The Journey Toward Kenya Youth Manifesto
The Youth Cafe led the efforts to author the first Kenya Youth Manifesto.
Through a series of consultations with youth groups across the country, alongside expert-led and youth-moderated Twitter chat sessions and short mobile-based messages, the project secretariat canvassed the views of the youth for the Manifesto. The audiences for the consultations represented the full diversity of Kenya’s youth. The objective of The Youth Cafe with this is to uphold the values of a democratic state in order to provide a platform worthy of forming part of the central political agenda.The document is non-partisan.
So far, the manifesto has been presented to presidential candidates, major political parties, county governments, groups in the private-sector, and other development partners. The publication has been presented as a civic Innovation in Participatory Democracy internationally and has been reviewed by Peter Levine, Associate Dean for Research and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Life in Tufts University's Jonathan Tisch College of Civic Life.
Thanks to the document, we have seen an open interaction that has fed into the general democratic scene and stimulated proposals for transformative solutions to some of Kenya’s most pressing issues. Some of the manifesto’s provisions, like a call for free universal secondary schooling and the increased allocations of funds for youth enterprises, have adopted by the frontrunners for Kenyan presidency.