Mazingira Institute (Kenya)
Nominee for HIC President
HIC ‘Triple Worlds’ Leadership Challenge
I use the ‘Triple Worlds’ expression to present my conception of the HIC leadership challenge that must be met.
The triple worlds of HIC are its inner world, outer world and another world. The leadership challenge is to help to achieve that:
HIC in its Inner World, becomes more responsive to members, innovative and results oriented, within its structures, which include: Board, Secretariat, HLRN, HSEN, HICWAS, Working Groups and Regional Focal Points. And HIC is sustained as a transnational habitat coalition.
HIC in its Outer World, becomes a more people-centred, activist and reflective participant and a collaborator in the local and global social process. And HIC matches its strengths with opportunities.
HIC in its Another World, strives for a social and international order in which the human dignity and human rights of every one, rather the few, are fully realized. And HIC contributes to achieving sustainability of the environment and effective participation everywhere in shaping and sharing of human habitats for the well-being of everyone.
Mazingira Institute and Nominee in HIC:
Member, HIC as Coalition, from 1987.
Member, HIC as Council, before 1987.
Former Board Member and Treasurer.
Regional Focal Point, Anglophone
First HIC WAS Secretariat, 1989-1996.
Member, HIC Sustainable Environment Network.
Coordinator, HRLN Sub-Saharan African Programme.
An organizer, 1987 Limuru Conference, transformed HIC from Council to Coalition.
The Nominee has been an active participant in HIC for two decades. He is conversant with transnational social and intergovernmental arenas. Trained as policy analyst/environmentalist and as an architect. Part of the Kenyan social movement leadership, engaged in the ‘second liberation’ from post-colonial dictatorship and instituting reform for a new democratic constitution. A former member – as an urban scholar, Scientific Steering Committee of MOST Programme of UNESCO. Former Chair, Global Civil Society Forum, allied to UNEP. He headed the project team for the delivery of physical facility for WSF 2007 in
A founder of Men for the Equality of Women (MEW) organization (
A recipient of the UN-HABITAT Scroll of Honour Award (1999), for promoting secure land tenure and transparent land allocation. The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, Firimbi (Whistle Blowers) Award (2006) for fight against corruption and promoting land reform.
The stand on globalization is: free people-centered globalization, and not, free market-centered globalization.
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