The Youth Manifesto is great. It is the product of an elaborate deliberative process involving young people between the ages of 18 and 35 (a cohort that represents 57 percent of the electorate. In his foreward, Willice Onyango depicts youth as a distinct but heterogeneous population group. He sounds like like Amartya Sen when he calls for building the capabilities and expanding choices of young people by enhansing their access to and participation in all dimensions of the society.
— Prof. Peter Levine, Associate Dean for Research and the Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Tufts University's Tisch College of Civic Life.

The Journey Toward The Youth Manifesto

The Youth Cafe led the efforts to author the first Youth Manifesto.


Building on national constitutions, Regional Economic Communities, National Youth Policies, Youth Charters, and The United Nations World Program on Youth and voices of thousands for young , Organizing Committee of the Coalition for Youth Manifesto of over 62 youth organizations and networks unveiled a foundational document to frame the youth development agenda.

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 youths. 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

The launch of the publication took place at Zetech University in Nairobi. The event brought over 1,500 young people, youth leaders, and invited guests.

So far, the manifesto has been presented to presidential candidates, major political parties, investors, donors, local 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 youth’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 United Nations agecies, the private sector, governments, and high level political leaders.

Read more abouth the Youth Manifesto on Participedia. As a case study and innovation on youth civic engagement