Administration of Legal Issues in African Development for Global Sustainability

  • Edna Jemutai Moi, PhD Kenyatta University
  • David Minja, PhD Kenyatta University
  • Felistus Makhamara, PhD Kenyatta University
Keywords: Legal Systems, Innovation, Participation, Development, Sustainability, Africa
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Despite the evolution of legal systems in Africa, its development cannot be realized without the adoption of global practices relevant to the 21st-century complexities. Using data from Kenya, the objective of this paper was to determine people's awareness of legal issues, innovation tools for harnessing research data, and innovations for sustainability. This paper gives a brief history of government systems in various African countries which existed before colonization and further recommends mechanisms for promoting citizens’ legal rights. The paper highlights the administration of legal rights in Kenya citing new innovative tools for general development. It recommends ways that could be embraced for promoting development; the technology system, the rule of law, constitutionalism, democracy and stakeholders' support. The paper concludes that the majority of Kenyan citizens need legal awareness. The possible outcome of the process remains uncertain and open to further stakeholders' inputs. The paper finally recommends the increasing involvement of every stakeholder which is expected to increase the rate of Africa's development for global sustainability.


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4 April, 2020
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Moi, E., Minja, D., & Makhamara, F. (2020). Administration of Legal Issues in African Development for Global Sustainability. East African Journal of Law and Ethics, 2(1), 1-9.