Kenya 2019

Building Youth Leadership in County Governance

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)


To build youth leadership in county-level politics, the institute will work with the Kenya Young Members of County Assemblies secretariat, its members, and select leaders to strengthen youth contributions to policy-making at the county level, using the budget development process and the new county action plans as opportunities to influence outcomes.

Empowering Elected Leaders To Build Responsive, Citizen-Centered Legislatures

International Republican Institute (IRI)


To support the development of citizen-informed, data-driven policies, and legislation within Kenyan county assemblies. The institute will build upon its local governance initiative to enhance the relationship between government and citizens and facilitate responsive governance at the sub-national level. For democratic gains to take root, investments that support citizen-centered policy development are critical. County government officials and staff will gain the knowledge and networks to govern effectively by conducting public opinion research, utilizing data to develop issue-based caucuses, and sharing their skills among peers to develop policies that address the needs of their electorates.

Enhancing Democratic Governance in Kwale County

Peace Tree Network


To foster a culture of active community participation in local governance and accountability of elected leaders, the organization will hold trainings on Kenya’s devolved system of government, train select individuals on budget and public expenditure tracking, and support citizen monitoring of local institutions. The grantee will also convene human rights and social accountability forums that will bring together local stakeholders.

Legal Aid and Human Rights Advocacy

Humanity, Action, Knowledge, Integrity in Africa Trust


To promote respect for human rights and accountability for abuses. The project will provide legal aid services, document rights abuses, and advocate for pre-trial justice. It will seek to reduce human rights abuses by providing pro bono services and developing a constructive relationship with the police and judiciary.

Mobilizing the Private Sector to Promote Transparency and Accountability

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)


To strengthen the ability of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry and county chambers to represent small and medium businesses, to expand private sector participation in the budget process by engaging the legislature and the county executive, and to mobilize the private sector to combat corruption at the national and county levels. The center will build the capacity of CIPE’s Chambers of Excellence to represent their members and engage the county government in the budgeting process, and raise awareness around the opportunity for the private sector to combat corruption.

Monitoring the Kenyan Parliament

Mzalendo Trust


To promote legislative transparency and accountability in Kenya’s parliament. The organization will provide timely, accurate, and objective information on the legislative body. By increasing parliamentary transparency and strengthening the public’s understanding of parliamentary processes and roles, the organization will play a critical role in promoting citizens’ participation in the democratic process. It will also be a vital resource for civil society organizations engaged on policy and budgetary issues, and for media organizations that cover parliament.

Promoting Labor Rights For Marginalized Workers Phase II

Solidarity Center (SC)


To continue to improve labor rights protection mechanisms in Kenya and informal worker and youth’s awareness of them. The center will support advocacy efforts for effective mechanisms for safe migration for migrant domestic workers at local county levels in Mombasa, the promotion of freedom of association, and informal economy worker organizing in Nairobi.

Strengthening Democratic Practices In Trade Unions Phase II

Solidarity Center (SC)


To continue strengthening democratic practices in Kenyan trade unions. The center will support the federation in its efforts to build the capacity of affiliate unions through the development of effective organizing models; strengthening the position, voice and participation of women and youth to better advocate for their rights; promoting transparent allocation and utilization of public funds at the county levels, and building the paralegal skills of the federation’s affiliates to competently represent their members in the Employment and Labor Relations Court.

Strengthening Peace and Local Accountability in the Nairobi Slums

Citizens Against Violence Organization


To promote an active and informed citizenry that holds local government accountable. The organization will hold a series of meetings on local governance issues and maintaining peace during the post-election period with youth leaders and government officials. The grantee will also convene a series of discussions on socio-economic, political, and security issues that affect the Nairobi and Kisumu slum communities.

Supporting Accountable and Inclusive County Governments

Kenya Muslim Youth Alliance


To support the emergence of accountable and inclusive county governments, the organization will host a series of radio programs to highlight major issues related to devolution, especially in regards to allocation and spending of public funds. Programming will include encouraging citizen engagement on issue-based politics at the local level, as well as promoting moderate and peaceful voices within the Muslim community.

Supporting Community-Based Journalism

Kay Youth Media Limited


To promote the role of media in sustaining democratic governance in Kenya. The organization will train a select group of youth to become journalists to provide community voices on under-reported, national issues and tell the impact of poor governance, corruption, and ethnic politics around the country.

The Constitution of Kenya in Graphic Form

Buni Media Limited


To promote political participation and citizens’ understanding of the Kenyan constitution. The organization will design and produce simplified chapters of the constitution as part of a graphic novel, distribute the graphic novel at exhibitions around the country and on social media, and create an interactive web platform to provide resources for citizens and facilitate dialogue around these issues.

The Future of Media in Kenya – Phase II

Media Focus on Africa Foundation


To promote the role of media in sustaining democratic governance in Kenya. Through a series of public and private roundtables, the organization will engage media professionals, civil society representatives, academics, and the public in thoughtful discourse and examination of the ways in which the media detracts from or contributes to the amelioration of governance in Kenya.

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