The Constitution of Kenya

Office of Attorney General
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

Kenya's Constitution in Article 11 recognizes culture as the foundation of the national and cumulative civilization of the Kenyan people.

The article commits the government to promote all forms of national and cultural expressions and to protect the intellectual property rights of the Kenyan people.

The constitution further devolves cultural function therefore effectively giving the county/regional governments mandate for development and promotion of culture through allocation of budgets, planning and implementation of cultural programmes at the local level.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

1) The Constitution gives a provision for enactment of a National Culture Bill to give effect to article 11 of the constitution. A draft bill has been formulated and once it becomes an Act of Parliament it will provide for modalities to ensure communities receive compensation and royalties for use of their cultures and cultural heritage.

2) The Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Expressions Act (TK&CE) was enacted to address cultural issues as envisioned in the constitution.

3) Draft Languages of Kenya Policy developed which provided for the establishment of the National Kiswahili Commission to promote Kiswahili as a national and official language
4) Kenya Copyright Act was reviewed in 2019.

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

Financed through exchequer

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Attorney General
Public Sector
Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage
Public Sector
County Governments
Public Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 


Objetivo(s) de la Convención 2005 de la UNESCO
Cultural Domain(s)