Kenya Youth Manifesto:Agenda ni Vijana Sasa

Courtesy of International Youth Council

There is growing attention to the importance of involving young people as actors in their own right throughout all the stages and processes of our nation’s development.

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At the launch of the Manifesto

Slowly but surely, many stakeholders are realizing that investing in youth means a commitment not only to their improved well-being and livelihoods but also to the economic, social and cultural development of future generations and that failure to make such investments can result in steep societal costs.

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The International Youth Council has long recognized that the imagination, ideals and energy of young men and women are vital for the continuing development of the societies in which they live.

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At International Youth Council, we believe that the nature and quality of young people’s lives, as well as the future of Kenya’s social and economic development, depend largely on how well young people navigate the transitional period from a protected childhood to adulthood of self-determination. This is why we continue to work with various stakeholders to expand opportunities for youth to participate in and benefit from our nation’s development.

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The Kenya Youth Manifesto deepens our commitment to working for increased attention and investments on critical youth issues in Kenya’s development agenda, given rising concerns over insufficient attention to critical issues affecting youth in our nation.

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Through this project, we have provided an opportunity for youth to articulate their concerns and to make policy input through the mechanism of the Kenya Youth Manifesto.The development of the Kenya Youth Manifesto marks a new era of meaningful youth participation in the development of our nation. It represents the first ever effort by Kenyan youth to work together in providing recommendations and ideas for concrete action for policies and programmes that address their everyday realities and challenges.

To download the Manifesto,click on the link below:
Youth Manifesto-FOR WEB

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Generation at Risk: unlocking Africa’s protracted youth development paradox

By Musa Frimpong

At the global level, the youth bulge is alarming and of great concern to all development stakeholders and Africa shares a big piece of this with over 60% of its population under 35 and 35% being between the youthful age of 15 and 35. These youth are aging and they will soon become adults with little to be done by way of their development. Many are the developmental challenges that face this great population across the world. Although the youth development challenge is an interrelated global issue but the focus of this article is hinged on the African context of this complex global canker.

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For the past two decades, youth development issues and challenges especially in Africa have gained attention among stakeholders. I believe this motivated the coming into being of the African Youth Charter in 2006 and subsequently many national youth policies and programmes in Africa over the past decade. Other opportunities like the Africa Youth Day (November 1), Decade Plan of Action (DPoA 2009-2018) presented Africa opportunity to tackle youth development challenges but not much has been done by far verses what needs to be done. Little has been done by way of implementation of various youth development policies and strategies at the continental, regional and national levels in Africa. The African Union Commission, Regional Economic Communities, African Countries, Pan African Youth Union, and other youth development partners and stakeholders are yet to deliver effectively in empowering young Africans. Inasmuch as some degree of progress has been made over the last decade including the implementation of continental flagship programmes like the African Union Youth Volunteer Corps (AU-YVC), much still remain to be done in many respects.

Another great opportunity has presented itself to help drive Africa’s youth development agenda. African leaders in Assembly Decision (Assembly/AU/Dec.601 (XXVI) have dedicated the year 2017 to the theme ‘Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through investments in Youth’. It means tackling the major developmental challenges of Africa’s youth through the implementation of the many policies that already exist. This decision calls for the right and strategic time, financial and programmatic investment that will see Africa’s reap some good benefits out of its youthful population.

There is too much concentration on policy and programmes and what we want for our youth that young people have missed out on doing the most important thing for their empowerment and development. There exists a myriad of developmental gaps, coupled with lack and deficiencies among many young people growing up at the family, community, school, institutional, national and continental levels. There is clearly a missing link between what is really important to young people and what is in place for them. It seems we have all miss the boat when it comes to handling issues of this critical population.

Based on personal experiences as a young person, my close interaction with several other young Africans and in my present career as a youth development practitioner, I would like to point out some of these missing links that have almost rendered an entire generation of around 400 miliion Africans in a state of nothingness:

