Kushiriki Ni Jukumu Letu
Kushiriki Ni Jukumu Letu is project designed to empower local based CSOs, youths (male and female including PWDs) in the eleven (11) Counties of Nairobi, Kiambu, Murang’a, Kirinyaga, Machakos, Kajiado, Mombasa, Uasin Gishu, Kisumu, Kakamega, Garissa, to form vibrant movements that will enhance public participation in citizens-driven reform and good governance, democratic transformation and political leadership participation.
The Project With Support from Uraia-Kenya since 2017 has supported the establishment of 10 Youth County assemblies that have played a role in advocating for youth spaces in the counties through youth participation in County Integrated Development Plans (CIDP) and Annual Development Plan (ADP) process, Budget Cycle and also on advocating for good governance from the duty bearers. We have also been able to train and support young people in leadership processes with 342 young people in the 11 counties having undergone the Political Leadership Trainings. The Project has also enhanced the Visibility of Young people who participated and got elected in the August 2017 General elections by involving them in Youth matters and lobbying on enactment of youth friendly policies and legislations.
Right(s) Way Forward
Right(s) Way Forward Process project is a community based participatory engagement on empowering communities to access their rights and analyse community use of and control over natural resources with emphasis on equal distribution of natural resources between men and women and enabling community ownership processes by creating spaces for dialogue between right holders and duty bearers to address the community’s concerns in a collaborative manner.
The Project implemented in Uasin Gishu and Kisumu Counties with Support from Forum Syd/LSU supported the Capacity building of Community Facilitators with the RBA (Right Based Approaches) in dealing with environmental issues and conservation methods that provide for Sustainability, Development of Action plans in relation to Environmental Conservation and sustainability process in the project areas of Nyakach (Kisumu County) and Kapseret( Uasin Gishu County) sub-counties through involvement of the duty bearers and local leaders and community members, with the community members of Kapseret cleaning and Maintaining of River Sossain (pollution and disposal of waste in the river )and its ecosystem through planting of trees around the areas to maintain the surroundings of the river while in Nyakach the Project Sensitized and Mobilized the Community Members and Duty Bearers on effects of Large Scale Quarry activities being done in the region.
KIOS – Youth Alive! Kenya Partnership Programme
KIOS – Youth Alive! Kenya Partnership Programme has been a success from the point of view of its stakeholders: KIOS, YAK and the participating groups, points out an evaluation carried out recently. The evaluation recommends that KIOS and YAK continue implementing the Programme also in the future.
The Partnership Programme was started in 2008 in order to strengthen the human rights movement in Kenya and to build the capacity of human rights actors to deliver work that has significant impact in the society. By the end of 2010 there were already 16 community based human rights groups that had participated in the Programme, eight groups being involved in it annually. The planning and implementation of the Programme are done jointly by KIOS and YAK, bringing about unique collaboration between the two actors.
From March to June 2010 an external evaluation was carried out on the first year of the Partnership Programme. The evaluation was done by Ms. Anna Pörsti, who holds Master’s degree in Economics. The evaluation focused on the performance of KIOS and YAK in the planning, running and implementation of the Programme, as well as impact and relevance of the Programme. The evaluation was carried out in Finland and Kenya and it included interviews, on site visits, assessment of documentation and an evaluation workshop in Nairobi. The evaluation was done in a participatory manner, where KIOS, YAK and pilot groups were involved at every step
During the first Programme year the main activities of the Programme included capacity building of small human rights organisations, so called pilot groups, and auxiliary partnership services. As part of the Programme pilot groups were given a chance to apply and receive a grant of 1 000 euro to implement their human rights activities in the community.
in the Programme were highly relevant to the pilot groups and the Programme had several positive impacts on them. The programme enhanced the capacity of the groups both as human rights actors and as competent institutions who effectively engage with their communities and governments in promoting and protecting human rights.
Pilot groups found most useful the skills they gained in proposal and report writing, discovering local fundraising opportunities and learning strategic planning and rights based approach to programming. After being actively involved in the Programme some groups have also become more active in approaching other donors for collaboration.
Juvenile Justice Project
Youth Alive! Kenya implemented the Juvenile Justice Project between 2005 and 2012 in partnership with the Department of Children Services with support from GOAL Ireland, the Safaricom Foundation, ActionAid International Kenya and the Finnish NGO Foundation for Human Rights. The project sought to promote an effective juvenile justice system in Kenya bent on restoration of young offenders by improving the quality of institutional rehabilitation while strengthening community linkages to support reintegration of discharged offenders. The project was successfully implemented in Nairobi & Kisumu.
