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The Vices of Discrimination

– Namati

  • Report
  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • 3 October 2019

A policy briefing from Namati highlights discriminatory practices in Kenya’s state-issued ID system

This policy brief from Namati explores the challenges that Kenyan citizens have experienced in obtaining state-issued identification, and the impact of ethnicity on the experiences of applicants.

Noting a wider cultural and historical context of discrimination against minority groups within Kenya – including the Nubian and Muslim communities – this briefing identifies significant delays and inefficiencies in the state-issued ID application processes that disproportionately affect certain ethnic groups.

Using a series of case studies, the briefing highlights the impact of these discretionary and discriminatory process on citizens from minority backgrounds. The authors also provide a series of policy recommendations for the Kenyan government targeted towards rectifying the flaws identified in the ID application process.