The Fursa in Democracy challenge is a National Youth Council (NYC) initiative aimed at increasing youth participation and role in democratic election processes. This stems from recognizing the role of youth in social and economic development, as well as self-government, through active participation in youth policy formulation that ensures inclusivity.
This challenge provides a platform for on-demand training, mentorship, partnership, and connections to Kenyan youth.
NYC has actively and successfully developed two county youth policies, for Tana River and Busia counties, in its capacity as the entity tasked with advocating for the rights and opportunities of youth to associate, be represented, and participate in the political, social, economic, and other spheres of life.
The first round of the Fursa in Democracy challenge in NYC concentrated on engaging young people through virtual sessions on Zoom and Vybez Radio, where various experts were interviewed on chosen topics geared toward young people. We were able to create an atmosphere where the young (50 per county) actively engaged with stakeholders, including KIPPRA and the Council of Governors (Professionals and policy experts), in the design and development of the draft county youth policies through these channels. With the assistance of motivated youth in the counties, this resulted in the rough drafts of 17 county youth policies, which were completed during the 8-week engagement. Nairobi, Nyamira, Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, Taita Taveta, Embu, Makueni, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Uasin Gishu, Baringo, Kakamega, Nandi and Bungoma.