The School of Law, University of Nairobi is among five universities who will receive NOK 17, 906, 609 (Kshs. 236,000,000) in an Agreement between the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and the University of Zimbabwe (PTA No ZIB-13/0009) regarding the South-North collaboration in the fields of higher education and research (the NORHED Programme) launched in 2013. The project will support Masters, PhD and research for capacity building in law faculties to mainstream gender, non-discrimination, human rights and socio-economic rights frameworks and analysis into the application and administration of the law. Other universities in this project are the University of Oslo, University of Zambia and the University of Malawi.
The School of Law will receive a total of NOK 3,696,040 (Kshs. 48,000,000) between 2014 and 2019.
The main purpose of the grant is to strengthen the capacity among academic staff members at the partner law schools/faculties to review, revise and integrate the right to gender equality, and non-discrimination and relevant social and economic rights into courses taught through revision of programmes and courses; production of new literature focusing on gender mainstreaming, developing for standards of equality and non-discrimination and relevant socio-economic rights through research which is published.
The project’s specific (sub-) outcomes include:
1. Law school/faculty curricula at partner universities at all levels reformed with human rights, socio-economic right, non-discrimination, equality and gender as core elements.
2. Academic staff at partner institutions with strengthened academic, research and teaching capacity able to engage with high levels of legal and academic skills in the international arena with special emphasis on gender equality, non-discrimination and relevant socio-economic rights.
3. Targeting specially recruited masters’ students from groups experiencing discrimination on multiple grounds, such as the intersections of gender, ethnicity or disability to participate equally with other students at the Southern & Eastern Africa Research Centre on Women’s Law.
4. Knowledge transfer between South-South and South-North institutions.
5. Availing ICT equipment and developing policies and systems to ensure sustainable capacity to educate and research at partner law schools/faculties.
6. Administrative and financial systems improved and developed to meet academic, teaching and research requirements.
1. Undergraduate legal education (LLB) incorporates courses with human rights, socio-economic rights, gender equality and non-discrimination standards. Postgraduate courses and short courses updated with revised curriculum on human rights, socio-economic rights, gender equality and non-discrimination standards.
2. Increase in the number of academic staff at partner institutions with Masters and PhDs.
3. Academic staff remain at partner universities because of increased academic recognition and opportunities through upgrading of qualifications.
4. Relevant and high quality research on human rights, socio-economic rights, and gender equality and non-discrimination standards conducted and published at partner institutions.
5. Lecturer and student exchange between partner institutions.
6. Appropriate infrastructure, policies and systems to ensure sustainable capacity to educate and research.
7. Administrative and financial systems up to date and adequate.
Inputs to facilitate attainment of project objectives include:
Appropriately qualified academic staff.
Computer applications for e-learning platforms
Software upgrades and equipment maintenance - ad hoc
Internet - high speed broad band for all partners - including maintenance and subscriptions
Library books - e-book subscriptions
Journal subscriptions - including e-journals
Student scholarships - including airfares, accommodation, subsistence, book allowances.
Child care and related support for mothers with young children
Academic staff supported by NORHED airfares, hotel and subsistence
Student medical aid support
Administrative support staff
Equipment for disabled students - as required
Printing and stationery supplies