A Regional Symposium on Human Rights and Global Poverty
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Conference Dates: 
Wed, 2011-09-28 - Fri, 2011-09-30

Symposium held at Lake Naivasha Country club, Nairobi September 28th - 30th, 2011 Organized by the Centre for Human Rights and Peace, University of Nairobi, in collaboration with the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo This Symposium addressd experiences, opportunities and constraints on human rights and rights-based approaches to poverty eradication in Kenya, and selected cases from other East African countries. The main purpose was to produce and exchange original research on human rights and poverty reduction with the aim of disseminating such findings through international publications. Poverty means “deficiency in necessary properties or desirable qualities” and it is thus not limited to being in a state of need or lack of means of subsistence (situations which determine the extent of financial need of a person / group). Being impoverished is more than lacking financial means. It is inadequacy, destitution and deprivation of economic, political, and social and human resources. This broader perspective shows that poverty is multidimensional. The Center for Human Rights and Peace at the University of Nairobi organized the symposium on Poverty as a Human Rights Violation? calling upon Social Science and Law Scholars in Kenya and East Africa to expand their realm of poverty research and discourse in order to truly evaluate the situation of poverty in our region from human rights perspectives. Contributors were invited to develop papers, bearing in mind the past historical injustices, individual government policies, the regional cooperation efforts, the economic situation, the role of religion, civil society, the political context, and how the current system maintains the advantages of the privileged to favor status quo. The Symposium aimed at raising a research based public discourse on poverty as a serious and composite human rights problem in Kenya and East Africa in general; and as an obstacle to building peace and prosperity within and among groups. By making empirical and analytical links between human rights and poverty, the thematic foci of the conference revolved around the following set of issues;  Indicators of poverty in Kenya and other East African countries;  National policies and measures for the eradication of poverty in the region;  Regional efforts to tackle poverty and inequality;  Participatory approaches to poverty eradication;  Poverty production and how power influence actors who mobilize against poverty;  Gender based inequalities;  Poverty and vulnerable populations (Children, Refugees, Pastoralists communities etc.);  Urban and Rural poverty;  Access to land and land right education 2