New guidelines to strengthen CSOs in the Coast Region

Members of the Network during the launch of the new guidelines./COURTESY

Coast Civil Society Organizations have launched new guidelines that will provide a road map towards establishing and/or strengthening CSOs in the region.

The guidelines launched by the Coast Civil Society Network for Human Rights provide a framework for collaboration between the network members working on human rights in the Coast region, define the roles, relationships, and obligations of members and provide a code of conduct for members in the network.

Speaking in Mombasa during the launch of the guidelines, Coast Civil Society Network for Human Rights Chair Zedekiah Adika said that the guidelines are also meant to assist civil society organizations working to uphold democracy, human rights, rule of law, and governance issues.

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“Today we are here to launch our guidelines and policies as the civil society. We see that in the coastal area, there are a lot of CSOs and it is correct we put our house in order,” said Adika.

The guidelines provide a mode of engagement for the members who voluntarily commit to be part of the organized network, while fully embracing the principles of engagement and can be altered upon consent by subscribing members to reflect the changing realities of the sector.