The Diversion Project for Children in Conflict with Law in Kenya
Youth Alive! Kenya as one of the key NGO partners supported by Save the Children Sweden, worked with government agencies to ensure the protection of children from inappropriate institutionalisation and demonstrated a viable alternative to custodial care and sought to influence the practices and policies of key government and non-governmental agencies regional and national levels. The project was implemented for a period of four years with Youth Alive! Kenya acting as policy advisors and providing administrative support to the District Teams.
Human Rights Education for Schools Project
Working with UNDP Kenya and the OHCHR Geneva Office, Youth Alive! Kenya implemented the Human Rights Education for Schools Project with an aim of inculcating the respect for human rights and integrating human rights principles in the management of school systems and school communities in Kenya. The project was implemented in six selected schools in Nairobi province.
Tunahusika; Entrenching youth voice in regional governance processes’
This project which is part of a broader Youth engagement project was implemented in conjunction with the Africa Youth Trust that’s geared towards engagement of East African Youth in reinventing a democratic and human rights culture and centering youth voices in regional law making processes. The project worked to mobilise the social capital of young people to promote good governance and human rights with a strong focus on the role and priorities of the youth in generating a democratic culture and ensuring respect of human rights. With a desire to ensure that awareness and skills are translated to attitudinal change and action, the project mobilised a wide variety of actors both as targets and collaborators in the process.
Child Empowerment and Protection Project
The Child Empowerment and Protection Project (CEP) is a project currently being implemented by Youth Alive! Kenya with an overall goal to prevent marginalization of extremely vulnerable children and youth (EVCY), the CEP project targets government statutory custodial institutions (SCI) that provide institutional care and rehabilitation for children in need of special care and protection (CNSCP) as well as children in conflict with the law. The CEP project is aimed at improving the capacity of the Statutory Children’s Institutions to protect the rights of extremely vulnerable children and youth and ensure that they receive child friendly services.
Window of Hope Project
Youth Alive! Kenya implemented a successful adolescent development programme that worked to model and remodel adolescent behaviour by enhancing their capacity to make informed choices on issues of sexuality to ensure the full enjoyment of reproductive lives. The project ran in 8 selected secondary schools in Nairobi province working directly with over 940 students, and 21 teachers and reaching over 6000 students as secondary beneficiaries. The project was implemented in conjunction with the Ministry of Education and the National AIDS Control Council.
Custodial Care Health Promotion Project
This project was implemented from 2009 – 2011 with the goal of improving health outcomes and mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS for children and youth in statutory custodial care. It specifically worked to promote health awareness and increase demand for appropriate health and HIV/AIDS information and services by children and youth in statutory custodial institutions. The project provided Health and Life Skills Education to the target statutory custodial institutions which included: Kirigiti Girls Rehabilitation School, Dagoretti Girls Rehabilitation School, Kabete Boys Rehabilitation School, Getathuru Reception and Discharge Centre and Nairobi Children’s Remand Home.
HIV/AIDS Work place project
Initiated by the health programme, the project’s target was the Youth Alive! Kenya staff and members of our network of youth groups. The project aimed at contributing to a reduction in individual and organizational vulnerability to HIV infection, and a reduction in individual and organizational susceptibility to HIV/AIDS. Project activities included Work place peer education and the development of a HIV/AIDS Work place policy. The work place project is being implemented with support from and in partnership with VSO Jitolee. Among the outputs of the project is the drafting of the Youth Alive! Kenya HIV/AIDS Work Place Policy.
African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM)
In conjunction with the African Youth Parliament and the Ministry of Planning & National Development, Youth Alive! Kenya was involved in the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) process of the NEPAD. As a member of the civil society and a voice for the Kenyan youth, Youth Alive! Kenya has been involved in the sensitisation, review and consensus-building process.
Kenya National Youth Policy
Youth Alive! Kenya in conjunction with the Youth Division under the Department of Social Services (currently the Ministry of Youth Affairs) and GTZ, worked on the formulation of the Kenya National Youth Policy and its subsequent Action Plan with a critical focus on the priority areas of Health and Youth Empowerment & Participation since January 2004. Thereafter, Youth Alive! Kenya through financial and technical support from the African Youth Parliament Project of the African Youth Foundation, and in partnership with its affiliate country programme, Kenya Youth Parliament, conducted an elaborate awareness creation and dissemination of the Policy and its Action Plan to youth constituencies and local leaders across several districts in Kenya.
