Thank you, @Maryama, for sharing this. It’s an admirable endeavor and I’m glad the Kenyan government is paying attention to the issue of public participation.
Community paralegals and other grassroots justice advocates often advance public participation by helping communities to understand their roles and rights, and to take advantage of opportunities they have for taking part in governance, especially in areas that affect their lives the most, like the delivery of basic services, and decision-making related to their livelihoods, land, and wellbeing.
The draft policy cites past issues with public participation, including limited public awareness, capacity, and motivation. Community paralegals act as intermediaries that can help to close this gap by informing and mobilizing the public.
In my opinion, the policy could do more to acknowledge the critical role of these intermediaries (whether they go by the title community paralegal or otherwise). It should also commit to supporting and financing them as a means of increasing citizens’ engagement.
Good luck with this!