WATOTO WEMA VISIT - 6TH APRIL

On the Sunday of 6th April a good number of our members visited Watoto Wema children’s home in Ruai. This is an initiative that is usually coordinated by the Reach Out Program (ROP) of AYICC-K. ROP is a commitment to support the Watoto Wema Centre, an orphanage with over 56 children (35 of them are boarders) through visits, donations and mentorship.

AYICC - KENYA RAISES ITS VOICE DURING WED 2014 (WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL DAY) - "RAISE YOUR VOICE, NOT THE SEA LEVEL"

The world today is facing climatic challenges and the global south is at a higher risk of global warming. The sea water levels are rising and some of the people living in the coast lines will be forced to shift and change their way of life.

TUNZA GLOBAL YOUTH GATHERING - A PRE UNITED NATION ENVIRONMENTAL ASSEMBLY

The environment has become fundamental in development and the world is meeting again at the United Nation Office in Nairobi for an environmental assembly. The assembly is the part of the Rio+20 outcomes.

November 30, 2017

PRE-AU-EU YOUTH SUMMIT FOR VIHIGA COUNTY

VENUE:  BLUE STAR HOTEL
DATE:     7TH NOVEMBER 2017
EVENT:   PRE-AU-EU YOUTH SUMMIT FOR VIHIGA COUNTY

The aggression among the Vihiga youth was just what the AYP-AYICC team needed to jumpstart the youth consultations in the country. It could be agreed from the high turnout of energetic youth that Vihiga was a great choice. Since tit for tat is a fair game it was only fair that the team give the mic to the virulent Mr. Evans Gichaga who stirred up the conversation on how this group of young people could work together to create the much-needed change in their own society. His catalytic skills got the youth deliberating how they could tap into innovation and creativity for their own financial benefit and means to instigate change in the society.
After this briefing discussion to keep the audience at par with why they were here, it was only protocol that the team explained who they were and why they had come to talk about the matter at hand. And who better else to do so than the fierce Gladys Njeri. Fierce because it takes courage to be a woman in a room filled with major guys and still be able to boldly deliver to such an audience without fear nor intimidation. Talk about the gender agenda!  When she talked about the achievements of AYICC and AYP one would compare her with the former First lady of the United States Mitchel Obama. Who would deny this as we were just in the neighborhood of the homeland of the former president of the USA Barack Obama. This was not even the best part. When She went go ahead to explain the goals and targets that AYP and AYICC had in relation to their past achievements one would think that the blueprints of these organizations were written in her head. Talk about focus! Talk about ambition! Talk about a woman without limits!
In as much as we hated to see her leave we had to shift our attention from the girl child to the boy child and this would see a powerful team of panelist march in. the team consisted of  Mr. Patrick Adaka,  Mr. Clifford Okwany, Mr. Evans Gichaga and Mr. Silas Lungorane.
First on the floor was the vibrant Mr. Adaka who would take the lead when it came matters of unemployment. He went ahead to give his touching story of how after school he was not lucky to find a job but he ended up volunteering with an NGO from which he learned how to interact with people from different walks of life and also contributed to his personal growth. This was with the intention of shifting the minds of young people from becoming job seekers and job hunting to focusing on how they could grow as young peoples and be creative enough to create for themselves employment. His session could not come to an end before he urged the young people who were present to say no to the intergenerational disease of corruption.
 Mr. Lungorane was next on stage to help the young people deliberate on the issue of education and skill development seeing that it went hand in hand with the previously addressed topic of unemployment. He emphasized on the need for economic empowerment through gender mainstreaming and civic education putting into consideration that it is only a community that is equipped with the right education and with full participation of all members of the society irrespective of gender that stood the chance of reaching its uttermost limits. He would go ahead to encourage the youths of Vihiga to make use of the already existing SACCOs and come up with new ones as a way of bettering themselves especially in the line of agriculture and conservation of the environment.
The mic had to be passed down to the academician among the panelist who happened to be a lecturer at Rongo University, the University of Nairobi and a consultant at the Catholic University. Who else rather than the one Mr. Okwany who would take the youths back to his political science class and help them deliberate on the issue of peace and security. Among the key points, he managed to bring out was the need for youth involvement in the budget-making to ensure that they do not feel left out and also to ensure that during times of unrest they felt part and parcel of the investments made in the area, therefore, resist the urge to destroy such property. The youths were urged to know how to manage themselves financially in case they get a big break so that they try to at least secure their future.  This is because it was deliberated that lack of financial well-being could be a contributor to lack of peace in the country. The youths were urged to get the relevant important information that they could use for their personal and economic growth.
Of course, the panel discussion could not come to an end before the youth had a chance to deliberate on political issues that affect them such as governance and democratic inclusion. It was only vital that we save the best for last seeing that the country had just come from a general election and this was one of the areas in the country with a bone of contention when it came to matters of democratic inclusion. Who better else to help the youths slay this dragon than the one and only Mr. Gichaga who put forward the need to set up functioning institutions and the need for policy implementation. It was agreed that there was the need for youth participation and contribution in the CIDPs if the county was to realize his dream and if the dream of devolution were to become a reality. It was put forth that this was not a one-man job and all relevant stakeholders including children had to be part and parcel of this boat.
The Vihiga youth had been given a lot to swallow and it was only in the place that the team put them in groups with each other in order to ponder more on what they had been given and come up with brainstorming ideas on the way forward. Talk about intense! This exercise would be bear fruits as by the time the audience got back to the main session, they had given the team quite a lot to take to Abidjan. It was clear, the youth knew what they wanted to be discussed at Abidjan. 

