"Giving is not just about making a donation, it is about making a difference"
Yesterday, 11th March, 2020, the Centre received a donation of an LCD Projector and an office Laptop from Maina Kironji.
Nairobi County has had a tumultuous ride since the 2017 elections. Consequently, when it was announced last week that the county government had exercised the option of transferring some of its functions to the national government it was just another chapter in this bumpy ride.
Many sentiments have been expressed about the decision. It is important, however, that our lens of assessment is right. We must choose whether we comment on the matter from an emotional, political or legal lens.
"...The importance of information is constitutionally recognised and internationally affirmed. It is for this reason that civic education has become a core component of any democratic society. The levels of information that citizens have on coronavirus currently is such that the preparations that the government is undertaking can easily be compromised by ignorance on the part of the citizenry.." - Dr. Collins Odote (Business Daily, March 9 2020)
"...When any Kenyan is mistreated, the law should and must take its course. However, when the events are associated with a particular race, then it opens the country to discussions that are both emotional and dangerous for the country. While there are good Chinese nationals in the country, it is unacceptable for any of national from China to treat Kenyans as a second-rate citizens in their country." Dr. Collins Odote.
"....It is surprising that, BBI, a framework to deal with the underlying issues affecting the Kenyan society and resulting tensions and divisions can ignore the land question. Knowing the place that land occupies in the country and how it is a trigger for several other conflicts in the country, any genuine efforts to address the country’s problems cannot ignore the land question. If that happens, it can only mean that there is no commitment to finding long-lasting solutions to what ails Kenya." Dr. Collins, Odote
At the centre of the 2-day conference held at the University of Nairobi on 23rd January 2020-24th January 2020, was the need to showcase experiences from research, field projects and best practices in climate change adaptation in African countries, which may be useful or implemented in other countries. The conference was interdisciplinary with participants drawn from diverse academic and professional backgrounds from over 15 countries.
" ....In reality though, Uhuru Park is not just land. It means much more. First it is the most important open space in the city. On any day you will find preachers, families relaxing, workers resting during breaks, traders selling their wares and politicians holding rallies. Open spaces serve important functions in any society."
-Dr. Collins Odote.
Read the full article here.
The Centre for Advanced Studies in Environmental Law and Policy (CASELAP) and the School of Law of the University of Nairobi on 5th, December 2019, co-hosted a public forum on the implications of the decision to construct the Nairobi Expressway across Uhuru Park on public participation, conservation of open spaces and sustainable development in Kenya.