National Dialogue on Political Parties’ Internal Democracy in Kenya

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29 May 2017

The National Dialogue on Political Parties’ Internal Democracy was jointly organized by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) and the Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD-Kenya).

The central theme of the dialogue is gender in political parties’ intra-party democratic processes, internal systems and practices. The Dialogue aims to be a platform for collective reflection and consensus-building by key political stakeholders on parties’ internal procedures for nominating candidates in Kenya. The idea is to foster compliance with the constitutional provision that not more than two-thirds of the members of any elected or appointed body shall be of the same gender. The aim of the meeting was to enable its participants to:

  • Analyse intra-party democracy processes and systems to identify the gender-based impediments to accessing elected positions of power and decision-making at all levels in Kenya;
  • Assess the state of regulatory frameworks to increase the nomination of women candidates and devise measures/mechanisms for monitoring political parties’ nomination processes; and
  • Define the key elements that will be required in political parties’ strategies to achieve gender equality in candidate nomination in Kenya.







Session 1: Opening session

Session 2: Comparative analysis of political parties through a gender lens

Session 3: Contextual analysis and overview of the implementation of the constitutional principle on gender parity in elections and politics

Addendum to Session 3: Assessment of the electoral framework

Session 4: Political parties’ internal processes and practices

Day 2: Recap


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Image credit: International IDEA

Image credit: International IDEA 

Press Release

A collection of speakers from past events.

Top row from left to right: Patricia Torsney, Permanent Observer for the Inter-Parliamentary Union to the United Nations; Anne-Marie Goetz, Professor of Global Affair at the New York University; Maria Bassols, Deputy Permanent Representative for the Permanent Mission of Spain to the United Nations; Malene Almeida, Coordinator at Praia City Group on Governance Statistics; Rumbidzai Kandawasvika-Nhundu, Senior Advisor at International IDEA. 

Middle Row from left to right:  Annika Silva-Leander, Head of Democracy Assessment at International IDEA; Keboitse Machangana, Former Director of Global Programme at International IDEA; Annika Savill, Executive Head for the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF); Njeri Kabeberi, Chair of International IDEA’s Board of Advisers; Sarah Lister, Head of Governance at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Margot Wallström, Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden. 

Bottom row from left to right: Pippa Norris, Lecturer and Political Science at Harvard University; Simonetta Sommaruga, President of the Swiss Confederation; Maria Leissner, Ambassador at Sweden’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs; Riika Laatu, Finnish Ambassador to Myanmar; Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group.