[Featured Resource] Do More Empowered Citizens Make More Accountable States?

This week’s profiled resource is titled “Do More Empowered Citizens Make More Accountable States? Power and Legitimacy in Legal Empowerment Initiatives in Kenya and South Africa” and come to us from @francescaferuglio and the Institute of Development Studies. Francesca’s research examines the impact of lawyers and civil society organizations that use legal frameworks to hold states accountable for their obligations to their citizens.

More about Do More Empowered Citizens Make More Accountable States? Power and Legitimacy in Legal Empowerment Initiatives in Kenya and South Africa:

This research report examines four case studies of organisations that use legal based approaches to improve marginalised groups’ access to services, and how the state responds to them. These cases are Hakijamii, which helps people realise their socio-economic rights in Kenya; the Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support Programme in Nairobi, which supports sex workers in obtaining access to health care and challenging criminal charges; Ndifuna Ukwazi which tackles spatial inequality and land and housing segregation in Cape Town; and the Witzenberg Rural Development Center which supports and advises farm workers in one of the largest fruit growing regions in southern Africa.

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Its true that when citizens are empowered then can make state to be accountable because they tend to know what is good for them hence they are able to make inform choices.Citizens who are empowered are less corrupt and tend to promote justice.

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