  1. Lack of understanding of the word ‘Youth’: There is widespread lack of knowledge and understating of who young people are both by youth themselves and those who are responsible for their development. And true to the words of the Bible “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”. This is what has contributed to the widespread generational gap between the youth and the older generations. The use of the word ‘Youth’ has almost become a cliché in Africa with no particular interest and attention to its real content and significance. Youth are only mentioned and used when people feel and think it is convenient. Youth are called in when there is work to be done or the empty spaces needs to be filled and they are left outside the gate when there are serious and important discussions and decisions to be made. Africa has since seen and treated young people as children, inexperienced, immature, irresponsible and less deserving of attention. This is deeply rooted in our family, community, national and continental orientation. Youth are not children and they are not adults and that needs to be well understood when dealing with youth and issues that affect their development. Youth have a lot to offer like adults and don’t have all to offer like children. Their passion, energies, creativity, ideas and most especially the technological tools available to them are unprecedented in human history and these set of qualities and dynamics are what are needed for Africa’s transformation.
  2. Belief in Youth: Believing in people is by far one of the most powerful elements that fuels commitment and action towards advancing their interest. Young people are not accorded the needed recognition, respect and value for who they are and who they are not. The experiences and ideals of young people are not given the needed attention in most conversations. It is one thing telling youth you believe them and it is another thing giving them the opportunity to decide, choose and act on their own terms. Youth should not be treated as a light switch, turn them on when we need them and turn them off when we don’t need them. If we believe in the youth, then we should put our money where our mouth is – allowing them to be who they are and not forcing them to be who we want them to be or who they are not.
  3. Is Africa’s youth problem or asset, dividend or liability: The English Author James Allen who inspired the self-improvement industry with his book ‘As A man Thinketh’ coveys to us all a very powerful message which stresses the fact that our visions can become reality, when we simply order our thoughts well. And this is very true with the way we deal youth our youth and the issues that affects their development. Working around ‘Positive Youth Development’ has confirmed to us that, when youth are treated as assets, they do powerful and great things. In a world and continent that young people are constantly referred to and treated as a problem, how do we expect them to act differently and how do we expect to get the best out of them. Unless we start, thinking, recognizing and treating youth as an asset, they will remain a problem to our development.
  4. Enabling environment: One of the most important missing links in Africa’s youth development discourse is the lack of enabling environment in terms of policy and programme implementation and impact. This is evident in the fact that many youth development policies, institutions and programmes are simply not seeing the needed commitment, resources, implementation and impact. It seems everything in the youth development arena is not working right because the environment is highly flawed. Policies and programmes lack commitment, implementation and impact. We have made these policies and programmes the end in themselves instead of being just a process or means to the end. Maybe this just emanates from the fact that, we really don’t know or lack clarity on what the end is in our youth development conversation and activities. The youth development problem must not be treated in isolation to the bigger social, economic and political problems we suffered by all.
  5. The little things that makes all the difference: Like children, young people are deeply interested in the little things that they experience from their caregivers and those around them. They know very well when these seemingly little things are there or not and whether they are given genuinely. Love, care and support are three mere and yet powerful words that are deep rooted in all my engagement with young people. These were words I have used to run many projects and activities while serving as a Student Counsellor and Peer Educator especially during my University years from 2007 to 2011 at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana. To most young people, unless you demonstrate through genuine action your love, care and support, nothing else that you do matters.
  6. Is youth development even important at all: In recent times, many important people in my life and many respected people I have come across have simply downplayed the importance of youth development work. These people never saw the need why I told them I am pursuing a career in youth development. Recently, I was told not to write youth development practitioner as my profession when I was filling some official documents because it is not official. There is also the notions that, anyone at all can say he is a youth development practitioner or worker. My argument here is not only about the fact that youth development should become a professional area of study and research but allowing and respecting those who have chosen to commit to the development of young people as practitioners and institutions. If youth development is a problem, important and critical to our African development, then we ought to give it the right and needed attention, commitment and resources.
  7. Putting our money where our mouth is: By money I mean commitment, implementation, action, investment and impact. There has been much more talks, meetings, conferences, workshops, fora, policies than commitments, implementation and impact. In-as-much as these talks are all important to the youth development process, they don’t give us benchmark for measuring success. We need more commitment in the implementation and ensuring impact to help us measure success. We have seen much talks for the past decade on creating youth funds, reviewing educational systems to respond to the job market, skills and jobs revolution, youth in decision making, peace building, agriculture, ICT among others but very little has been done to implement and achieve these. Just pull out speeches of your President, Youth Minister or any other high level official on youth issues over the last decade and all you will read are promises and fancy words about youth development. Sometimes, it gets irritating when youth are mentioned in speeches these days because we know it is just a cliché with no commitments, plans and implementations. We need to take more action if we want to see lasting development for our youth and harness their demographic dividend. Let’s put our money where our mouth is.

Youth empowerment and development is a matter of urgency which demands time and resources to help develop our ever energetic, passionate, innovative, connected and creative young people of our continent. Though young people today are tagged as ‘the lost generation’ and seen as lazy, unfocused, disrespectful, impatient, rule breakers but these are the unique set of qualities that define young people. All what young people need is the right investment of time, opportunities and money and they will become the important asset which they already are. We must not lose sight of the intangible and the real empowerment needs of young people (encouragement, recognition, respect, value, love) even as we focus on the obvious tangible (policies, institutions, money).

In conclusion, if you still find it difficult to understand my point, then consider the example of parents who keep telling their children that, all they are doing is to work and ensure quality life for these kids. Yet, they are consumed with satisfying their own selfish dreams and desires without paying attention to the welfare and well-being of these kids. They don’t show up at parent-teacher meetings and hardly get time to spend with their kids to know and understand their basic and intrinsic needs. One will ask, if these parents are really living for their kids as they claim. I am sure you have experienced or observed such situations at some point in your life.

Africa’s major focus through the implementation of policies and programmes should be at arming its youth with the tools needed to give them the genuine chance of building a sense of responsibility, dignity, self-worth, and emotional, psychological and economic well-being. As a young person myself, I believe we need to be showered the much awaited love, care and support in all its genuineness to grow up, prepared and challenged to create our own destinies and independent life. Our generation craves for the urgent attention and strategic investments by all stakeholders to champion Africa’s development because we are on the verge of entering our adult lives with nothingness. In a globally interconnected village like ours, everyone will suffer and bear the consequence of this great inadequacies and loss.

