Events - Kenya Office
Mentorship Training based on the evaluation
On the 2nd-4th of April, 2019, KAS, Kenya held a mentorship training in Mombasa, with 17 young politicians. It was a follow up on previous mentorship programs, where mentors and mentees have been taken through the process of understanding their rights, the importance of political participation, as well as getting engaged in political actions on the ground. Overall, more than 850 mentees have benefitted from the program so far, countrywide. The program further trains and strengthens the mentees in organizing and conducting their own mentorship programs as a trickle-down effect.
Use of early-warning systems: Gathering information, technical instruments, engaging government.
The CSOs trained earlier particularly the ToTs and other facilitators will be assisted by KAS to put the knowledge learnt into action by engaging in community level trainings, this time round, in light of the ongoing government budgetary process.
KAS Kenya Retreat with select political parties.
The forum will create opportunities for pre-selected political parties that are potentially partners of KAS Kenya to share their political parties beliefs vis-à-vis KAS Kenya’s work,their manifestos,activities and gaps therein.
Development of strategies to integrate data from early-warning-systems into mid-term political planning.
The activity seeks to expand the political space on the use of data from Early Warning Systems in planning within the area of food security in Baringo, and West Pokot.
Round-Table: Which framework does Kenya need for virtual markets?
The aim of the round table discussion is to stimulate discussions between entrepreneurs, politicians and IT-experts on the potential design of a framework for virtual markets in the country and this is the first of many discussions to take place.
Training on raw material-extraction in Turkana-Capacity building in project-planning for local CSOs.
The aim of the KAS intervention is, that civil society organisations (CSOs) and the youth would become active stakeholders in the definition of the project and its effects on their livelihoods.
Early-warning systems and resilience against drought: challenges and solutions
This activity will provide an interesting dimension towards promoting sustainable solutions to food insecurity by pitching the idea of accountable governance at the community level by community groups.
Strengthening the role of county representatives in the implementation of the National Anti-Drought Strategy (EDE)
Strengthen the concept of contingency plan and drought preparedness for the forthcoming dry spell Jan-March and assess the socio-economic and demographic status and to build context information on early warning through contingency planning process.
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Enhancing Capacity of Female Members of County Assemblies
Capacity building for female MCAs
The event brought together 20 MCAs, drawn from Nairobi, Kiambu, Kajiado, Machakos, Murang’a, Makueni and Laikipia Counties. Sometimes, nominated female MCAs face some form of rebellion from their elected counterparts, especially men, who are reluctant to team up and work with them.
Food Security and Disaster Management monitoring through empowered local structures
Food Security and Disaster Management
KAS Kenya held an ASAL Stakeholders Forum (ASF) for capacity development from 16th -17th May 2019, in West Pokot. The focus of the forum was on political lobbying on food safety through disaster risk reduction. The aim was to assess the political trends and existing barriers to conducting food security advocacy campaigns in the region by Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) Food insecurity was established as one of the leading disasters facing the County, hence a need to cascade it in the political and policy formulation discourse for better management
Lessons learned from German History –An evening with Konrad Adenauer’s grandson
KAS, Nairobi held a discussion forum on the 3rd of June, 2019, with young Kenyan Politicians to discuss the post-war German political developments, and the lessons Kenya can draw from the same. The event was graced by Dr. Stephan Werhahn, a grandson to Konrad Adenauer and Association of Catholic Entrepreneurs (BKU) Board Member for International Relations. From the discussion, it was noted that Germany had gone through a difficult political and economic watershed, especially during the Nazi-dictatorship (1933-1945). Some of the major gains that Germany realized were during the tenure of Konrad Adenauer as Chancellor (1949-1963)
Strengthening the role of CSOs through COFs to ensure controls & accountability
KAS Kenya in collaboration with its implementing partner MAPACA organized a training forum in Makueni County on 25th June 2019 aimed at empowering citizen oversight forums (COFs) to play their oversight role effectively in the budget making process, information gathering and dissemination. The forum themed “Strengthening the role of CSOs through COFs to ensure controls & accountability” brought together members of citizen oversight forums, civil society and county officials for the one-day event.
Basic Training of the Public Expenditure Tool on Social Accountability
On the 29th and 30th of May, 2019, KAS held a training at the Everest House Hotel in Kisumu on the public expenditure tool (PET) and with extension, on social accountability to help build the capacity of the social auditors on public expenditure tools. The aim of the training was to improve on the present quality of public service delivery in Siaya, Vihiga and Kisumu Counties. This training was deemed necessary since counties have been accused of poor financial management and service delivery. During the training, participants were taken through the broader concept behind social accountability and tools such as community report cards, community score cards, budget analysis, social accountability, and public expenditure tracking were shared with the participants.
Civic Participation Laws & Implementation Policies as the Basis for Effective Participation
KAS in partnership with the Mobilization Agency for Paralegal Communities in Africa (MAPACA) organized a workshop in Makueni County on 4th & 5th July to review the county public participation laws and policies. This informative platform was attended by members of Makueni County Assembly, county oversight forums and civil society members. The forum examined the efforts made in the county to improve public participation and interrogated the problematic issues surrounding those laws and policies. These discussions informed the development of an action plan which has citizens’ input for debate and consideration in the ongoing public participation bill development in Makueni County.
Empowering local structures of the CSOs to monitor policy and politics in the area of food security and disaster management.
On the 16th -17th May 2019, KAS engaged the Asal Stakeholders Forum (ASF) in West Pokot in a refresher training workshop to strengthen their capacity to influence policy and political lobbying on matters to do with food safety. The earlier sessions of the workshop looked at the general policy and political trends, the existing barriers to conducting advocacy campaigns around food security in West Pokot while providing the participants with an opportunity to connect their experiences at the county level with those at the national level.
KAS Mentoren/innen kämpfen für mehr politisches Engagement unter Kenias Jugend
13 Mentorinnen und Mentoren haben im letzten Jahr Mentoring Trainings in ganz Kenia durchgeführt. Dabei geht es um die Rolle der Jugend in der Politik, durchdachtes Wahlverhalten der Jungwähler/innen und ganz konkrete Ideen, wie sich Jugendliche in Kenia politisch einbringen können.
Cross border conflict
Cross border conflict as a factor to food safety / security
Cross border conflict has in many instances acted as one of the main impediments to food security especially among the warrying communities. In Turkana County and in particular along the border with West Pokot County, two communities that are both pastoralists with historic conflict and clashes over animals, pasture and which have experienced a protracted violent conflict are yet to find a common ground to co-exist peacefully. This problem continues to manifest in different forms amid multi-stakeholder’s approach that has tried to provide multi-faceted solutions.
International Conference on Rethinking Democracy 2018
Theme: International Trends in Elective Sytems
On 13th to 15th November, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Kenya (KAS) organized an international conference on Rethinking Democracy themed ‘International Trends in Elective Systems.’ This conference brought together political leaders, distinguished scholars, authors, media practitioners, election managers, university students and civil society representatives to deliberate and contribute to the discourse on best practices and insights on electoral management and experiences from different countries across the world.
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