Policy Coherence – Kenya

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION

1.1 Overview [page viii]

The second Medium Term Plan objectives were each mapped to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ensure that the global development framework and its implementation is directly linked to achieving both Vision 2030 and the SDGs. Th[e] Constitutional imperative for businesses supports the State’s commitment to protect human rights and is consistent with the State’s obligations under regional and international human rights instruments. In this respect, Articles 2(5) and (6) of the 2010 Constitution provide that the general rules of international law, and any treaty or convention ratified by Kenya, form part of the laws of Kenya. Therefore, treaties and international agreements that Kenya is a State Party to and international normative frameworks such as the UNGPs, are a part of the domestic legal framework.

 

CHAPTER TWO: THEMATIC AREAS OF FOCUS [page 12]

The NAP is aligned to Kenya’s vision 2030 and the SDGs for both vertical and horizontal policy coherence and integration. It links each of the identified themes and the cross cutting issues to the corresponding SDGs.

 

CHAPTER THREE: POLICY ACTIONS

3.1. Pillar 1: The State Duty to Protect [page 21]

States are expected to guarantee policy coherence across different government agencies, thereby ensuring that different state institutions are aware of and observe the State’s human rights obligations. The State’s duty in this regard includes providing these institutions with the requisite information through training and support (horizontal coherence) while ensuring that the policies and regulatory frameworks are consistent with the state’s human rights obligations (vertical coherence). This coherence should extend to the State’s investment treaties with other States or with business enterprises.

 

CHAPTER FOUR: IMPLEMENTATION AND MONITORING

4.1. SUMMARY OF POLICY ACTIONS 

 Strategic Objective Policy Actions Responsible Actor(s)
Strategic Objective 3:

Enhance access to justice for victims of business-related human rights abuses

Enhance inter-agency coordination in handling complaints of business-related human rights abuses that related to their mandate, including where there is an overlap of their mandate, including environment, labour and land matters