Published on Africa Youth Blog http://africayouthblog.com

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Youths plant 1,000 trees to save Aberdare Forest

Courtesy of The Star Newspaper

Youths have started a project to rehabilitate the Aberdare Forest, a major water tower, by planting 1,000 trees.

The youths are affiliated to the Lieuten Green Movement.

They planted the trees in Wanjerere and Gatare blocs of the Aberdare Forest. The youths planted trees in areas hit by mudslides and left bare.

Led by environmentalist Isaac Karoga, they engaged schoolchildren from Tuthu village in Kangema in the drive on Tuesday. Karoga urged residents and organisations to partner with them. “We decided to take advantage of the rains to reverse the effects of logging and the prolonged drought in the forest,” he said.

Felix Ochieng from Kariobangi estate in Nairobi said, “As youths from Nairobi, we got concerned with the acute water shortage and we decided to come and help rehabilitate the forest.” He said it is unfortunate that some taps are dry in Nairobi due to the destruction of the forest.

Murang’a county commissioner John Elungata praised the youth for their initiative.

“It is encouraging the youth have committed their time to plant trees for the future generations,” he said.

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Celebrating and Showcasing Solutions led by Young People

Courtesy of SDSN Youth

In 2015, 17 Sustainable Development Goals were agreed by 193 UN Member States to shape the global agenda for sustainable development in the next fifteen years and beyond.

Achieving these goals will require an unprecedented mobilization of the energy and skills of young people, and recognition of their significant role in promoting them.

The Youth Solutions Report features 50 game-changing projects led by young people, allowing them to showcase their work, and presenting them with opportunities to draw interest from potential supporters.

With the help of an Advisory Panel comprising world-leading experts and a vast network of partners and opportunities, we will strive to advance youth involvement in the realization of the 2030 Agenda while celebrating the invaluable contribution of young people to sustainable development.

To download the report click on the link below
http://www.youthsolutions.report/the-report

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Application Invitation: UNLEASH Sustainable Development Goals Innovation Lab

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Action4SD is a partner of the upcoming UNLEASH SDG Innovation Lab which will convene 1,000 cross-sectoral leaders from around the world to design and deploy scalable solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals. The conference organisers have offered full sponsorship (details below) for up to 50 civil society innovators from the Action4SD community to participate in the nine day workshop to co-create high-impact SDG implementation programs.

Sponsorship available for up to 50 Action4SD Members

13-21 August 2017, Denmark

There are seven themes for SDG talents to work on at this year´s Innovation Lab:

  • Energy
  • Food
  • Health
  • Sustainable Consumption and Production
  • Urban Sustainability
  • Water
  • Education + Information and Communications Technology
Application deadline is 1 May and will be evaluated on five primary criteria:
  • Demonstrated commitment to solving some of the world’s pressing challenges
  • Possession of a creative and innovative mindset
  • Proven track record of making contributions to social causes
  • Willingness to engage in co-creation with peers and experts
  • High proficiency in English with the ability to engage in complex discussions
The application has 3 parts covering basic personal details, ideas and interests for the Innovation Lab, and information about your current activities. Apply here.

Sponsorship
Approved Action4SD applicants will be eligible for sponsored travel, accommodation and meals. Successful applicants will have to provide an initial 145 USD deposit, which will be refunded once they have participated in all 9 days of the workshop and provided a short attendance report. More information about the 2017 UNLEASH SDG Innovation Lab.

Action4SD Membership
If you have not yet become a member of the Action4SD platform, join the global movement of 1000 civil society organisations & initiatives from over 110 countries. Sign up!

Very best wishes,

Action for Sustainable Development Team

More info at www.action4sd.org | Twitter @Action4SD | Email info@action4sd.org

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Cultivating Youth Entrepreneurship through Agribusiness

Courtesy of UNDP

An unprecedented move has enabled Christopher Wambugu revitalize 10 acres of his family’s farm in Yatta District, Machakos County. Christopher cultivates and exports a weekly average of 300Kgs – 0.5 tonnes of an array of Asian vegetables for the vast East Asian market.

Highlights

  • To date, the programme had been able to train 556 youth in 19 districts across Kenya in business skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development, as well as elevating these youth trainees to be enterprise development agents
  • To date, the programme had been able to train 556 youth in 19 districts across Kenya in business skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development, as well as elevating these youth trainees to be enterprise development agents

In Kenya, the average age of a farmer is 60 years. The 2009 census shows that out of a population of approximately 38 million people, youth (15-35 years) and children (0-14 years) together represent 78% of the Kenyan population. The Kenyan unemployment rate stands at approximately 40%. An estimated 64% of the country’s unemployed are the youth.

A large divide exists in the agricultural sector, despite the sector emerging as the second largest foreign exchange earner in the Kenyan economy.  The youth population has opted to abandon agriculture in pursuit of white collar job opportunities in urban centers and cities. In 2009, Christopher’s passion for agribusiness drove him to abandon active employment in the capital Nairobi 2009. In his early thirties at the time, Christopher opted to focus on production of horticultural products for the export market.

