Welcome to International Institute For Legislative Affairs (IILA)

ILA Logo Without LabelThe International Institute for Legislative Affairs (IILA) is a not- for- profit organization that works closely with the Policy making institutions, Government Departments, Members of Parliament and other stakeholders in the legislative process to draft and advocate for pro- people policies and legislation. IILA was founded in 2004 as the Parliamentary Advocacy Action Group (PAAG) and registered as a Trust in 2006 under the Trustees (Perpetual Succession) Act of Kenya. Its name changed to the National Assembly Support Initiative (NASI) in 2005 and subsequently to the Institute for Legislative Affairs (ILA) in 2006. In 2011 (11th March) its legal status changed to a company limited by guarantee. …. Learn More

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To enhance legislative process by providing technical support to law making institutions and other stakeholders
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Thematic Areas


Good governance is the recipe  for positive development  for any nation. However,  there has to be check and balances that ensures  actualization  and realization  of set goals. The Kenya constitution dispensation  for participation has promoted horizontal communication whereby common  man has been given a voice. With this new development new responsibility and opportunity to…


Food shortage is a major issue in many developing nations. Hunger and famine continues to claim lives in sub-Saharan Africa, robbing its people dignity. In the past measures have been put into place in a bid to curb this trend, however a series of recurrence has been witnessed in various parts of Kenya. This is a problematic area to any nations that focus and seeks to engender…

Public Health

Public Health is one of the thematic  areas that ILA works on. Some of the work that ILA has done in this area include: Public Education, Awareness  and Advocacy  campaign  around the Counsellors, Psychologists and Psychotherapists Bill of 2007 that sought to streamline the relevant professions and promote quality service delivery in the sector. Since 2004, ILA has worked on …

Recent/Ongoing Projects

IMG_7632 ILA is currently working on Road safety Bill that seeks to amend the Traffic Act, Cap 403 and to provide for safety measures and enforcement mechanisms and for connected purposes.
The Bill seeks to introduce a 30Km/h speed limit on roads around schools. Also increasing the safety of pedestrians through better safety features, such as crossings, underpasses and footbridges; properly designed safety features will reduce the number of pedestrians being killed and injured.
Road crashes remain… .
Silhouette of man drinking alcohol, close upILA has been involved in drafting and lobbying for the passing of Alcohol control Legislation.
This process began as early as 2006, with critiquing proposed amendments to the now repealed Liquor Licensing Act under Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No.2) Bill 2005. This was presented to a public forum for debate.
The amendments proposed to bring traditional liquor under the Liquor Licensing Act and repeal the Traditional Liquor Act, so as to abolish several licenses and reduce the cost of doing business in Kenya.
Currently, The Institute of Economic Affairs-Kenya, International Institute for Legislative Affairs Kenya and Kenyatta University are partners in a four-country research project whose objective is to analyze data and understand the policy …
Mental HealthPeople with mental illness and epilepsy in Kenya are often denied their fundamental rights to dignity, freedom from discrimination and freedom from torture. In this regard ILA, in Partnership with Basic NEEDS ( an Organization established in 2005 to intervene in mental health in the context of development through holistic interventions) was lobbying for the review of the Mental Health Act as well as finalization of the country’s Mental Health Policy to align it with the current Constitution which include the principles of human dignity, participation, protection, non-discrimination, human rights,
inclusiveness and equity to apply to those with mental health illnesses.
In consultation with the Ministry of Medical Services (Division of Mental Health) and the co-ordination committee members….
IMG_1229In 2009 – 2010, ILA hosted a Consortium of 11 organisations which carried out a situational analysis of tobacco control in Kenya funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Bill Gates Foundation. The Analysis focussed on the enforcement of smoke free legislation in Nairobi and involved a baseline survey to identify where the law is not being enforced, meetings with policy makers and various stakeholders and interest groups to support a smoke free Nairobi. ILA has also been involved in other baseline surveys and has recently conducted a research on the tobacco taxation in Kenya; whose results are being used to lobby for increased taxation of tobacco products in Kenya in line with WHO recommendations in order to improve the tobacco taxation system in Kenya and provide for regular, effective tax increases and creation of a sustainable funding mechanism for tobacco control programs in Kenya…
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deposits, unclaimed shares of stock, or uncashed dividend cheques, but may also include unused gift
certificates of gift cards, unused rebates and customer credits, accounts receivable, uncashed vendor cheques, and various types of credits reflected on the books and records of a company.
ILA has been working with partners including the Unclaimed Property Assets Register (UPAR), ABANTU for Development, World Vision Kenya…
The Capacity Assessment exercise was planned, organized and conducted under the DFID-funded Kuza project, implemented by Adam Smith International and the County government of Mombasa. The International Institute for Legislative Affairs were the project consultants. The assessment was conducted in May and April 2015.
The purpose of the assessment was to determine capacity of Mombasa County to develop policies. The Assessment focused on the line Departments in Mombasa County, the Policy and Research Directorate and the Secretariat established to coordinate the development of policies in Mombasa County.
In assessing the capacity, the exercise was based on four key pillars i.e. human capacity, organizational capacity, budgets and the policy environment. The four pillars were identified as key to ensuring the County is able to develop sound and timely policies that are responsive to the people of Mombasa. The exercise sought to determine the ability to develop, leadership, coordination and monitoring and evaluation of policies.
The findings from the assessment were to form basis for designing a capacity development process starting with a scheduled training which was to be preceded by this assessment.
The key finding of the assessment was that there now no human capacity to engage in policy process. However, there was basic organizational capacity as well as the enabling environment. Consequently, the report recommends that the county executive development a capacity building programs to enhance the human capacity as well as undertake various structural changes to the policy development and coordination system.

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November 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

Kenyan consumers have been spared higher prices of beer, juices, kerosene, water and second-hand cars after Parliament delayed the enforcement of a new law that empowers the taxman to charge new taxes that Treasury secretary […]

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Mental Health in Kenya from Whispers to Awareness

November 16th, 2015|0 Comments

There are currently 81 psychiatrists for a population of 41.6 million Kenyans. Most of these are in private practice with around 25 psychiatrists located in the public sector and even then are concentrated within urban […]

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Excise Duty ACT 2015

November 10th, 2015|0 Comments

The Excise Duty Bill, 2015, was assented by the President and gazzetted by the Government printer on Friday 6th November 2015 . In principle, the Act shall commence not later than three months of notice […]

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Public perception on Mental Health Infograph

November 10th, 2015|0 Comments

An infographic on Public perception on mental health, level of awareness of individuals with mental illness amongst the general public and general public’s awareness of initiatives undertaken by the government to address mental health issues.

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Measuring Devolution in Kenya; What We Need to Know, First!

November 6th, 2015|0 Comments

By Patrick Mariru

It is clear from most writers, that decentralization has been adopted in many jurisdictions as a preferred governance structure and system. There are clear arguments on the fact that centralized governance is increasingly being avoided and there is a marked preference for decentralization. According to Crook and Manor (1998, 1), decentralization is evident in autocratic as well […]

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October 16th, 2015|0 Comments

By Patrick Mariru
Citizens dynamics in governance is practically a new area in Kenya today. In the past, citizens dynamics and engagement in governance matters was largely unstructured and not expressly provided for in the constitution and legal regimes. It is important to underscore that direct engagement of the citizens in all matters that concern them is critical and a good governance […]