A piece by Maina Kiai has been featured in openGlobalRights, a multi-lingual ezine that covers global human rights.
In the article, Kiai discusses legislation introduced in Kenya that would have capped foreign funding to NGOs. The law looked to be a death-knell for a vibrant civil society sector that has long been a shining example for the region. Luckily, after sustained local and international pressure, the legislation was narrowly defeated in the National Assembly in December.
Kenya is not out of the woods yet – the legislation may re-emerge next year. But Kiai argues that its experiences could be instructive for countries where civil society faces similar threats.
Update Jan. 13, 2014: The article is also now available in French.