CSO Reference Group

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Several Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Kenya, under the umbrella of the CSO Reference Group, have been spearheading a campaign to mobilise CSOs to participate in the development and implementation of a new enabling legal, regulatory and institutional framework for CSOs in Kenya that do public benefit work. This process has led to the development of an all inclusive ACT for CSOs engaged in public benefits activities, the Public Benefits Organisations (PBO) ACT 2013.

A new enabling legal environment is essential as it will ensure good governance by the CSOs on the one hand, while protecting legitimate civil society activity on the other. It provides a conducive framework for the engagement of CSOs in the implementation of the new constitution.


Group Photo at the PBO Bill Parliamentary Retreat in August 2012


Consultation & Drafting Process

The CSO Reference Group undertook extensive consultations through national and regional CSO Leaders’ consultations workshops and various thematic meetings. 

The drafting of the PBO ACT went through a professional process involving research on the nature of civil society and the history of CSO legislation in Kenya, comparative studies on other global legislations and new trends of international best practice, development of guiding principles and the production and refinement of various drafts leading to the final ACT.