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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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.
International Conference on Elections and Representation
This event report is only available in german.
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.
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