David Hackworth once wrote that “If a policy is wrongheaded, feckless and corrupt I take it personally and consider it a moral obligation to sound off and not shut up until it's fixed.”  At ACCPR we work to fix ‘wrongheaded, feckless and corrupt’ policies and laws at all levels. We work towards continuous improvement of existing legislative and policy frameworks. We however recognize that this is easier said than done and requires comprehensive research and evaluations, partnerships and extensive advocacy.

Our policy and legal division provides though-provoking ideas on the place of law and policy on development in Africa. We seek to place legislations, regulations, by-laws, treaties, conventions, soft laws and policy interventions at the heart of development across the socio-economic and political context. We simplify laws and policies for the masses, including children, to understand and engage; we provide legal and policy opinions and briefs; develop inclusive policy and advocacy strategies; build capacity of stakeholders to undertake advocacy; develop treaty reports and roadmaps for implementation of concluding observations; analyses budgets and policy statements.

In a nutshell, the policy division strategically engages with clients, partners, research institutions, civil society among other stakeholders at the sub-national, national, regional and global levels in:

Treaty reporting and monitoring

Treaty reporting and monitoring

ACCPR has engaged with various regional and international treaty bodies. We have worked with different stakeholders in the conceptualization of State reports, shadow reports and monitoring of the implementation of concluding observations of such conventions as the    United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) including the Optional Protocols; United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) including its optional protocol; International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICPPR); International Covenant on Economic and Social Cultural Rights (ICESR); the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child; the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR) ACCPR has engaged with various regional and international treaty bodies. We have worked with different stakeholders in the conceptualization of State reports, shadow reports and monitoring of the implementation of concluding observations of such conventions as the    United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) including the Optional Protocols; United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) including its optional protocol; International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICPPR); International Covenant on Economic and Social Cultural Rights (ICESR); the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child; the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR)

Policy and legislative drafting

Policy and legislative drafting

 We undertake actual formulation and drafting of legislations, amendments to legislation, regulations, by laws and policies informed by data, statistics and analysis from the research division. We follow through the legislative and policy processes-formulation to implementation- to ensure continuous improvement of the policy and legal environment.

Policy and legislative briefs

Policy and legislative briefs

 ACCPR Provides and analysis of existing legislative and policy gaps and concludes with recommendations for stakeholders, particularly policymakers on strategies to aid the elimination of child marriage in Kenya. The study will identify gaps in legislation, policies and practice and make recommendations on necessary lobby and advocacy strategies for review and enactment of laws, policies and practices that comprehensively address gaps identified in the thematic areas.

Policy and legislative advocacy

Policy and legislative advocacy

ACCPR has extensive experience in the formulation and rolling out implementation of comprehensive advocacy strategies and frameworks for policy and legislative influencing. We identify specific peer organizations and stakeholders on the concerned legislative and policy issue and organize fora to discuss and brainstorm. Our experts concretize the proposals for presentation to appropriate agencies and platforms. We also undertaken innovative and influential evaluations and impact assessments of the political advocacy work and wider public awareness-raising activities.

Legal and policy opinions and evaluations

Legal and policy opinions and evaluations

 Effective legislative and policy-formulation necessarily involves evaluation and learning processes basically involving in-depth and intense analysis. With the aim of contributing to legal and policy development and improvement, ACCPR has the expertise and experience to provide clients and partners with rigorous and robust legal and policy assessments including analysis of policy and legislative rationale, analysis of budgets and budget policies, impact on beneficiaries, stakeholders’ perceptions and cross-referencing with different jurisdictions.