OAY successfully contributed to impactful movement building including;
Successfully Policy Influencing
20+ policies positively influenced including National Youth Policy 2019 , 2019 Kenya International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD +25), Draft national skills policy , Career Guidance Policy, ASRH 2015 Policy, RH Policy, Kenya RMNCAH+N investment framework, Presidential Task Force on Mental Health Taskforce ( Our memo was fully adopted and formed part of the final report as annex 8 available
Annual Devolution Conference under commitment no. 10 on investment in adolescents , Influenced UHC policy especially around inclusion of SRHR under benefits package with Kisumu County signing the Youth Communique
Other Key Experiences
OAY has experience in GBV programming evidenced by ongoing Gates Foundation funded project, #RideBilaTouch# being implemented by Kenya Generation Equality, Youth Coalitions comprising OAY, Y-ACT and IYFP that aims to end SGBV in public transport by working with commuters , media, service providers , investors and government.
OAY is one of the key pioneers of youth index in Kenya. In 2016, OAY was nominated by the Treasury to chair the Global Youth Forum during the second high level meeting (HLM2) on accelerating implementation of SDGs in Nairobi. OAY successfully advocated for inclusion of youth development index, a youth indicator, through OAY’s Regional Presidents Global Youth Speech available Here, official presentation of youth statement available Here from 2:33 , and Nairobi Youth Statement that was adopted formally in the monitoring of framework as part of the Nairobi Outcome Document under commitment 55. Since then, OAY has been involved in the YDI agenda through the Commonwealth processes and ongoing OAY coordinated campaign where prioritization of YDI is part of the asks in the Timiza Ahadi call to action available Here
Recent achievements around population and development
OAY has experience in population and development issues among youth since 2016. In 2016, OAY implemented ICPD Beyond 2015 Plan of Action supported by IPPF leading to creation of KAYSRHR + HIV network. In 2017, OAY through support of CIFF and Gates built capacity of 12 youth organizations on DD roadmap and took part in launch of DD roadmap in Addis Ababa. This led to development of the roadmaps communication toolkit available here. Further OAY, supported youth consultations across Kenya in partnership with NCPD to inform Kenya’s ICPD+25. commitments and supported their participation in the process leading to creation of ICPD+25 Youth Coalition.
Recent Achievements in Social Behavior Change Communication (SBCC)
The WHO project on COVID-19 response, communication and awareness increased the acceptance and use of COVID-19 vaccination that has led to the interest of scaling up to regional level to 4 other countries.