LIVELIHOODS AND EMPOWERMENT
The youth in Kenya form 60% of the total labour force but majority are unemployed due to the country’s high unemployment level. With unemployment standing at over 55% according to the Kenya Youth Survey 2016 by the Aga Khan University, there is a huge number graduating from the universities, polytechnics and from secondary schools but no opportunities for them thereby getting into criminal and violent extremism witnessed in the county today.
In order to deal with the unemployment challenges, youth engagement in empowerment programmes is key. Youth empowerment is about partnership, ownership and providing resources pertaining to realizing dreams, visions and motivation that the youth already have. The process of involving the youth in planning, implementation, and evaluation, brings about a strong sense of belonging and ownership that essentially leads to sustainability and immense benefits of the programmes. The youth are empowered when they acknowledge that they have or can create and make free choices in life, take action based on that decision and accept responsibility of the action. For this to happen, an enabling environment should be in place. The environment includes: an economic & social base; political will; adequate resource allocation and supportive legal and administrative framework; a stable environment of equality peace and democracy; and access to knowledge information and skills and a positive value system.
To this end, the government has created avenues for youth empowerment such as Youth Enterprise Fund as well as 30 percent tendering opportunities in National and County Governments. But these opportunities largely remain unexploited by a good majority of the youth.
The Programme aims to protect the environment and improve opportunities for young people towards secure and sustainable livelihoods.
Strategic Objective: To improve opportunities for young people towards secure and sustainable livelihoods
- Enhanced knowledge on environmental economic approaches among young people
- Enhanced knowledge on proper nutrition and crop value addition
- Increased youth engagement in economic activities leading to reduced levels of drug and substance abuse
- Improved responsiveness of policies towards equitable distribution of resources among youths
- Enhanced knowledge on ICT, financial management, strengthened partnerships and promotion of livelihood opportunities