Supported by the Kenya Community development Foundation, Youth Alive! Kenya implemented the Uongozi Project, a leadership development project that sought to enhance the participation of Kenyan youth in national development by enhancing their leadership competencies to enable their full participation in political, social and economic development.
Global Kids – Community Connectors Project
In collaboration with One World Now and National Centre for Global Engagement, Youth Alive! Kenya implemented the project whose goal was to expose the disadvantaged yet high performing American students between the ages of 15-17 to the global world with their Kenyan counterparts and enable them share their experiences, develop leadership, computer, management and communication skills. In addition, through this project the students also undertook a social entrepreneurship project that positively impacted their communities.
Tushirikishe Jamii project (TJ)
The TJ project is being implemented through a collaborative effort of 3 organizations, Forum Syd, Youth Alive! Kenya and Muungano wa Wanavijiji (Federation of Slum Dwellers). The project aims at improving governance and community influence in constituency development initiatives. Its overall objective is increasing the participation of targeted low income/slum communities in constituency development funds decision making/management processes.
Kenya Ni Moja – Youth-led Community reform Project
This project, successfully implemented in partnership with USAID sought to inspire youth-led social reconstruction and reforms process among the communities of Kisumu and Eldoret through the development and strengthening of transformative youth leadership to promote participation in the reform processes at the community and national levels; fostering interethnic dialogue and enhancing civic awareness and the respect for human rights among young people in the region and Kenya at large; strengthening the capacity of grassroots youth community-based organizations in inter ethnic peace-building and social reconstruction within the communities in Kisumu and Eldoret regions and the wider Kenya.
Husika Urekebishe is a Swahili phrase that means ‘Participate to Restore’. This project was implemented by Youth Alive! Kenya in partnership with United Nations Alliance of Civilisation(UNAOC) with an aim of promoting peace and reconciliation by fostering intercultural dialogue with appreciation of cultural diversity amongst youth.
Kenya Bila Noma Project
Undertaken in 2013 in the race up to the 4th March elections, this project was carried out in Mathare slums with support from USAID, PACT and ACT! One of the major issues threatening peaceful elections and co-existence between the communities in Mathare Slum Valley, and more specifically Mathare 3B, was the susceptibility of young people to be mobilized and manipulated by political leaders to perpetrate violence and perpetuate ethnic divisions between ethnic communities residing in the area. This project successfully promoted youth-led awareness on the ills of ethnic-based violence and underlined the importance of peaceful co-existence among different communities in Mathare slums.
Uzalendo Youth Patriots project
In partnership with the National Endowment for Democracy, this project that is currently in its fourth phase aims to bring about increased awareness and participation by young people in public policy issues and further promote transparency and accountability of public systems and institutions to ensure effective delivery of services.
Tackling Poverty Together
This project worked to inculcate a youth perspective in poverty reduction. The key aim of the project was to build the capacity, skills and resources available within the participating country teams so as to engage in processes related to PRSPs. The participating countries included Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The project was funded by SIDA through LSU and Forum Syd and with technical support from UNDESA.
The project sought to highlight and strengthen young people’s role in development policies in general and poverty reduction strategies (PRSPs) in partnership with National Council of Swedish Youth Organizations (LSU), Youth Alive! Kenya (YAK) successfully implemented this project in two phases.
World Comics Finland Grassroots comic project
World Comics Finland formed a new co-operation with Youth Alive! Kenya with the aim of teaching the method of grassroots comics to 18 activists from Youth Alive! Kenya’s own programmes and network of NGOs as well as train them to independently run comic workshops for young people and other groups. The aim of this project was to empower young people at grassroots level to use grassroots comics to express their opinions in campaigns and as a tool in advocacy programmes and to promote civic awareness and human rights.
Kenya Youth Network for Rio +20 and Beyond
Youth Alive! Kenya is part of the Kenya Youth Network for Rio +20 and Beyond. This was a network formed after the Organization of African Youth in partnership with Youth Alive! Kenya and Peace Child International convened the Kenya Youth Strategy Meeting for Rio+20 in October 2011. The Kenya Youth Network for Rio +20 and Beyond is a national consortium of youth organizations committed to promote creativity and innovations that will develop a Green Economy that results in the eradication of poverty and ultimately sustainable development. The Network aims to advocate, mobilize and provide young people with a platform to actively participate in the preparatory process for Rio+20. It also seeks to advocate for long term national transitional plan towards a green economy in Kenya.