Get Informed! Get Involved!
In Kenya, various historical factors have resulted in political exclusion of the youths. Since 1996, Youth Agenda has been active in developing programmes that increase the quality and level of involvement and participation of young people in the political process from Pre-election to Election and finally Post-election period.
PROJECT TITLE: TOWARDS OPEN CONTRACTING;
PROJECT DONOR: KENYA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION (KCDF)
TARGET AREA: NAIROBI COUNTY
PROJECT DURATION: 12 MONTHS (November 2022-November 2023)
Towards Open Contracting is a project anchored on the legal requirement for women, youth and People With Disability ( PWDs) to access 30% of Government Procurement opportunities implemented within the context of the AGPO program, as well as the Executive order No. 2 of 2018 that directs all public procurement entities to maintain and continuously update and publicize the information of all tenders awarded. Specifically, the project seeks to promote Open Contracting in AGPO in Nairobi City County.
- Nairobi City County Open Contracting portal developed to ease storage, sharing and accessing procurement information
- Increased understanding and demand for open contracting by youth owning enterprises, community-based organisations and relevant committees in the county assembly
- Accountability mechanisms created to receive and act upon stakeholder feedback on Open Contracting
DONOR: US Embassy in Nairobi
TARGET COUNTIES: Bungoma, Uasin Gishu and Nairobi City County
PROJECT PERIOD: 6 Months (November 2022 – April 2023)
Strengthening Student Involvement in Governance (SSIG) project is anchored on the Public Participation principle provided for in the Constitution of Kenya. It aims to enhance student participation in governance in Kenya, based on the constitutional principle of public involvement. Through student activism, the project seeks to advance Rule of Law, Democracy, and Good Governance in the country.
- Increased knowledge among student leaders in institutions of higher learning in the target counties of Bungoma, Uasin Gishu, and Nairobi about democratic governance and public participation, as well as students’ roles in promoting inclusive, democratic government.
- Strengthened skills and networks of the student leaders to participate effectively in local and national issues.
- Available platforms for student leaders to interact with policy makers on the involvement of students in governance and decision making.
- Personal and professional connections formed to connect students in Kenya and the United States through discussion on democracy, governance, inclusive societies and more.
DONOR: Ford Foundation through Youth Line Forum of Uganda
TARGET COUNTRIES: Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania
IMPLEMENTING PARTNERS: Youth Line Forum in Uganda and Tanzania Youth Vision Association in Tanzania
PROJECT PERIOD: One Year (July 2021 – July 2022)
The project sought to build a strong movement of University scholars across the East African Region that can amplify youth voices and stand in solidarity with each other on shared objectives. In this project, University activism was strengthened as a way of contributing to the growth of a cohort of networked active, civically competent, proactive students that are unified to push back against shrinking political space in the region.
- A strong cross border university students solidarity movement
- More University students actively engaging in activism in the East African region
- University students in the region feel a sense of security and confidence to engage in activism
Donor: UNDP Kenya
Target Counties: Nairobi City County
6 Months (July 2020 – December 2020)
In a bid to manage the global Covid-19 pandemic, Kenya was given immediate funding through the Kenya Covid-19 Emergency Response Project which aims to supply the much-needed relief material and critical health care facilities to contain the virus. The Wajibika project (Be Responsible) seeks to promote transparency, accountability and public participation in the administration and expenditure of the Kenya Covid-19 Emergency Response funds; where the citizen capacity is build open contracting and public expenditure tracking.
- Improved access to information on Covid 19 response and County procurement.
- Improved accountability in administration of the Covid 19 response funds.
- Adherence to the Legal Frameworks on public expenditure as per PFM Act 2012
Donor: Ford Foundation
Target Counties: Nandi, Nakuru, Kisumu, Kwale & Nairobi
Project Period: October 2018 – October 2019
The overarching goal of this intervention is to influence governments to be more responsive, inclusive and accountable to youth agendas, thus creating an enabling environment for youth to thrive not survive. To achieve this, the project sought to enhance the capacity of youth to organize and participate in decision making and holding government to account for implementation of the CIDP; create synergy in the youth movement by creating platforms for peer sharing, learning and strategizing; and Facilitate evidence based advocacy through gathering and dissemination of social audit findings.