In October 2011, Christopher enrolled for the UNDP Youth Entrepreneurship Development Training, under the Kenya National Youth Development & Training Programme (KNYD&T), in his hometown in Yatta. Christopher particularly appreciated the practical nature of the training that built up his skills in cash flow management; the essence of management that incorporates human resource and business risk assessment. The knowledge from the training has helped him raise the outputs of his firm by 30%. He now produces 7 tonnes of snow-peas daily, has actively taken part in business training and consulting services for 80 youth in Baringo district, mentors 15 professionals in agribusiness and offers consistent employment to 25 farm workers, largely women, on his farm.

The KNYD&T programme was established in 2006 in conjunction with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Trade and the Youth Enterprise Fund. This project seeks to enhance the capacity of Kenya’s Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) and the youth to unlock their potential. The two part training aims to transform the youth from job seekers to job creators, and make them more relevant to the development of the MSEs sector, which promises to be an engine for economic growth. Additionally, the programme is supporting the development of the Youth Polytechnics in skill upgrading programmes.

Christopher says he is a fulfilled man, “This training has helped me self actualize…most people do not know themselves and unless you know yourself, you cannot be helped.” Additionally, Christopher is leading a youth mobilization initiative in his district in conjunction with the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) to entrench a culture of entrepreneurship within the youthful population in Yatta. Christopher aptly sums up his resolve, “I am the face of the youth programme. Mine is to transform the youth and showcase the vast opportunities in store for their exploitation.”

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Testimonial from a young farmer in Nakuru County who is engaged in Agribusiness

Courtesy of SlovakAid

Moses Ndonye is a carpentry student and a son of a small-holder farmer living in the semi-arid area of Subukia Constituency in Nakuru County. Like many other young people in rural areas of Kenya, Moses had little interest in farming before joining the Agribusiness Club of Subukia YP – a joint initiative of the Kenyan Network for Ecofarming in Africa (NECOFA) and the Slovak People in Peril Association (PIPA).

In places like Nakuru, where the population depends heavily on farming, lack of suitable and affordable technologies and inadequate financial services for small-scale farmers lead to low agricultural productivity. Most of the agricultural products are sold raw with little added value, keeping the farmer’s profits low, and making the sector unattractive to young people. As a result, many young people of rural areas migrate to cities where they often struggle to earn income, while the rural areas suffer from the lack of manpower and the average age of small scale farmers is growing.

At Subukia and six other Youth Polytechnics across Nakuru County, NECOFA and PIPA facilitated the establishment of demonstration gardens, animal husbandries and cottage industries, in order to expose the rural youth to practical skills in the complex chain from ecologically friendly agricultural production through value addition and food processing to marketing, distribution and sale of food products around villages, towns and cities. The idea is to support young small-holder farmers to maximise profits from their land, make them stay and choose agribusiness as a means of living.

Moses’s interest in agriculture was triggered after he joined the Subukia Agribusiness Club. “When I joined the YP, I was focusing on finishing my course and moving from school, but from this project I have gained a lot of knowledge which has helped me think otherwise.” He says. “I have realized that you can do farming and God can bless you and you produce a lot of products which can really improve your standards of living. So for me I have decided to focus on farming instead of migrating.” After going through the training, Moses acquired skills such as how to grow crops without using chemicals, how to practice crop rotation, rear livestock, as well as various value addition techniques. “From this project I have learnt that it is possible to do farming without using chemicals and fertilizers. I have tried this at home and it is better than using chemicals. Although fertilizers accelerate crops growth, organic crops are healthier and nutritious. This is an advantage because at home we have a lot of manure, thus reducing the cost of purchasing fertilizer. So I will only need to buy seeds. I have practiced this at home and I have seen a lot of improvement.”

These skills were particularly useful, given that Moses is one of the 15 children of a small-holder farmer, Mr Paul Ndonye, who was the sole breadwinner of the family. Paul has witnessed his son’s growing interest in farming and appreciated Moses’s help around the family farm. “Even when I am not around I leave [the farm] under his care and I am comfortable with it,” Paul says.

Moses has been sharing the acquired skills and knowledge with the family members, but also with his immediate community. “For the family, they always ask me to train them on what we have learnt in the school on farming and livestock rearing and they are happy about it . A District Officer and other people from the area came [to school] to learn on farming and enquire why maize is being affected by diseases. I was given the opportunity to talk with them and I informed them that maize disease could be caused by prolonged use of fertilizer and failure to practice crop rotation thus causing soil infertility,” Moses explains.

At the father’s farm, Moses constructed a small garden to practice the techniques he had learned at the ABS club. After a few months he managed to harvest his first yield. From the profit he had made he was able to pay school fees without having to ask for father’s help. This was very encouraging for him and prompted even more interest in agribusiness. “Once I am finished with my course I will go back home and start farming as I have realized that farming can be a good business which I can advance once I am through.”

This initiative of spreading practical knowledge by vocational schools in Nakuru region has been realized thanks to financial support  by  SlovakAid.

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Who will feed the Future?

