Kwale County

Kwale County

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Coastal Youth as Powerful Actors for Change

In the midst of the County’s devolution process, young people in Kwale are critical to its future.

Kwale County, has been increasingly in the spotlight following the Kenya’s constitutional devolution process, which began in 2010. Through their projects, our young activists in Kenya capitalised on the new avenues presented for engaging other young people in economic and political decision-making processes, as well as for healing traumas and empowering them to become powerful actors for change.

Young Cities has been active in Kwale since 2019, and in that time has trained 45 young activists and directly supported five youth-led projects. Building on our successful programme in Mombasa, Young Cities work closely with our local partner, Human Rights Agenda Kenya (HURIA) and collaborates with Kwale County and its Forum on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism to further improve youth participation in political processes.

 

 

Our Impact in Kwale County

We aim for relevant and strategic impact at scale. Working closely with young people in identifying the needs of their communities and the challenges they face, we ensure that the solutions we support them in developing are targeted and sustainable.

 

 

 

Preventing Crime through Trust-Building, Youth Empowerment and Play

Young Cities-supported initiatives are helping to reduce crime and encourage better relationships with the police.

Among the challenges facing Kwale County, the risk of young people joining gangs ranks among the most pressing. The vulnerability of young people being recruited into these groups is compounded by factors such as a lack of trust between them and police, a lack of alternative opportunities and low resilience to the allure of juvenile crime at a young age.

Young Cities has supported the development of three projects over the past two years, led by young activists who identified these challenges and are working to address them. Samba Sports Youth Agenda, used football to connect with more than 300 boys. The Blueprint Initiative inspired young people through music and local success stories to forge new pathways to success. And TLM has created a music video to educate young men about their rights and encourage positive behaviour during encounters with the police.

 

Devolution and You(th)!

One team has launched two projects to improve youth participation in Kwale’s devolution process.

Devolution has the potential to enhance the role of citizens in guiding how their cities are governed. However, since the process began in 2010, many young people felt that they were either marginalised from the process or had too little understanding to fully participate.

Through our Ambassador Grant, Derin Peace Network has received two rounds of funding and support – first in Kubo-South Ward then a year later in Lunga-Lunga sub-county – to address these challenges and get more young people involved in political processes in Kwale.

Derin surveyed over 250 young people across the two projects, to measure their current levels of understanding of the devolution process. Using their findings, they designed the methodology for several civic education workshops for 110 more.

From almost zero understanding of devolution processes, public participation and how Kwale County’s fiscal cycles work, workshop participants scored between 70-90% on knowledge tests by the end of the programme.

Kwale Projects

Through mentorship, seed-funding and network-building, we support young people to transform ideas into tangible initiatives that make a positive change in their communities.

DERIN Peace Network (Ambassador Grant)
project

DERIN Peace Network (Ambassador Grant)

Kenya
Kenya | Kwale County

Building upon previous successes, this Ambassador team wanted to go further in understanding youth civic disengagement and help to overcome it through research and workshops in Lunga Lunga sub-County.

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Samba Sports Youth Agenda
project

Samba Sports Youth Agenda

Kenya
Kenya | Kwale County

A targeted initiative that combined sport with trauma healing sessions helped young boys resist drug abuse and crime.

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DERIN Peace Network
project

DERIN Peace Network

Kenya
Kenya | Kwale County

Evidence-driven training to increase young people's civic engagement and knowledge of the devolution process in Kwale County.

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The Blueprint Initiative
project

The Blueprint Initiative

Kenya
Kenya | Kwale County

An online campaign that empowered young people by enabling them to be self-reliant in capitalising on employment and project-development opportunities in Kwale County.

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Testimonials

“Hundreds of youth commented on and shared our campaign. We see this as a good first step towards the solution of youth crime.”

Team member

BluePrint Initiative

“[Because of this campaign] the boys are now able to [better] recognise their misdeeds, as well as seek advice from both their parents and teachers. Those who used to associate themselves with bad company have withdrawn from such groups”

Teacher

in response to Samba Sports Youth Agenda

Our partners

The organisations and municipal governments we work with are essential to the success of the Young Cities programme. Together, we continue to effect genuine, relevant change in the communities in which we work.

Kwale County Government

The local government of Kwale County have generously supported our efforts in their region and community – from securing private transport and expert facilitators for Derin’s awareness-raising sessions, to providing invaluable insight into the programmes available for crime reduction among youth. The County’s Forum on P/CVE has been helping to improve the participation of youth in political processes through training, dialogue and sensitisation.

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Human Rights Agenda (HURIA), Kenya

HURIA have been our partner in Coastal Kenya from day one. Through their tireless commitment, they have assisted us in the roll-out of our Youth Innovation Labs, helped us launch the youth-led campaigns, and facilitated our relations with local youth, CSOs and County governments.

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If you would like to find out more about our impact, or would like to discuss future opportunities, we would love to hear from you.

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