Malindi Rights Forum (MRF)

 

Country

Kenya

Organization

Malindi Rights Forum (MRF)

MRF is a grassroots natural resource rights organization working in rural areas near the town of Malindi in the coast province of Kenya. In this region, large-scale salt mining companies have bought huge parcels of land in opaque deals with corrupt government officials, displacing local communities from their most productive land. Without their land, community members have few livelihood options besides working as casual laborers at the salt mines, where they earn less than two dollars per day. When communities have demonstrated against the companies in the past, they have been brutally repressed, beaten and shot at by police officers who had been paid by the companies. MRF is working to empower the local community to address these rights violations.

Project

Advocating for Land Rights and Accountability

Purpose: To reclaim grabbed community land and defend labor rights by reviving several stalled court cases against salt factories and building the labor rights capacity of workers.

Project Grant Amount $15,000
Total Grants Received $35,300
Years Supported 2
Theme Natural Resource Rights and Economic Justice
Population Served Ethnic minorities, Indigenous peoples, Men, Women