Framing rights - building democracy

Simone Ibiyemi Olagoke Hagensen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


The Kenyan political practice has historically been characterized by restriction and sometimes repression of space for and practice of political participation by the ‘ordinary people’. This thesis is a case study of the Nairobi based group Bunge la Mwananchi (BLM), which translates into People’s Parliament. The core of the BLM is the practice of critical public deliberation and political mobilization, as two mutually reinforcing practices. This is explored and understood as at once a political education and a form of political participation, where the activists then become facilitators of demand-driven situated critical learning processes, which simultaneously contribute to building critical aware constituency of a movement with the aim of social transformation and the development of a relevant and radical African democracy. Conceptualizing social transformation, the thesis draws on Thomas Nail’s Constructive Strategies for social transformation. The thesis also draws on Ernest Wamba-dia-wamba’s Pan-African writings on Palaver as popular democracy and Paulo Freire’s Critical Pedagogy of emancipatory praxis, which combines reflection through dialogue and action through political mobilization.

UddannelserGlobal Studies, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato5 maj 2014
VejledereBodil Folke Frederiksen


  • radical social transformation
  • political practice as strategy for development
  • critical pedagogy
  • Rights based approach
  • Social movement
  • democracy