Kenya and Africa

How can democracy thrive in places marked by corruption and a restricted civic space? We will talk about Kenya, where disadvantaged populations often have no access to democracy or justice to speak of. In impoverished areas, civil society has taken on basic democratic elements like community initiatives, independent courts, and local policing, often outside the state's organisation.

In non-democratic contexts, activists calling for political change can put their life and safety at risk. How can they promote change when peaceful protest is frequently targeted?

Their journey is courageous, as they work to promote democratic values in an environment that often doesn't allow free expression.

Diffe Lichume will tell us more about his experiences as a democracy activist in Kenya and the challenges he faces.

Learn more about Dife's organisation Ghetto Foundation here.


Mini Documentary - Diffe explains the realities and challenges of democracy activism in Kenya


Diffe was joined by two other speakers.

Martin Kpebu is a Ghanaian lawyer and rights activist. He has successfully sued for the enjoyment of a number of rights in Ghana's Supreme Court. These include the right to bail for suspects/accused persons/defendants, not jailing bondsmen, and the right of a suspect/accused/defendant to be brought before a judge within 48 hours including weekends and public holidays. Martin also advised on the abolition of the death penalty for most of the crimes with the death penalty in Ghana.

Obert Masaraure is the National President of the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe, which works to defend the labour rights of teachers and to protect schools, students and teachers from political interference and manipulation. He provides leadership and direction for the organization and leads networking and communication on behalf of the Union.


Re-watch the webinar here