In 2013, PBI deployed a team of international volunteers to Kenya, following extensive field and desk-based research into the human rights situation in the country and the related needs of human rights defenders. PBI has since endeavoured to establish the legal and administrative structures of the project, while conducting ongoing research into the human rights situation and the challenges faced by human rights defenders, as well as exploring ways of supporting HRDs in their work.
In order to do this, the team met with many different actors, including representatives from the international community, among them embassies and international NGOs. The Kenya Project also constantly interacts with Kenyan authorities and, most importantly, many local human rights organisations and HRDs. Based in Nairobi, the team has also visited the Coast, West and Central parts of Kenya. In 2014, PBI Kenya began to actively engage in national and international advocacy and started to provide protective accompaniment to HRDs.
Where appropriate, PBI links grassroots HRDs with actors from the international community as well as civil society organisations, with a view to broadening HRDs networks and thereby increasing their working space and level of protection.