Blogpost by Andrew Mahame

There is a big sustainability gap in African farming. This is because, while a very high percentage of African farmers are old and aging (mainly above 60), the youth still have a tendency to shy away from farming and agriculture – at least not if they have other alternatives. More and more young people – especially the rural youth – focus on moving out from farming and rural communities to find “good jobs” in urban centres.

Arising from this trend is a question which many development organisations working in Africa and African governments are trying to understand how, or mobilizing resources, to tackle. That question is: who will feed the Africans of the future? During his keynote speech, at the 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week, Akinwumi Adesina, President of African Development Bank (AfDB) acknowledged that “young Africans are needed in agriculture to raise profitability (and innovations) in the sector.

That means, in addition to addressing the problems of future of food security in Africa, African agriculture needs youth innovations for its profitability and sustainability. While going through the exhibition booths of the Science Week, I happened on the CTA stand, where the stand manager elaborated to me how the CTA is contributing towards solving this challenge of sustainability of agriculture by attracting more youth to work in the sector through its activities.

CTA and its partners, I learnt, draw more youth into agriculture value chains through its ICT for agriculture initiatives, such as its AgriHack (Agriculture Hackathon) events where young people with ICT skills are brought together to develop ICT applications and innovations that improve the activities and livelihoods of farmers. A prime example of such application developed in 2013 is Ensibuuko (Mobis) in Uganda. It has now been actively adopted by over 60,000 farmers.

In addition, engaging young people in agriculture discussions and decisions through the use of social media/reporting is another useful entry point for youth to come into agriculture. As a social reporter myself, I have seen how this process can help young people to identify opportunities in agriculture by giving access to useful information on the profitable areas of agriculture where they can invest themselves.

Can Youth feed the future?

One other key question, I believe, we can ask is if the present generation of youth with their evolving perspective on agriculture can feed the future. And, if so, what kind of support will they need to ensure the future sustainability of agriculture and food security for Africa? Also, we need to ask what kind of farming or food production do the youth want to engage in, and how would they like to conduct the farming of/for the future?

Understanding the mindset of youth on these issues as well as the current and emerging trends in agricultural technologies will be useful in knowing what kind of support young people across Africa (now and in the future) will need to ensure food security for the continent.

And in my view, with committed investment, support and capacity development for youth in agriculture from all stakeholders (governments, development organisations and the private sector), not only will Africa sustain and improve its food production and security, Africa can also become a food hub for the world.


This post represents the author’s views only.

mahame2020(at)yahoo.co.uk, #AASW7 social reporter.

Empowering youth through Sustainable Agribusiness in Transnzoia County

Courtesy of Farm Africa

According to a recent survey by the Institute of Economic Affairs, young people under the age of 34 make up 78.3 percent of the Kenyan population.

Farm Africa’s Youth Empowerment in Sustainable Agriculture (YESA) project is working to build young people’s interest in agricultural enterprises. These help generate income, create resilience and empower young people to become business leaders in their communities.

Building Sustainable Youth Agribusinesses

YESA creates, strengthens and supports youth groups to establish and manage agricultural businesses. The project provides training and technical assistance in agronomy, helps groups to market their products and encourages members to become active in local politics and governance.

The project supports young farmers in various ways, including:

  • Providing seed funding to start small agri-businesses for example growing snow peas, cabbages, chilies and French beans.
  • Demonstrating agronomic practices and technologies in group plots used as training sites.
  • Training participating groups on financial literacy, credit management and business planning.
  • Supporting youth groups to access commercial finance to sustain and expand their businesses.
  • Linking the groups to markets and supporting them in the negotiation of contract farming agreements with buyers.

Who are we helping?

YESA is partnering with 87 youth groups in Trans Nzoia County, with a total of 2,300 members (47% of which are women)

RESULTS TO DATE

  • 40 groups are working under contract farming agreements with two export companies (Safe Produce Solutions for cabbages, Keitt Exporters and Kenya Fresh for French beans and snow peas and Mace Foods for chillies export), that engage the groups as out-growers for their supply chains.
  • About 780 lead farmers, have also started their own individual enterprises on their own farms and with Farm Africa’s initial technical support.
  • Approximately, KES 1.3 million (£9,300) in credit has been obtained by the youth groups from the Youth Enterprise Development Fund. The loans are being used to invest in technology, such as greenhouses, and to support their agricultural enterprises, including poultry, sheep, and vegetable farming and other small businesses.

Seed capital from Farm Africa enabled the groups to buy equipment that they can lease such as a multipurpose two-wheel tractor that can harrow, mix manure, blend fertilisers, irrigate, plough, weed and transport produce from the farms to marketplace

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10th UNESCO Youth Forum Nominations (Africa Region) *Deadline 12th April, 2017*

The 10th UNESCO Youth Forum 25th – 26th October will ensure maximum interaction between youth and UNESCO staff, working on youth actions. It will last for 2 days and some 80 to 100 young people from all over the world – but not representing their own countries – will be invited to attend. The primary aim of the Forum is to start developing long-term relationships with exceptional youth for the better implementation of the Organization’s Operational Strategy on Youth.

