The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Project

Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Project: A Local to Global Right-based Approach 

The LWF World Service Local to Global rights based approach model focuses on realizing impact at the community level by linking local programming action to global level (national, regional and international) advocacy. The model ensures that debates at these levels influence and inform policy, legal and institutional reforms and practice that would positively impact on the rights and lives of the target community. Primarily, this model is designed to empower the target community to be agents of change, by enabling them to identify and prioritize issues affecting them and support them to amplify their voices through various advocacy forums as well as engaging with the relevant duty bearers.

 LWF has identified the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism as an essential local to global advocacy approach which,  due to its state led and peer review nature, provides credible space that utilizes political peer pressure within the UN system to achieve impact at community level. LWF Kenya-Djibouti is part of the East and Horn of Africa (including Ethiopia, South Sudan and Uganda) UPR project supported by Bread for the World.

In Kenya the project engages refugees and asylum seekers in the refugee camps (Dadaab and Kakuma) as well as urban refugees mainly in Nairobi. As a country, Kenya has undergone 2 cycles of reviews (2010 and 2015) and received various recommendation concerning the rights of refugees. Subsequently the GoK has developed the UPR 2nd Cycle implementation Matrix 2015-2019, in which LWF will be keenly monitoring implementation of commitments by the GoK concerning the rights of refugee in general with a special focus on rights to access to education. In particular LWF Kenya will check the implementation of the governments' Guidelines on Admission of Non-citizens to Institution of Basic Education and Training in Kenya, 2016.

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