Kenya is one of thirteen countries who have passed new constitutions since 2010. This book captures the experience of building a new country free from past inequalities, discrimination and human rights violations.


This is a biography of a country under transition. It offers global insights on how we can build active citizenship, a responsive state and constitutionalism. It draws from online and face to face conversations with constitutional activists as well as research.

The constitutional project will include a 100-150 page book and a set of 4-minute uploaded videos and podcasts. The book informs a deeper understanding of civic activism within an emerging Africa. It is hoped readers within the civic, public and the private sectors will act on these insights and expand the space for public voice and participation.

The book's author Irũngũ Houghton brings subject expertise, authority and visibility born of the last twenty-five years of comparative practical experience. Born and living in Kenya, he is a recognised and sought after mature analyst, committed activist and an authority on Kenyan and African political, social and economic affairs. The author is grateful to the Society for International Development, the Embassy of Sweden and the Social Change Initiative Fellowship.

Titled provisionally as #TheBook254, the book will be completed in late 2018.

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