The objectives of the Forum will be as follows:
• To discuss how UNESCO can better engage with youth and scale up outstanding youth actions
• To develop lasting relationships between exceptional youth and UNESCO’s Programme Sectors to promote the better implementation of the Operational Strategy on Youth
• To co-design a series of regional Youth Spaces (to be held over the next 2 years) to enable youth to address the issues most affecting them at a regional/sub-regional level.

Nominations will be made by UNESCO Secretariat in accordance with strict criteria:

– The participant has either led or co-shaped an innovative social initiative that relates to one of UNESCO’s areas of competence
– This social initiative has received a significant amount of public recognition/government recognition/media coverage
– A particular emphasis should be placed on stories of resilience
– The participant is aged between 15-24 where possible, or should be within the youth age definition of his/her country or region

It is vital that any youth proposed are truly inspiring and leading change in their communities and beyond and that they have an important story to tell. These stories should be included in the submission form and evidence must be provided. Listing events the youth have attended or organizations they belong to is no longer sufficient.

To apply,click on the link below:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSefW-vJ-BXAbz-7mzyTSFaUF7KWNH6sWZTakOsytJRm1LMqeA/viewform?fbzx=2635462055809333000

For further information about the sort of youth we are looking for, please have a look at the #YouthOfUNESCO stories on the UNESCO Youth Facebook page www.facebook.com/UNESCOyouth
The idea is to nominate the most inspiring youth from our networks and beyond working on a subject related to UNESCO’s field of competence.

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Marsabit Launches Sh30m Enterprise Fund for Youth and Women

Courtesy of The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives

Marsabit has launched a Sh30 million Enterprise Fund aimed at boosting micro and small businesses among youths and women.

The subsidised fund will be disbursed annually to sustain operations of small and medium-sized enterprises.

“We intend to create an entrepreneurial culture within the county by funding innovative enterprises,” said county boss Ukur Yatani on Tuesday during the swearing-in of the committee that will be in charge of the fund at the county headquarters.

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Mr Yatani said he is optimistic that the new committee will speed up the disbursement of the cash.

The governor said the subsidised loan tenure will run for a maximum of two years.

The county chief officer for Trade, Industry and Enterprise Development, James Chiwe, said they will follow the criteria set by the Commission for Revenue Allocation to disburse funds to the four sub counties.

Factors such as population, land area, poverty level, equal share and level of development will be put into consideration, he said.

Mr Chiwe said applications would be done through ward administrator’s offices who will appraise the forms before they are forwarded to the County Enterprise Fund Credit Committee for approval or rejection.

Priority will be given to women and youths who own businesses with good track records and legitimate operating licences, the official said.

Livestock traders and Jua Kali artisans also stand to benefit.

Individual business owners are expected to receive between Sh100,000 and Sh250,000 while livestock traders will get up to Sh300,000.

Group business loans will range from Sh150,000 to Sh450,000 and group livestock trade loan will range between Sh250,000 and Sh500,000.

“The fund will in a big way help local businesses overcome difficulties in accessing finances,” said Mr Chiwe.

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KCDF Youth Development Programme in 9 Counties

The Youth Development Programme (YDP) continued to strengthen the organisation and leadership capacity of youth led and youth serving organisation across the country that it works with.
The programme made deliberate efforts in promoting and nurturing youth entrepreneurship & livelihood skills transfer aimed at promoting opportunities for young Kenyans to access employment as well as create jobs for themselves and others.
Some of the grantees that KCDF worked with include:
Naivasha Partners For Change (NAPAC)
Naivasha Partners For Change (NAPAC) is a non- profit, non-political and youth led CBO registered in April 2009. The group’s activities centre on helping the youths to lead healthier and quality lives through challenging them to realise and utilise their potential.
NAPAC is producing and marketing products made from recycled plastics in Naivasha, Rift Valley. The project targets 120 youths to empower them with entrepreneurship skills in Naivasha within a period of twelve months. The grant provided will enable the group to impart skills among the target population on collection, sorting and cleaning waste polythene papers which will in turn be used to make products for sale hence the expected acquisition of entrepreneurship skills.
Pamoja Women Group
Pamoja Women Group was formed by women aged between 17 – 30 years formerly members of the Pamoja Youth Group established in November 2006. It is centrally based and active in Butula Constituency of Busia County and registered as a women group.
Pamoja Women Group is implementing a “Rural Women 2 Bodaboda Initiative (RWOBI)” project with a target of 100 unemployed and unskilled low income rural women and youths who are the backbone of the rural economies. The grant provided will enable the group to impart entrepreneurship knowledge and skills through training, provision of capital for micro & small rural enterprises and localised business advisory services to rural young women and youths for self employment/income.
Smart Options Self Help Group

Smart Options Self Help Group is a registered Community Based Organisation operating in Garissa District in the Northern Kenya. The CBO constitutes young women of an average age of 23 years of age with the vision of providing leadership in Environmental conservation as well as demystify cultural discrimination of women in Northern Kenya.
Smart Options’ project; “Making Garissa a Cleaner City through Garbage Recycling” is a response to the overwhelming presence of used plastics that lie all over the roadways through- out the community. The grant provided will enable the group to spearhead waste management which would then provide innovative and interesting opportunities of employment in enterprise development, management, and marketing strategies for its members.


