CSO OUTREACH AND NETWORKING
The Institute for Social Accountability (TISA) implements several of its programs through collaborative processes.
TISA coordinates the Civil Society Organization (CSO) Social Audit Learning Program which seeks to deepen social audit tools, practice and impact through continuous, reflexive learning, exchange of best practice and joint advocacy to popularize, propagate and entrench the culture of citizen vigilance in local development in Kenya. Members of the Learning Program Include Centre for Human Rights and Civic Education (CHRCE), Centre for Enhancing Democracy and Good Governance (CEDGG), and Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI).
TISA is also a member of the parliamentary Initiative network (PIN) which is a forum for non-state actors in Kenya with a programmatic interest in Parliament. PIN brings together a number of CSOs including professional associations, think tanks and research institutions that focus on affecting Parliamentary business from a technical perspective.
Members of PIN collectively and individually commit themselves, to provide a coordinated framework for civil society organizations to support the Kenya National Assembly in reviewing proposed policies and drafting legislation. More specifically, the mandate extends- but is not limited -to providing information and research support to the National Assembly, its committees and Members in the areas of oversight, legislative and representation roles as well as designing tools to help the Assembly systematically monitor and track the implementation of decisions, policies and laws that it has made, as well as, enhance the institutional capacity of parliament generally.
Social vetting group is another networking initiative that TISA has played a key role in its formation. This is a network of CSOs working around social vetting of leadership in Kenya and consists of the following members: The Institute for Social Accountability (TISA),Katiba Institute, Legal Resources Foundation (LRF),Transparency International- Kenya, Development Through Media (DTM),Youth Agenda Africa, Community Aid International (CAI),Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC),I Choose Life Africa (ICL).
TISA is a member of the information network lobbying for the passage of a right to information law in Kenya
Previously TISA served as the secretariat for the defunct Social and Public Accountability Network (SPAN).This was a network of civil society organizations committed to enhancing the effectiveness of local development in Kenya. The Social and Public Accountability Network (SPAN) was a non-partisan, national network of Kenyan civil society organizations with a shared vision of accountability and integrity in the use of public resources in Kenya. The purpose of this network was to make local governance accountability efforts by Kenya Civil Society Organizations more organized, coordinated and efficient.
SPAN Members and Associates included: Abantu for Development (Abantu), Abenengo Eshinamwenyuli Youth Group, Action Aid Kenya (AAK), Bare Care Centre, CEDMAC, Centre for Enhancing Democracy and Good Governance (CEDGG), Centre for Human Rights and Civic Education (CHRCE), Institute for Economic Affairs Kenya (IEA-K), Institute of Participatory Development , Muslim for Human Rights (MUHURI), Kenya Human Rights Commission, Olosentu Dam Project, Poverty Eradication Network, Rural Community Development Agency RCDA-MERU, Strategies for Northern Development (SND), The Institute for Social Accountability (TISA), World Vision Kenya (WVK), RCE and SYW Coalition/AAIK.