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Advocacy Work in Day-to-Day Political Business

Kenya has an active civil society. However, civil society actors do not always know how to approach politicians and convince them of their cause for the public benefit. The workshop aims at enhancing civil society leaders’ capacity in advocacy work.


Cine Club

Born Free

“Born Free” is a drama about a couple who raised an orphaned lion cub to adulthood, and released her into the wilderness of Kenya. The movie shall serve as starting point for a discussion about the perception of Africa in Europe and vice versa.

Expert conference

Which Decentralized Structures are Suitable for Trade Associations?

Trade Associations in general are only active in major cities such as Nairobi, Mombasa or Kisumu. For them to be able to also reach entrepreneurs in remote areas, they need a network of decentralized structures.


Which Role Can Women in Rural Areas Play in Policy Making?

The 2010 constitution highlights the role of women, such as by granting them a number of seats in the parliament and the senate. To foster the development of rural areas, the workshop highlights the potential of women’s participation in these areas.


Citizens’ Rights and Duties as Enshrined in the Constitution

An important feature of the new constitutions is the role the Kenyan citizens play in it. However, knowledge on the constitution is often very poor. Therefore the workshop aims at enhancing citizens’ expertise on their rights and duties.


Duties, Rights and Obligations of Members of Parliament, Governors and Senators

Devolution led to a bicameral legislative. National Members of Parliament have to cooperate with Senators coming from the 47 counties. Furthermore every county has a governor. The workshop aims at opening up avenues of cooperation between all actors.


Compliance with the Principles of Rule of Law and Accountability

The new constitution explicitly states that the citizens should fulfill a watchdog role to contribute to politicians’ adherence to the rule of law and accountability. The seminar aims at enabling them to do so.


Land Ownership Legislation

How can politicians at the county level effectively enforce citizens’ rights?

Politicians in the counties often have little knowledge on legislation, given the fact that the counties and the surrounding legislation are only really being implemented since 2013. The workshop aims at enhancing their knowledge on land ownership.


Cine Club

Out of Africa

The movie shows the life of the Danish writer Karen Blixen. She was one of the first European authors to write about the African continent. The film will be taken as a starting point to reflect upon the perception of Africa in Europe and vice versa.


Development of Rural Areas by Employers’ Associations

Employers’ associations in general are only active in the main cities of Kenya. Much of the economic activity is however taking place in an informal setting in rural areas. The workshop contributes to the creation of avenues to develop these areas.

Civil Society Engagement for Better Approach Towards Political Decision Makers "Power Mapping"

Food Security- Samburu County

KAS Kenya office held a two day training in Samburu County that brought together members from the media and CSOs that deal in livelihoods, peace promotion and disaster management. The main objective was to strengthen their capacity in developing better approaches (power mapping and analysis) towards political decision makers.

Development of Political and Lobby Documents for Food Security and Early Warning Systems

Food Security - West Pokot County

KAS Kenya office held a one day county level and a subsequent two days sub-county level training in West Pokot on how to undertake successful lobbying on areas of food security and disaster risk reduction.

Mentorship Training on Political Action Planning

Youth and Politics

KAS Kenya office held a two days training early February in Naivasha with KAS mentors, Mr. Roland Theis - Secretary General and Vice Minister of Justice and Mr. Gordon Hoffmann - Secretary General of the CDU Party Brandenburg on Political action planning. The two days training focused on two key areas namely: enhancing the participants’ knowledge and skill on county legislative, policy and budget making cycles so as to have in-depth awareness of the processes and where to intervene and political action planning and how they can effectively to push for actions in their constituencies.

Young Politicians Training on Entrepreneurship

On the 26th and 27th September 2019, KAS Kenya held a training on entrepreneurship for the young politicians. The aim of the training was to equip the young politicians with knowledge and skills on how to identify and profitably implement business ideas as alternative solutions to raise finances for their political careers. The training also purposed to improve their entrepreneurship competencies which would enhance their skill set in problem solving, team building among other skills for a successful political career and financial management. This intervention was necessary for the young politicians since they are expected to be future policy makers as well as create opportunities for the young people in their communities. Creative solutions such as business ideas are vital especially in this day and age in Kenya where unemployment is high

KAS & KICTANet Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Digital Cooperation

On the 3rd and 4th October, KAS Kenya in partnership with KICTANet held a workshop on 'multi-stakeholder dialogue on digital cooperation'. To get a glimpse of what transpired do watch the videos with the different views of some of the stakeholders at the workshop. KAS Country director gives his views on How the digital space aids in the democratization process in Kenya.

KAS Kenya Mentorship Sessions

Starting early this year KAS Kenya has been carrying out mentorship sessions in different counties with the aid of KAS partners and mentors. The mentorship sessions targeted young leaders between the age of 18 years to 35 years to enhance their participation in governance issues and service delivery. The sessions purposed on nurturing these young people whose interest is in politics, from a grass root level to the national level.

How Does International Development Assistance Influence the chances of Young People

To understand the effects of international development cooperation on young people’s opportunities, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Kenya and the Inter Region Economic Network (IREN Kenya) on Monday 26, August 2019 convened a two-day workshop in Nairobi, Kenya. The key focus of the conference was to explore the debate on development assistance taking stock of the last 60 years, as well as discuss experiences of the youth and whether the chances they have obtained in development assistance have helped them in decision-making processes in their countries, New approaches in Development Assistance and Education, Different Approaches to Development Assistance (experiences from China, India, Gulf States) and Development assistance in Kenya today.

Enhancing capacities of women in leadership

In July and August 2019, KAS held training workshops for nominated women MCAs in Kajiado, Mombasa and Kisumu respectively. The training covered selected women MCAs from the following counties; Nairobi, Kiambu, Kajiado, Machakos, Murang’a, Makueni Laikipia, Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Tana-River, Lamu and Taita-Taveta, Kisumu, Vihiga, Homabay, Siaya, Elgeyo Marakwet and Baringo. KAS has been engaging with partners to push for participation of women in leadership and decision making processes. There still continues to be a need for the women in leadership positions with a special target group of nominated women members of county assemblies to be empowered more in order to overcome the challenges they are often faced with and clearly get to understand their roles. This is from the realization that women are still left behind in matters leadership of the Country compared to their male counterparts.

Strengthening the capacities of religious groups on use of media

Starting 24th – 25th July, 2019, KAS conducted a capacity enhancement activity in Nyali, Mombasa, for various religious groups and faith based organizations on the different media platforms that exist and could be used to strengthen inter-religious dialogue. The event purposed to raise awareness on the 21st century powerful social media communication tool and how it can be used to counter religious intolerance and improve the fight against violent extremism at the Coast. The Coast region of Kenya has in past and present times been riddled with lots of cases on violent extremism, sometimes stemming from religious intolerance. There is therefore a continued need to harmonize the different religious groups, to promote peace, harmony and tranquility in the region through reduced extremism.


Rethinking Democracy

International Conference on Elections and Representation

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