Vijana Tuishi Self Help Group

Vijana Tuishi Self Help Group was formed in 2004 with a vision of empowering young people in Nyando District and the surrounding community to mitigate social economic challenges. Vijana Tuishi Self Help Group is implementing a: “Nyando Youth Entrepreneurship Support Project“ targeting 150 youths involved in agri – business, general trading and those aspiring to venture into business but lack proper training and capital.
The grant provided will enable the group to address the challenge of unemployment by equip- ping youths with entrepreneurship skills in farming, using new technologies and the formation of business forums and associations of young entrepreneurs to enable them start and grow their businesses.
Community Support Initiative (CSI)
Community Support Initiative (CSI) is a CBO located in Busia District and was formed in 2004 with the aim of addressing food insecurity through promotion of horticultural production and poultry for both house hold consumption and income generation. Targeting 100 out of school youth in the age bracket of 18 – 35 years CSI is implementing a project titled: “Improvement of household Income through Fish Farming”.
The grant provided will enable the group to introduce modern fish farming as an alternative income generating activity in the community and within a period of three years, this will benefit more than 100 youth directly and indirectly through gaining entrepreneurship skills that come with the trade as well as gain from the formation of a Sacco.
Migungani Youth Group
Migungani Youth Group is a 15 member Self Help Group registered in 2007 and located in Ganze District in the Coast Region. The groups main activities centre on tree nursery planting & agro-forestry, horticultural farming, poultry keeping and individual small business enterprises. Migungani Youth Group is targeting 225 out of school, disabled and orphaned youths together with those with families not currently engaged in any formal employment in the implementation of “Production of Quality Interlocking Stabilised Soil Blocks (ISSB)” project.
The grant provided will enable the group to not only improve housing in the area and its environs but also to create employment for the youth which will improve literacy levels for the youths as well as decrease poverty levels and social vices in the community.
PCEA Eastleigh Community Centre (PCEA-ECC)
Eastleigh Community Centre (ECC) is a faith based Non – Governmental Organisation founded in 1959 by the United Church of Northern India to cater for the destitute Asians who lived in the area then. The Centre identifies critical issues that concern the communities. ECC is implementing “Youth Empowerment through Entrepreneurship Skills Transfer Initiatives in informal settlements in Nairobi” project with 150 out of school youths in the informal settlements of Eastland’s area in Nairobi as the target.
The grant provided will enable the group to contribute to poverty reduction through increased employment opportunities for self – reliance among 150 vulnerable youths in the non formal settlements of Eastland’s Nairobi.
Blue Cross Youth Community – Based Organisation
Blue Cross Youth Community Based Organization was formed in 2004. Its mission is to mobilize, through partnerships, a progressive community of young people constructively engaged in the collective achievement of self determination, social cohesion and entrepreneurial progression, as a strategy to tackle global youth poverty.
The grant provided will enable the group to contribute to the alleviation of poverty among the youth in Kisumu East District by facilitating the participation of young people in establishing viable business enterprises through mentorship and linkages to employment opportunities.
Legacy Arts Production
Legacy Arts Production, a youth theatre group located in Migori County, was established in 2007 and employs art to influence the participation of young people in sustainable community development.
Their “Talanta Pesa (Theatre Entrepreneurship)” project aims to reach 225 young people particularly women aged between 18 – 35 years in the rural areas of Migori County. The grant provided will enable the group to impart entrepreneurship and professionalism among the rural artists and create new market and development opportunities that would turn their artistic talents to a source of employment as well as influence youth`s active participation in sustainable community and national development processes.
Mumias Constituency Youth Group
Mumias Constituency Youth Group is a Community Based Organization that was started in 2009 and currently operates in Mumias Constituency, Mumias District, in Western Province. The CBO’s vision is to empower the youth with entrepreneurial skills, training and also offer capital to start their businesses or link them to employment opportunities.
Mumias Constituency Youth Group is implementing a “Youth Employment through Training on Poultry keeping and Entrepreneurship Skills Transfer” project. This project aims to benefit 25 unemployed young males and females of the age bracket of 18 – 35 years from Mumias District who have either dropped out of school, have little or no education whatsoever.

KAM, GIZ launch TVET project to provide employment opportunities for Kenyan youth

Courtesy of Dhahabu Kenya

Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) in partnership with German Corporation for International Development (GIZ) launched a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) project aimed to provide technical jobs and economic opportunities for Kenyan youth.

Speaking during the launch, the Principal Secretary of Vocational and Technical Training, Dr. Dinah Mwinzi stated that the government is keen on working with industry to meet skills-based demand. “The TVET policy which is based on National development agenda and in particular vision 2030, is focusing on providing skills that meet the workplace as well as self-employment,” she said.

The project is premised on reality that there is an increasing demand for skilled workers in industries in Kenya with demand for improved quality of goods and services that meet international investor standards. The project is meant to address the need for review of the technical and vocational curriculum and consequently improve job productivity in the country.

