OAY's ACHIEVEMENTS

OAY successfully contributed to impactful movement building including;
  • My vote Kenya campaign aimed at promoting youth civic participation and consolidating their voices around their priorities and peace in 2022.
  • Jiactivate campaign to identify, amplify and reinforce key youth priorities in the run up to 2017 Kenyan General Elections. co founded by Well told Story, Organization of Africa Youth, Kenya Red Cross Society, Centre for Study of Adolescence, Brand2D, with the support of Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, with OAY as founding Chair.
  • The KAYSRHR Network grew out of an informal alliance of SRHR organizations convened by Organization of African Youth-Kenya in 2015 with the help of IPPF’s small grants fund. The intention of the alliance at the time was to facilitate meaningful national level youth engagement and partnership to influence the position of Kenyan government ahead of its participation in regional and international discussions and negotiations on SRHR and population dynamics.
  • Between 2013 and 2015 , OAY formed Post 2015 African Youth Agenda and worked with UNESCO, UNDP , UNEP and UNHABITAT to mobilize African youth voices around Post 2015 agenda and convened 3 pan African Youth Forums at UN, Nairobi, processes that culminated into SDGs
  • The Kenya Scaling Up Nutrition Youth Network founded by OAY; advocates for better nutrition, capacity build young champions in nutrition and food security sector and promote good nutrition habits and behaviors.
  • founding member of ICPD +25 Youth Coalition
  • co-founder of Kisumu UHC-SRHR Alliance.
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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 here . ) , 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

Experience in evidence generation and tools development
  • PMNCH, provided support and assistance to OAY and other members of the PMNCH’s Adolescents and Youth Constituency in the pilot phase and the launch of the Advocating for Change for Adolescents! 2.0 toolkit (the toolkit) in December 2018.
  • The Demographic Dividend campaign was inspired by the 2017 African Union’s Demographic Dividend Roadmap. The project was coordinated by M&C Saatchi and was designed to support the Youth Division at the African Union Commission (AUC). The final Kenyan narrative can be found HERE
  • Recent evidence generation projects: GFF assessment on prioritization of AYSRHR in THS-UC (2020), GEF assessment on SGBV in public transport (2021), Assessment of impact of COVID on youth (2020), survey on adolescents wellbeing (on going)
experience in GBV Programming

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

experience in advocating youth development index
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
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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.

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Experience in Evidence Generation and Tools Development
  • GFF 2021 Assessment report; Nairobi and Kisumu available here
  • PMNCH, provided support and assistance to OAY and other members of the PMNCH’s Adolescents and Youth Constituency in the pilot phase and the launch of Advocating for Change for Adolescents! 2.0 toolkit (the toolkit) in December 2018.
  • Adolescents Wellbeing Curriculum/ Guide:
  • The Demographic Dividend campaign was inspired by the 2017 African Union’s Demographic Dividend Roadmap. The project was coordinated by M&C Saatchi and was designed to support the Youth Division at the African Union Commission (AUC). The final Kenyan narrative can be found HERE
  • Recent evidence generation projects: GFF assessment on prioritization of AYSRHR in THS-UC (2020), GEF assessment on SGBV in public transport (2021), Assessment on impact of COVID on youth (2020), survey on adolescents wellbeing (on going)
  • Health Leadership Policy Youth discussion with decision makers: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1r1xPdICLZf7RYOLO_ktPyl6g095hFwyU