The Sustainable Development Goals Supported by this Program
- SDG One: No Poverty
- SDG Ten: Reduced Inequalities
- SDG Sixteen: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
According to World Bank Group, Kenya has made significant political and economic reforms that have contributed to sustained economic growth, social development, and political stability gains over the past decade. However, its key development challenges still include poverty, inequality, climate change, continued weak private sector investment and the vulnerability of the economy to internal and external shocks.
Our motivations as Kenyans are so intertwined with political affiliations that is so difficult to separate individual economic success from some sort of patriarchy. The biggest casualty of this is young people who lack a serious platform to air their voice and remind leaders of their responsibility towards empowering the local citizen.
The trickle down economic approach has clearly failed in Kenya, and much of Africa, thanks to greed for power by perennial leadership that is getting old, sticking to power and never giving young people a chance. Things like voter bribery, tribalism, nepotism, and misuse of public power continue to characterize the Kenyan political and economic situation. This has to change
WHAT IS MKENYA KWANZA?
Mkenya Kwanza (meaning the first priority to the local citizen) is a platform that was created by Impactnet Africa to give young people a chance to promote increased access to democracy and justice for the poor and marginalized special interest groups in Kenya, especially the youth.
This gives the chance for the marginalized special interest groups to air critical public policy issues on national media and receive different forms of empowerment in the process influence public policy changes that are desperately needed. We tackle the following
- Rampant Corruption
- Violent Extremism
- Youth Economic Empowerment
- Youth Voter apathy
Using talk shows, surveys, social media-based feedback channels, and public participation forums to push young people’s issues to the forefront and claim our place at the national leadership negotiation table. Under this program, Impactnet Africa uses all the available structures it has both at local and national levels to drive as many young people as possible to voting centers to vote for young leaders.
We will involve the use of technology and media tools to engage with various sections of society, including but not limited to Political Activists, Journalists, Young and budding Entrepreneurs, Musicians, Artists, Athletes, Engineers, Mechanics, Tertiary Institutions, Boda-Boda operators, Youth Groups, and Associations, other Non-Governmental Organizations, Jua kali artisans, Mama Mbogas, Widows, Christians, Muslims, Hindus. This includes local Community Mobilization and Training.
Let it be clearly known that we are in now way affiliated to any partisan political ideologies during this time of the general election. The program name may come close to similarity with a coalition name or slogan, but it is not in any way affiliated with any political groups.
In order to achieve the above we:
- Public participation seminars on various topics affecting minorities, and how the voice of the vulnerable can be effective in influencing public policy.
- Voter training seminars
- Creating Popular Social Media Pages with audio visual messages targeting the youth.
- Use local CBO’s to mobilize communities around organized youth events
- Conduct live Broadcast Town hall forums on shared values and issues of concern
- Work with local Popular Radio Shows to air issues of concern
- At times, create open field music concert and invite artists
- Creating branded promotional material.
IMPACT OF MKENYA KWANZA
- Behavior change in personal responsibility and accountability towards self and towards society.
- A more educated and informed public participating in economic development, having thriving startups and properly participating in governance at the local level.
- Change of the culture of voter apathy disillusionment towards the fight for democracy and proper election.
- A Youth that will be ready to vote and fight for change
- A Youth that can be able to discern and choose better leaders.
- More registered voters.
DATA COLLECTION ACTIVITIES TO MEASURE THE EXPECTATIONS
Data collection which involve
- The number of trained participants
- Viewership of the Forum in various media Channel particularly the Inaugural TV Channel
- The increased number of Young people that register to vote and get ready for subsequent elections.
- Emails and Responses from the Public
- Periodical release of research findings on the Impact of Mkenya Kwanza to program sponsoring partners.
PROJECT IMPLEMENTING ORGANIZATIONS AND SITES
Impactnet Africa developed the concept paper after discovering, researching and determining that there’s need to come up with local community based and media partnered mechanism to encourage young people to register, vote and fight for change.
Impactnet Africa intends to partner with various community based organizations for the purposes of mobilization and creating awareness among the locals on our program and campaigning for the Kenyan population to massively register and vote. We work with small Community based organizations that work in specific counties where the program is implemented.
The first four counties where CBO’s are to be involved for the Pilot project include the most corrupt counties in Kenya. We begin with four counties that will implement the pilot face of the forums before analysis is done on the platform’s viability, capability and Impact. These include Nairobi, Nakuru, Mombasa, Uasin Gishu, Kisumu and Machakos and Kitui. The major issues we are dealing with now are Youth voter Apathy and Economic Empowerment.
WHAT WE NEED TO BEGIN
We need inaugural resources to help jump-start this program. It is a pilot program that needs support from various stakeholders. MKENYA KWANZA is a nonprofit program.
TIMELINE AND STABILITY OF MKENYA KWANZA
All the activities will run for a period of 6 months, (one month per county), the period running between June 2022 to December 2022, with an aim to get the highest level of citizen and stake holder participation. After the seven months, a research report on the effectiveness of the program will be presented to funding partner agencies and stake holders of the program to see if it’s worth a continuation. And then if the pilot phase goes well, we proceed on for the next four years to tackle all the 47 counties, and then repeat the process again until we get the highest number of the youth and anyone else over 18 years old to be economically empowered, register and get ready to vote.