National Council of Swedish Youth Organizations, LSU
LSU is a non-profit, non-political and non-religious organization, consisting of and working for youth organisations in Sweden. LSU is a meeting place for young people and youth organisations where they can acquire knowledge, contacts and experience.consists of 84 independent, democratic constructed, national youth organisations.
LSU works in three divided areas: Organization & leadership, Policy & advocacy and Global development. By providing trainings and conferences for young leaders, enabling cooperation with other organisations (national or/and international.) and ensuring that young people are involved in decision-making, in Sweden and the world.
The cooperation between LSU and YAK was launched in 2010 through a regional project called Tackling Poverty Together. It developed into direct collaboration in 2012/2013. Today, YAK is one of LSU’s 8 partner organizations and is part of the Global Action Local Empowerment (GALE) program. YAK conducts independent work in Kenya. LSU and YAK organize annual activities together with other partner organizations. All partner organization tunes that are part of the GALE Porgram are national youth councils or networks for youth organizations. Our common goal is to work for the rights of young people and to strengthen the role and position of youth organizations in society. The purpose of the program is also to create experience exchanges between partner organizations. It may be that we exchange experiences about how it is to conduct an impact on their government in youth policy issues or how we work towards the age-enforcement system. Through the cooperation between LSU and YAK, young people in Kenya have had the opportunity to attend courses such as leadership, impact work and how government policies work. Several of YAK’s member organizations have also participated in experience exchanges with other organizations included and the GALE program and have run various projects through the Youth Cooperation Initiative.
Through this partnership with LSU, YAK has formed 11 regional working groups working for the rights of young people in each region. The working groups have appointed a national steering committee that monitors national policy.
At the county level, YAK has developed a network of 79 grassroots youth organizations. These are found in 11 counties in Kenya. Youth organizations are trying to improve the situation of young people by conducting an impact on local politicians in the different counties.
The Norwegian Children and Youth Council (LNU)
LNU is an umbrella for more than 70 child and youth organisations in Norway. Our member organisations are diverse in activities, politics, size and strength, but are all based on voluntary work performed by children and youth from South to North in Norway. This report is an NGO follow-up to the report delivered by the Ministry of Family Affairs evaluating Norway’s youth policy. LNU has chosen some of the prioritised areas (area 8, 9, 10 and 11) with special attention to area 10, which is an area LNU constantly works with. We have also challenged our member organisations to contribute to the evaluation. Please note that the evaluations performed and presented by our member organisations not necessarily correspond with the view of LNU.
Since 2016, LNU and YAK have been working to ensure that youth have real and meaningful participation and more decision-making power in their own lives and in society. We believe strong youth organizations are necessary for young people to be heard, participate and influence. Inclusive organizations can prevent vulnerable youth from being recruited to extremist environments. This is also the main theme for the exchange programme we are implementing together dubbed Right to participate.
All over the world, unemployment rates are higher among young people, youth are hit harder by economic crises and are more often politically marginalized. This also makes youth more vulnerable to radicalization and extremist groups, both in Norway and in Kenya.
We are also working to implement and reach the new Sustainable Development Goals. These plans must include youth, and we hope this exchange programme can contribute to this.
Oxfam is a world-wide development organisation that mobilizes the strength and voice of people against poverty, inequality and injustice.
Oxfam’s vision is a just world without poverty: a world in which people can influence decisions that affect their lives, enjoy their rights, and assume their responsibilities as full citizens of a world in which all human beings are valued and treated equally.
Oxfam in Kenya works on the premise that; poverty and powerlessness are avoidable and can be eliminated by human action and political will.
Oxfam’s Wezesha Jamii (swahili for ’empowering communities’) project is run in partnership with local national organizations SITE Enterprise Promotion, Youth Alive! Kenya and National Organization for Peer Educators (NOPE). It operates in five informal settlements around Nairobi – Mukuru, Kibera, Korogocho, Mathare and Kawangware.
This EU-funded project is reaching 30,000 women working in the informal economy (10,000 domestic workers and 20,000 small scale traders). The Wezesha Jamii project is helping vulnerable people who depend on the informal economy in Nairobi
Decent Work and Labour Rights
The Decent Work and Labour Rights(DWLR) in East Africa Program aims at increasing knowledge and skills of young people on employment possibilities(entrepreneurship and formal jobs) in Kenya (Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu) and Tanzania. The project also seeks to provide youth with information of what is available in the market, train them on skills that enable them access jobs and start businesses with a view to assist them to create jobs for personal growth and development. The project also seeks to to build on capacity of youth organisations in respect to knowledge of the labour market and their ability to get involved in and advocate for youth employment.