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Maina Kiai

Maina Kiai is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association. He has more than 20 years experience working in civil society and human rights in Kenya, Africa and globally.

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From funding projects to funding struggles: Reimagining the role of donors

January 17, 2017
By: Maina Kiai

While donors partner with civil society to counter shrinking civic space, their rigid funding systems ...


It’s time for development banks to start listening

August 17, 2016
By: Maina Kiai

The aid community often ignores the wishes of the very people it’s supposed to be helping. The world ...


Reclaiming space through UN-supported litigation

April 19, 2016
By: Maina Kiai

Working together, the UN and civil society are using innovative legal action to protect fundamental ...


In Kenya, averting a move to strangle civil society with the financial noose

December 18, 2013
By: Maina Kiai

In October Kenya introduced legislation capping foreign funding to NGOs and requiring that money be ...