This Partnership Programme was started in 2008 to strengthen the human rights movement in Kenya and build the capacity of human rights actors to deliver work with significant impact in the society. By the end of 2010,16 community based human rights groups had participated in the Programme, and eight groups were involved in it annually. The planning and implementation of the Programme are done jointly by KIOS and YAK, creating 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 a Master’s degree in Economics. It focused on the performance of KIOS and YAK in the planning, running and implementation of the Programme, as well as its impact and relevance. The evaluation was carried out in Finland and Kenya. It included interviews, site visits, documentation assessments 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 year, the programme’s main activities included capacity building of small human rights organisations, pilot groups, and auxiliary partnership services. The pilot groups were given a chance to apply and receive a grant of €1,000 to implement their human rights activities in the community.The Programme had several positive impacts on the pilot groups. It enhanced the capacity of the groups as both human rights actors and competent institutions that effectively engage with their communities and governments in promoting and protecting human rights. Pilot groups appreciated the skills they acquired in proposal and report writing, discovering local fundraising opportunities and learning strategic planning and rights-based approaches to programming. More groups also became more active in approaching other donors for collaboration.
KIOS – Youth Alive! Kenya Partnership Programme was a success based on a recent assessment by KIOS, YAK and participating groups. The evaluation recommended that KIOS and YAK continue implementing the Programme in the future.