KAM Chairlady Ms. Flora Mutahi stated that human capital investment is key to Kenya’s transition to a higher middle-income economy.  She hailed the deal as key to offering relevant skills to the labor market. “We want to strengthen the economic future and prosperity of our country through our very able and innovative youth population,” said Ms. Mutahi.

GIZ Team Leader, Kenya (Employment and skills for Eastern Africa) Ms. Aregash Asegaw, expressed her support to the project. She said that the goal is to have graduates who can meet workplace demand.

Ms. Mutahi added that companies such as Mutsimoto Company Ltd., Capwell Industries, Kevian Kenya, Mabati Rolling Mills, Osho Chemicals and East African Cables have already committed to take up interns and upgrade employees’ technical skills.

 

Kenya Youth Employment and Opportunities courtesy of World Bank

Courtesy of World Bank and KBC

IDA Credit: US$150.0 million equivalent
Approval Date:May 20th 2016
Closing Date:December 31st 2021

The government is seeking to create jobs or increase earnings for at least 280,000 youth under Kenya Youth Employment and Opportunities Project.

The World Bank has availed 15 billion shillings to support the project over the next five years.

One in every five youths in Kenya has no job. Unemployment among the youth in the country is estimated to stand at 17.3 percent compared to six per cent for both Uganda and Tanzania.

To address this challenge, the Ministry of Youth and Affairs has come up with Kenya Youth Employment and Opportunities Project whose main aim is to increase employment and earnings opportunities among the youth.

The project will be financed by a 15 billion shillings credit from the World Bank over the next five years. The initiative targets 280,000 young people aged between 18 and 28 who do not have jobs and have experienced extended spells of unemployment.

Those who successfully complete the program will be employed, start their own business or expand the existing ones.

The program that targets at least those with KCSE certificate will also address factors contributing to youth unemployment such as lack of employable skills, negative attitudes toward blue collar jobs and self-employment.

The project comprises of four components.

The first component, improving youth employability addresses the skills mismatch of youth by engaging training providers and private sector employers to offer training and work experience to targeted youth. This component will contain two sub components:

i) Provision of training and work experience in the formal sector and

ii) Provision of training and work experience in the informal sector;

The second component, support for job creation responds to the need for job creation with initiatives to help launch new businesses, improve the productivity and job creation potential of existing microenterprises and among self-employed youth, and support innovative approaches to improve job and earning opportunities among the hard-to-serve youth. This component is structured into two subcomponents, jointly implemented by the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs (MPYG) and the Micro and Small Enterprises Authority (MSEA).

i) Support for the self-employed and

ii) Catalytic interventions for job creation;

The third component, improving labor market information plans to improve access to and the quality of labor market information (LMI) to help public and private actors make decisions and formulate policies;

The fourth component, strengthening youth policy development and project management will support capacity building for the MPYG (Directorate of Youth Affairs) and the management and coordination of the overall Project. It includes three subcomponents:

(a) building youth employment policy development and coordination capabilities;

(b) Monitor and evaluation (M&E) of youth employment policies and funds; and

(c) project management and coordination

For details about the project visit :http://projects.worldbank.org/P151831/?lang=en&tab=details

 

Apply to be part of the 6-Month Internship Program courtesy of Kenya Revenue Authority

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In support of the Government’s Youth Initiative to develop a pool of young talent for the Kenyan Labour Market, the Kenya Revenue Authority has put in place a six (6) months Internship program for unemployed Kenyan graduate holders of degree and diploma certificates.

The program aims at providing the youth an opportunity for on-the job experience to build upon skills learned at school as well as for their professional development and, enhance their employability and is open in the following Support Services Functions in the Authority.

Finance
Human Resource
Procurement & Supplies
Security and Safety
Administration and Logistics
Information Technology Communication
Marketing & Communication
Internal Audit
Legal Services
Inspection & Testing Centre (Chemistry Majors only)
Operations and Projects Management Office

Qualifications and Basic Requirements

A Diploma or a First degree from a recognized Institution in the following disciplines: Finance/Accounting, Economics, Procurement Studies, Human Resource Management, Marketing, ICT, Chemistry, Library & Information Sciences, Law, Criminology and Security Studies, Business Administration, Business Management
Be a Kenyan youth aged between 20 and 34 years
Must have completed their training and graduated in the last twelve (12) months
Must not have undertaken any other internship programme or exposed to work experience related to their area of study since graduation.

Personal Attributes

Must be a person of Integrity (Current Certificate of good Conduct required)
Must be Computer Literate
Strong Communication (written & oral ) skills

Application Procedure

If you fit the above requirements and are interested in the Authority’s Internship program, then follow this link (
http://www.kra.go.ke/index.php/careers/kra-internship-program-opportunities )

to apply online. The deadline for application is May 31st 2017, for the July 2017 placement. Do not attach any documents at this point.

Please Note:

a) Only those shortlisted will be contacted

b) The Authority does not guarantee employment after completion of the Internship program

c) Incomplete applications will not be considered

d) Gender, Ethnicity, Disability and Regional balance considerations will be applied in the selection process

NB: Canvassing directly or indirectly will result to disqualification