Improving Youth Civic Engagement in Jomvu
Evidence-driven workshops on civic engagement help unemployed young people in Jomvu sub-county to better understand public participation processes.
Through their research, team Alpha Omega identified that one of the reasons why young people were not engaging in the civic space was that they felt that their interests were unrepresented.
They wanted to understand in more detail why young people did not feel heard nor that they could contribute to local policy agendas.
They conducted research into youth perception of and understanding of public participatory processes, and followed up with a series of workshops to raise awareness among young people from the sub-County.
A First Step Toward Youth Public Participation
The team conducted a survey involving 120 young people from across the sub-county, which gauged the level and accessibility of information related to public participation, and the challenges related to youth engagement.
The research found that 51% of youth respondents did not feel their opinions mattered to in county-level policymaking and 70% could not accurately identify the political functions of the Mombasa County government post-Devolution.
In the resulting report the team recommended improving civic education programmes available to young people.
As such, the team led three workshops involving a total of 60 young people from across the sub-county which resulted in a 100% increase in knowledge among participants of public participation processes.
You can download the full research report here.
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