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Peer to Peer Series "Progressive Governance and Reform: a case study of Kenya” with EMPA candidate, William Tengecha Since Kenya got its independence in 1963, its socio-political and economic development has been slow due to poor leadership by successive regimes. The independence constitution favored autocratic style of government, where a lot of power and authority was vested at the Presidency without strong institutions to hold it accountable. This led to bad governance and prompted Kenyans to endure a long and painful protest for change. A major step towards the goal was achieved last year (August 2010), when a comprehensive new constitution was passed, which is not only expected to address bad leadership and governance issues but also guarantee people's fundamental rights and freedoms. Its successful implementation can be replicated by other developing and transitioning countries. William Tengecha is an EMPA candidate who is interested in the study of human rights, transparency and good governance while pursuing his degree at Maxwell. He is currently the Principal Human Rights Officer for the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights in Nairobi. He’s held a variety of other positions dealing with human rights and capacity building. He has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Business Studies from Kenyatta University in Kenya. When: Tuesday, November 29th Where: 204 Maxwell Hall Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Peer to peer is a series for Executive Masters in Public Administration students to share issues, problems or successes with their fellow students. Each student guest speaker will speak for about 20-30 minutes and then we will have a 20-30 minute discussion time. This event is open to all students. Lunch will be provided at the start of the event. Please RSVP to Kristina Donzella, kedonzel@maxwell.syr.edu by Friday, November 25th.


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