- Improved organization and skills among the youth on engagement with county planning and monitoring in Nandi, Nakuru, Kisumu, Kwale & Nairobi
- Increased capacity of youth legislators in their oversight role in implementation of the CIDP and Annual Plans in the 5 target counties
- Increased access to information by the county executive in charge of youth and other stakeholders of youth priorities that guide programmatic and policy interventions.
- Strengthened institutional governance, framework and resource base of YAA to continue to effectively and efficiently pursue youth matters.
16,461 Youths Reached (40% Females)
46 MCAs Reached (48% Females)
5 County Departments of Youths reached
Donor: DAI through Deepening Democracy Programme
Target Counties: Tharaka Nithi and Trans Nzoia Counties
Project Period: August 2018 – August 2019
The project sought to offer a series of opportunities for learning and organizing for youth-led and oriented groups’ in order to engage in monitoring and advocating for the implementation of the CIDP’s annual program and budget processes, and Provide technical assistance for youth caucuses in the county assemblies in order to have meaningful engagement with youth-led and oriented groups and create an accountability demand structure of the CIDP’s annual program implementation and budget processes. Youth Agenda implemented a series of learning and strategy meetings for youth leaders and youth-led groups. The project identified youth representatives in Tharaka Nithi and Transnzoia counties, provided training and resources to help the youth representatives conduct a citizen audit of county development projects and organize community meetings on the findings. In addition, Youth Agenda has facilitated meetings with county governments to discuss the findings of the audits and provided opportunities to advocate for community priorities.
- Increased awareness and skills among the youths on the CIDP and the county budgeting process.
- Increased activeness among the youths on engagement to county governance process.
- Enhanced skills and knowledge among the Youth MCAs to have meaningful engagement with youth-led and oriented groups and create an accountability demand structure of the CIDP’s annual program implementation and budget processes
1418 Youths Impacted by the Project in Tharaka Nithi and Transnzoia County
10 Youth MCAs’ Impacted by the Project in Tharaka Nithi and Transnzoia County
Two County Department for Youths Impacted by the Project in Tharaka Nithi and Transnzoia County
# Vote A Dada
Donor: UN Women
Target Counties: National
The project sought to bridge three key gaps, lack of data on young women and lack of visibility and accountability by systematically collecting, analyzing and sharing information on young women participation as voters, aspiring as candidates, their trends in party primaries, campaign experiences and final performance in the 2017 elections.
- Enhanced access to evidence based information on young women participation in the 2017 electoral processes.
- Enhanced Visibility of Young Women candidates, and a more responsive leadership to youth issues 2017
- Enhanced Participation of Youth as Ambassadors of Peace in the 2017 general Election.
Donor: European Union through Oxfam
Target Counties: Kisii, Nakuru, Wajir, Turkana & Nairobi
Project Period: March 2016 – June 2018
The project sought to contribute to enhanced gender equality in governance and political leadership in Kenya. The specific objective is to increase representation of elected women in the 2017 general elections in Taita Taveta, Nakuru, Wajir, Turkana and Nairobi Counties. This initiative sought to increase the number of women in elective positions in 2017 by 33%, and that at least 50% of those elected are young women aged 18 to 35 years. By increasing women’s political participation the action would impact on democracy, including greater responsiveness to citizen needs, increased cooperation across party and ethnic lines, and more sustainable peace, as evidence shows.
- Enhanced capacity of women to competitively participate in political processes and issue based politics
- Enhanced participation of women in political party processes
- Strengthened implementation of electoral laws to facilitate women participation in electoral processes
- Voter endorsement and positive image of women in elective political leadership