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CEA Partners Strategize on Youth Inclusion in Western Kenya

Publicatiedatum: 07/04/2020

ICCO-Kenya held a reflection and learning meeting with five CEA partner organizations in Kakamega county, western Kenya from 18th – 20th February 2020. The discussions, which involved officials from the County government facilitated a joint review of all partner advocacy engagements, with the aim of linking them to county and national development targets.

ICCO-Kenya held a reflection and learning meeting with five CEA partner organizations in Kakamega county, western Kenya from 18th – 20th February 2020. The discussions, which involved officials from the County government facilitated a joint review of all partner advocacy engagements, with the aim of linking them to county and national development targets.

The event facilitated the introduction of a new CEA partner, Africa Inland Child and Community Agency for Development (AICCAD), a faith Based Organization whose mandate is to provide services to vulnerable children and youth in communities. AICCAD is taking up implementation of CEA activities in Homa Bay County.

Through field visits to the KOSAN social accountability network in Khwisero sub county, and the Western Organization for People Living with HIV/AIDS (WOPLA) in Kakamega county, partners were able to see first hand the impact of effective community-led advocacy on the livelihoods of vulnerable populations.

The partner organizations further benefited from an introduction to communication and advocacy by knowledge management specialists. The practical exercises in handling interactions with media and government officials sought to prepare the teams for a county-wide campaign on youth inclusion in agriculture that the CEA program shall roll out in 2020. The campaign will target government officials, youth farmers, like-minded civil society organizations and other key actors along the CEA agricultural value chain, and facilitate enhanced participation of youth in decision making processes in western Kenya.

The Civic Engagement Alliance is a joint collaboration between Dutch and southern Civil Society Organizations that advocates for inclusive development. In Kenya, the program is implemented by KCDF, KAAC, AYT, ADS-W and USK, with a major focus on soya bean, poultry, sorghum and maize value chains in five Counties (Bugoma, Busia, Kakamega, Kisumu and Homabay).

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