Participatory Budgeting and Human Rights-based Approach to Development: Insights from Makueni County in Kenya

The Centre for Accountability and Global Development warmly invites you to join guest speaker His Excellency Professor Kivutha Kibwana, Governor of Makueni County in Kenya.

  • Wed 4 Nov 20

    11:00 - 13:00

  • Online

    Via Zoom, Please Register

  • Event speaker

    His Excellency Professor Kivutha Kibwana, Governor of Makueni County, Kenya

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    Centre for Accountability and Global Development Research Seminars

  • Event organiser

    Essex Business School

  • Contact details

    Dr Danson Kimani

The aim of this seminar is to understand how policymakers may engage with citizens and utilise participatory budgeting to achieve effective development agenda and promote and protect human rights within an emerging economy context.

Seminar abstract

Professor Kibwana will provide reflections of his tenure as Governor of Makueni County, in the aftermath of Kenya's new devolved system of governance.

Among the issues that will be discussed include the Governor's experience in implementing a participatory budgeting system in his government, and the significance of public engagement in public administration.

He will the discuss how participative citizenry can be promoted, as well as its value as a foundation for human rights-based approach to development.



This event is free to attend but we ask that you register to attend. Please feel free to encourage your friends, colleagues and classmates to attend.


Speaker bio

Professor Kibwana has an extensive background in civil society, academia and government.

Prior to his election as Governor of Makueni County, he served as Cabinet Minister in the dockets of Defence and Environment, respectively.

He has also previously served as a member of parliament for Makueni Constituency in the National Assembly of the Republic of Kenya (2002 - 2007).

Professor Kibwana also previously served as Presidential Advisor for Kenya's third president, on Constitutional Parliamentary and Youth Affairs (2008 - 2012).

Prior to his public sector engagements, Professor Kibwana had previously served as Dean in the Faculty of Law at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, where he taught law for 25 years.

He has authored several books on diverse issues such as constitutionalism, human rights, and democracy. 

He was instrumental in agitating for constitutional reforms in Kenya, whilst serving in the National Convention Council (1997 - 2002).

Professor Kibwana is alma mater of;

  • University of Nairobi, Kenya (LLB Degree)
  • University of London, UK (LLM)
  • Harvard University, USA (LLM)
  • Africa International University, Kenya (MA in Theological Studies)
  • George Washington University, USA (SJD)

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