Welcome to International Institute For Legislative Affairs (IILA)

ILA Logo Without LabelWe are  a not for profit organisation that brings together Christian professionals and students from tertiary institutions in Kenya. IILA offers technical support to government departments, Members of Parliament and other stakeholders in the legislative process in terms of research, drafting of legislation and lobbying. IILA also engages in public education and awareness campaigns to educate the public on proposed and current legislation. We have 3 thematic areas: Governance, Agriculture and Public Health…. Learn More

To be the institution of choice on matters of the legislative process in Kenya
Enhancing the legislative process in Kenya by providing technical support to Members of parliament, lawmaking entities and other stakeholders
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Thematic Areas

Governance

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…

Agriculture

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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Status of Constitutional Bills Due for Passage By Parliament

August 27th, 2015|0 Comments

Source: CIC
The CIC is mandated by the Constitution to oversee the preparation of Bills that are required to implement the Constitution of Kenya 2010. The Constitution sets out timelines for the passage of the Bills […]

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Bleak future for tobacco farming in Migori, Kenya

August 26th, 2015|0 Comments

By Kassim Adinasi

Tobacco farming in Migori County may soon be phased out as farmers are slowly shifting to maize and other subsistence crops due to alleged frustration from tobacco firms.

In the previous harvesting season, for […]

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Demographics Statistics Projection

August 24th, 2015|0 Comments

By Fred Mugambi
The United Nations has just released the World Population Prospects (2015 Revision). This is a respected publication that summarises economic, social and environmental data from member countries of the United Nations.

The 2015 global […]

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MPs debate bills that could change how Kenya Defence Forces work

August 18th, 2015|0 Comments

Members of the National Assembly will this afternoon debate two bills whose provisions could have far-reaching implications in the operations of the military. The Kenya Regiment (Territorial Force) (Repeal) Bill 2015 will be seeking to […]

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In sickness and in health, until death do us part: A man’s heartache at the loss of his wife

March 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

By STELLA CHERONO

On February 25 this year, a man logged onto his Facebook account at 4:55am and posted a most heart-wrenching message.

His wife had died just a few hours earlier, and in that trying moment he felt compelled to vent out the emotions coursing through his veins.

“My wife, the late Janet Ciru Akolo, was experiencing severe attacks that made it […]