Improving Business and Human Rights (BHR): Mapping the East African BHR Sector

The impact of business on human rights is a relatively new area of engagement among the legal community, government, and businesses alike in East Africa, consistent with a global trend. The last decade has seen a growing engagement on this issue in the East Africa region, partly due to the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) by the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2011.
A4ID’s ROLE UK Programme commissioned this mapping report to better understand and disseminate learning on the landscape of business and human rights in East Africa, and therefore, better support partnerships involved in this area. The extent of engagement with business and human rights issues by either state or non-state actors in East Africa varies from country to country. This mapping report includes business and human rights stakeholders that could be classified into three broad categories:
  • organisations with business and human rights initiatives
  • organisations that have a broader mandate that could allow introducing business and human rights without leading to a ‘mission creep’ by the organisation. For instance, those that have an economic, social and cultural rights programme that could easily incorporate business and human rights issues
  • organisations which do not have any business and human rights-related programmes, but have expressed openness to include business and human rights in their current and near-future initiatives
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