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 training’s 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 Program 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 main activity of Norec is to support the exchange of employees and members between businesses and organisations in Norway, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Through innovative collaboration, our partners share knowledge, learn from each other, and build stronger bonds of cooperation. Nore is exclusively financed by the Norwegian National Budget, forms part of the governmental Norwegian developmental policy and is directly subordinated the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This project creates stronger youth and youth organizations network with the appropriate knowledge and ability to participate in key decision-making processes and are able to demand for their rights. The project fosters south-to-south learning and sharing of ideas from one Country/partner to another and the transfer of learning. During the exchange, YAK’s and YETT’s Member Organizations (MO:s), and CYECE district offices will have the opportunity to interact with PO:s, share tools, ideas, and knowledge. These will then be transferred back to the MO:s and CYECE district offices by the exchange participants through their follow-up work. The PO:s, MO:s and district offices will also have direct contact with other networks greater impact.
Forum for International Cooperation
Forum for International Cooperation (FIC) is an international NGO founded in 1995 in Copenhagen, Denmark, with activities, collaborations and offices in Denmark, Europe and East Africa. It consists of a complex network of collective and individual members up to 200,000 people. FIC´s headquarter is located in Copenhagen but there are also other four branches over Sjælland and Jutland. FIC has also an office in Nairobi, Kenya, and a large quantity of cooperation with local trade unions and youth organizations all over Kenya and Tanzania.
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.
AHADI supports Kenya’s devolution agenda by partnering with Kenyan institutions to promote transparent, accountable, effective service delivery and responsive governance systems. The activity works with other stakeholders to address cross-sectoral governance processes and capacity challenges that impact service delivery and effective implementation of devolution.
Support under this pillar includes strengthening the ability of counties to develop sound laws and policies, improving performance of key sectors, optimizing revenue generation, and ensuring proper management of public funds. AHADI also supports the development of curricula and training materials as well as training and mentoring of county officials (executives and legislators).
Amref Health Africa and the Advocacy Accelerator are pleased to announce a new initiative to increase capacity and support for youth to advocate for policy changes to advance gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights in Kenya. The two-year grant will enable the development of youth-focused, youth-designed materials and practices in policy advocacy. The initiative is part of the commitment to support grassroots organizations and women’s movements announced by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation at the recent United Nations General Assembly #Goalkeepers17 event in New York, USA.
Young people under the age of 35 are 70% of the Kenyan population. However, they face significant challenges in realizing their potential. Fifty five percent of youth between the ages of 18-35 are unemployed, with the highest rates (62%) among women. Adolescents, compared to adults, have higher risks of morbidity or death from pregnancy-related complications and infection with HIV and sexually transmitted infections. Despite the economic potential of Kenya’s growing youth population, one in three girls in Kenya gets married before her 18th birthday and nearly half of women become mothers by age 20. Unintended pregnancy is often the major cause for girls dropping out of formal education, negatively taking a toll on their families, community, and the country’s economic development.
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 prioritized 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