1.0 Advocating for Change for Adolescents
Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (The Partnership) worked in close collaboration to provide support and assistance to OAYouth Kenya and other members of the PMNCH’s Adolescents and Youth Constituency in the pilot phase and most recently the launch of the Advocating for Change for Adolescents! 2.0 toolkit (the toolkit) in December 2018. The youth-led organizations implementing the project are in YP Foundation (India), HeRLiberty Foundation (Malawi), Education as a Vaccine (Nigeria), Cameroon Youth Network(Cameroon) and Organization of African Youth(Kenya).
2.0 FAYA Project
FAYA is a 3 year project currently being implemented in Narok, Kilifi and Homa Bay Counties and is supported by CIFF and implemented by 6 partner organizations, aims to achieve policy change for effective adolescent sexual and reproductive health education.
3.0 International Conference for Population and Development (ICPD)
Since 2016, OAY has been engaged in the International Conference on Population and Development processes, and recently the Nairobi ICPD 25 Summit in 2019. The Overall Goal was; Meaningful and impactful youth engagement in the International Conference on Population and Development Implementation and influence other related global, regional and national processes through coordinated advocacy. Between December 2016 and May 2017, we implemented ‘Accelerating International Conference on Population and Development Implementation through coordinated Advocacy’ project with the support of IPPF.
4.0 Youth and Universal Health Coverage (UHC)
The Organization of African Youth (OAY) has been engaging young people as rights holders and County Governments through the Ministries of Health as duty bearers in the five pilot Counties of; Machakos, Kajiado, Nairobi, Nyeri and Kiambu, on issues of prioritization of Adolescent and Youth Friendly Spaces (AYFS) as a primary health care package within Universal Health Care (UHC).
In early 2019, Organization of African Youth - a youth led organization set out to collect youth voices, opinions and aspirations on UHC. This was a multi-phased process that employed a build-up and participatory action including the first ever Devolution Youth Caravan that directly reached about 650 adolescents and youth
Further , OAY has been engaging young people and duty bearers in Kisumu County on issues of prioritization of Adolescent Youth Friendly Services (AYFS) as a primary health care package within Universal Health Care (UHC) since May 2019.
These engagements have led to development of a Youth Space in UHC Communique with a list of young people’s demands.
5.0 Nutrition and Food Security
The adolescents and youth can play critical roles in all nutrition and food security processes, from farm to fork to support the achievement of SDGs especially Goals 1 and 2. It is on this basis that OAY has mobilized youth organizations to champion the scaling up nutrition agenda in Kenya. The Kenya Adolescents and Youth SUN (KAYSUN) Chapter seeks to create a youth coordinated Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) platform under Kenya Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Alliance to advocate for better nutrition, capacity build young champions in every sector, run demonstration projects and drive accountability and resources allocation.
6.0 Economic Empowerment
In partnership, Africa Centre for Entrepreneurship and Leadership (ACEL) and Organization for African Youth are implementing youth economic empowerment project It’s Vision is; Youth in Kenya, East Africa and beyond have thriving, enterprising and profitable businesses leading to a high standard of living. It’s Mission is; To be the leading provider of financial products and services for youth in Kenya, East Africa and beyond for small and medium enterprises. The overall purpose of this partnership is to establish the following general common objectives to be achieved by the Parties.
Successes and Milestones
1.0 Successful Movement Building
2.0 Meaningful Adolescent and Youth Engagement
a) KAYSRHR Convened and facilitated advocacy training for youth advocates and supported advocates activities across the FAYA Project Counties of Narok, Kilifi and Homa Bay. As a result of this training, young people were able to establish Youth Advisory Councils (YACs) in FAYA Project Counties as spaces for young people to strategically engage government. Through this project, Young people were also support to access the Technical Working Groups (TWGs) as strategic spaces to ensure that the adolescents and youth voices are heard in all levels of programming and government led actions on Health.
3.0 Toolkits Development
a) The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (The Partnership) provided support and assistance to OAY and other member of the PMNCH’s Adolescents and Youth Constituency in the pilot phase and most recently the launch of the Advocating for Change for Adolescents! 2.0 toolkit (the toolkit) in December 2018
b) The Demographic Dividend campaign was inspired by the 2017 African Union’s Demographic Dividend Roadmap. It focused on the development of a narrative and communications toolkit to help increase understanding of the Demographic Dividend and build relevance across different sectors.
The Demographic Dividend seeks to have an impact across multiple objectives (including health and education, youth empowerment, economic development and political stability) behind a shared vision and priorities.
The project was coordinated by M&C Saatchi and was designed to support the Youth Division at the African Union Commission (AUC) to increase sustainable, multi-sectoral interest in and action taken on achieving the Demographic Dividend in line with the AUC’s four priority pillars. The final Kenyan narrative can be found HERE