The Jamii Asilia Centre (JAC), a Swahili name for Indigenous Peoples Centre is an Indigenous-led NGO founded in 2019 to protect and promote the rights of indigenous peoples in Kenya. Key amongst its target areas are their issues relating to socio-economics and sustainable, culturally relevant development.
The JAC has an operations office in Nakuru which is the central location to many of the target indigenous groups who are settled in the following counties, Turkana (Turkanas), Trans Nzoia (Ogiek of Mt. Elgon), West Pokot (Pokots), Elgeyo Marakwet (Sengwer), Baringo (Ilchamus and Endorois), Samburu (Samburus), Nakuru (Ogiek and Nubians), Kericho(Ogiek) and Narok (Maasais). The JAC aspires to provide a voice for the target groups and a unifying umbrella body to champion for inclusion and equity as espoused in both domestic and international laws towards a coordinated and systematic front to address constant violations which include inter alia forceful and illegal evictions, dispossession and displacements and underrepresentation in political spheres.
One of the founders of Jamii Asilia, Carson Kiburo, began advocacy work by filming the Endorois oral traditions, writing about his people and in community volunteerism, interviewing members of the society on socio-cultural issues. The idea was borne after a landmark ruling by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) in which the Endorois won a precedent-setting case against the Government of Kenya to restitution and compensation to the Endorois for loss of land and other attendant economic benefits tied to the land. The urge to step up—certainly envisioned picking up the cue from those who came before us. Global advocacy of Indigenous Peoples issues gave us space.
Jamii Asilia envisions a world that respects Indigenous Peoples’ rights, identity, self-determination and self-governance as entrenched in the United Nations Declarations on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
mission & vision
Our Mission is to promote and protect the rights of the Indigenous Peoples in Kenya. The JAC has adopted three broad approaches to work, these are themed as follows;
- Public education and training.
- Indigenous rights research and reforms.
- Partnership and networking.
“A state that recognizes, promotes, protects and fulfils indigenous peoples livelihoods”.
How we do our work