road to 2017
Mr. Ezra Chiloba, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and Senator Beatrice Elachi

Highlights from Day 5