Mombasa County

Mombasa County

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Gangs to Governance

Addressing issues of gang-violence, youth-police relations and youth civic participation since 2018

As a founding member of the Strong Cities Network, Mombasa was a high priority for a city to launch Young Cities. We made our debut in Mombasa in 2018, and since then, our programme has trained 77 young activists and enabled 14 youth-led projects to reduce recruitment into gangs, improve relationships between young people and the police, and increase ways to platform young voices at the local policy level.

In this time, Young Cities has also worked closely with Mombasa’s County government to deliver a City Initiative supporting them in integrating youth voices into the County’s new youth resilience strategy.

We conduct our work in Kenya close collaboration with Mombasa County Government as well as our local partner, Human Rights Agenda Kenya (HURIA), and in concert with other local CSOs.

Our Impact in Mombasa

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.

 

 

It Takes a Village

A series of video campaigns highlight the need for a whole of community response to protect vulnerable young people.

Three youth-led projects in Mombasa aimed to tackle attitudes that lead to young people joining gangs in coastal Kenya. Together, these online campaigns tell a story that explores how the community as a whole is responsible for the prevention of gang recruitment. In total, the 10 videos reached more than 250,000 young people across coastal Kenya, and the lessons learned have fed directly into this year’s programming.

 

Enabling our Ambassadors as Changemakers and as Coaches

We have been helping our young activists in Mombasa to go further in supporting their communities and other upcoming leaders.

Five teams have successfully applied for continue funding through our Ambassador Grants. Teams in Mombasa and Kwale have built on their initial projects by introducing new deliverables and scaling into new areas.

One Ambassador Team, #WhatIf, took their online video project into the classroom by building a short curriculum through which facilitators and teachers could use their videos as an educational tool to discuss violent gangs with students. Another Ambassador, a successful young rapper in Mombasa, is working with other aspiring rappers to help them use their music as a force for social change and peace.

Ambassadors have another opportunity to support young people in their community by acting as a coach for new Young Cities project teams. 5 coaches from Mombasa and Kwale have been trained and matched with a group based on their experience, skills and networks to offer mentorship and support.

They leveraged these capacities to help groups develop their own skills in communication, networking, creative writing and socially-conscious rap. Although each coach was responsible for a particular group, they collaborated to ensure each group benefits all they had to offer.

Mombasa 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.

#WhatIf? (Ambassador Grant)
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#WhatIf? (Ambassador Grant)

Kenya
Kenya | Mombasa County

Four workshops with youth and mothers from Mvita sub-County, Mombasa, helped to develop a united approach to an issue that deeply affects their community.

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Alpha Omega
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Alpha Omega

Kenya
Kenya | Mombasa County

Evidence-driven workshops on civic engagement help unemployed youth in Jomvu sub-county, Mombasa, to better understand public participation processes.

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Kigoda Pwani
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Kigoda Pwani

Kenya
Kenya | Mombasa County

A research project aimed to identify why young people from Mvita sub-county in Mombasa are not engaging in the civic space. Their report, which was disseminated to key stakeholders from the community, is available for download.

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Team Mvita: “#WhatIf?”
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Team Mvita: “#WhatIf?”

Kenya
Kenya | Mombasa County

Four short videos, made by a team from Mvita sub-county in Mombasa, highlight how the whole community is responsible for the prevention of gang recruitment.

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Team Kisauni: “Be the Bigger Person”
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Team Kisauni: “Be the Bigger Person”

Kenya
Kenya | Mombasa County

Two short videos produced by a team from Kisauni sub-county in Mombasa highlight how important it is for mothers and youth to engage in dialogue to prevent gang recruitment.

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Likoni Research Initiative
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Likoni Research Initiative

Kenya
Kenya | Mombasa County

A research project aimed at understanding and improving relations between young people and police in Likoni sub-county, Mombasa City.

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Team Mombasa: “I Won’t Be Deceived”
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Team Mombasa: “I Won’t Be Deceived”

Kenya
Kenya | Mombasa County

Four short videos produced by 'Team Mombasa' raise awareness about female membership of juvenile gangs in Mombasa County.

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Nyali Research Initiative
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Nyali Research Initiative

Kenya
Kenya | Mombasa County

A research project aimed at removing barriers to youth civic participation in Nyali sub-county, Mombasa City.

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Testimonials

“The biggest highlight for me during the Young Cities process was interacting with other youths with brilliant minds, developing my ideas and skills, and building the capacity of people in my community.”

Team Member

“Don’t Be Deceived” Video Campaign

“Our initiative had such a positive impact. We bridged the gap between government agencies and youth, and helped the County understand how well placed youth are in engaging in local governance.”

Team Member

Nyali Research Initiative

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.

Mombasa County Government

The Mombasa County government has been instrumental in enabling the campaigns to be as effective as possible, providing Young Cities valuable insights into the issues facing coastal Kenya, and providing youth opportunities for close collaboration in improving youth-city relations.

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Human Rights Agenda (HURIA)

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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