Our focus is to seed real, lasting systemic change for young people in Africa

Empowering young people in Kenya and around Africa means building something bigger than all of us. It means connecting emerging young leaders, investing in their work,and sharing the solutions they have created.

Participants during the launnch of Kenya Youth Manifesto

Participants during the launnch of Kenya Youth Manifesto

Youth Manifesto reaches over 2 million youth on Kenya’s future

The Kenya Youth Manifesto is great. It’s a product of elaborative process involving Kenyans between the ages of 18 and 35( a cohort that reprssents 57 percent of the electorate)The Manifesto offers 52 pages of detailed recommendations.I am sure it has underpinnings that I have missed ,but from my perspective it looks pragmatic rather than revolutionary,concerned with participation and voice as well as economic outcomes attuned to issues like gender and disability,and consistent with Amartya Sen’s “capabilities approach”

-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

The 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. Our objective with this was to uphold the values of a democratic state in order to provide a platform worthy of forming part of the central political agenda towards the 2017 General Elections in Kenya. The document is non-partisan.

So far, the manifesto has been presented to the leading 2017 presidential aspirants, major political parties, county governments, groups in the private-sector, and other development partners. The publication was presented at the Innovations in Participatory Democracy in Arizona and has been reviewed by 

Thanks to the document, we have seen an open interaction that has fed into the general democratic scene and stimulated proposals of transformative solutions, marking a departure from past elections. Some of its provisions, like a call for free universal secondary schooling and the increased allocations of funds for youth enterprises, were adopted by the two frontrunners for the presidency. A soft copy can be accessed through:https://participedia.net/en/cases/kenya-youth-manifesto.

The youth cafe recognized by madela washington fellowship

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, begun in 2014, is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. In 2018, the Fellowship provided 700 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. college or university with support for professional development after they return home.Willice Onyang completeted Civic Leadership Institute at Kansas State University as part of the Fellowship.

The Fellows, who are between the ages of 25 and 35, have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive impact in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries. In 2018, Fellows represented a diverse group of leaders from 48 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa. Twenty-five Fellows identified as having a disability, and 51 percent of Fellows were women.

Upon returning to their home countries, Fellows continue to build the skills they have developed during their time in the United States through support from U.S. embassies, the YALI Network, USAID, the Department of State, and affiliated partners. Through these experiences, select Mandela Washington Fellows have access to ongoing professional development and networking opportunities, as well as support for their ideas, businesses, and organizations. Fellows may also apply for their American partners to travel to Africa to continue project-based collaboration through the Reciprocal Exchange Component.

Following the academic component of the Fellowship, Willice Onyango visited Washington, D.C., for a Summit featuring networking and panel discussions with U.S. leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

Following the academic component of the Fellowship, Willice Onyango visited Washington, D.C., for a Summit featuring networking and panel discussions with U.S. leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors.


First youth participatory budgeting in sub-saharan africa

The Kenya Youth Participatory Budgeting  project  is  by the youth and  for the youth. It  allows young people,youth organizations,and, citizens ,and  civil society organisations with online, user-friendly and accessible information and resources on generating and using data on health and education spending and planning.In the process,it Innovatively crowdsource preferences for budgeting data aimed at addressing discrepancies in health and education budgets that are allocated to the  youth demographic.

The project is  a direct response to the challenges young people face in accessing sufficient and appropriate resources to meaningfully engage in development decisions and activities that affect their lives.

Ultimately,the project  brings youth into  the budgeting process as it affects key sectors like education, health,environment, and institutionalize  systemic governance change in budgetary inclusion. The Youth Cage usess the channels provided for by Kenyan laws that entrenches the participation of marginalised groups in public finance management.It is rooted  on the theory of change that allowing young people to align budget resources to their health and educational needs and measurable outcomes is crucial step in investing in their human capital,leading to a thriving democracy.