Let the team know your opinions on this issue on twitter #investinyouth254 @AYPKenya @ayicckenya @350_kenya @AUEUsummit.

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Written and compiled by Dolphine Magero and Paul Mutuku


PRE- AU-EU YOUTH SUMMIT NAIROBI COUNTY

VENUE:    YMCA CONFERENCE HALL.
DATE:       10TH NOVEMBER 2017.
EVENT:     PRE- AU-EU YOUTH SUMMIT NAIROBI COUNTY.
From the county near the great Lake Victoria to the county in the Indian Ocean now we were in the city under the sun, Nairobi. It would seem like the morning showers would go ahead to threaten all the plans laid down by the AYP-AYICC team, but this would not be so. This was due to the uniqueness of the day and the group of people. Today we would prove the notion wrong or right that the best of the best dwelled in this city, whether or not this was true, the two previous counties had given us something to remember and we had seen it all what more could Nairobi bring.
True to its praises this county was one of a kind. Despite the morning downpours, there were exceptional young people who arrived an hour before time and volunteered to help the team set up the venue. Talk of punctuality. This gave the team hope that despite the cold the sun would surely shine again. It would not be long till the charismatic Mr. Kevin Adipo would arrive and take up the job as the captain of this ship for the day. Maybe it was his charisma or it was his charm that brought with it a tone of luck that would bring in more youths streaming in.  The audience was unique on its own, ranging from masters students like Ivy to farmers to models all ready to rattle their brains on issues that were of concern to them. Each and every one of them with a unique background and a different story to tell. Talk of diversity.
It would not be long until the smooth-talking mc, Mr.  Adipo would give the rightfully earned recognition to a unique personality in the audience who happened to be a presidential candidate in the just concluded repeat elections, one Mr. Muthiora Kariara . Talk about dreams and ambitions I tell you! The mc would then welcome the panelist of the day which would consist of the one Mr. Clifford Okwany who happened to be an academician in various universities. To think that lecturers were on strike, he seemed to be resisting the strike and came up to talk about Peace and security. The second panelist was the very multi-talented Mr. Prince Papa who would tackle the issue of arts, sports, and culture. Talk or royalty! You would be shocked at how much this person was capable of doing.  The third panelist was the one and only John Henry who happened to be affiliated with African Nazarene University. One could never guess the touching story of this one who would talk about education and skill development for the day. The fourth panelist was the dreamer, one Mr. Adipo who earned the right to talk about employment and job creation.  To think that he was just good at lighting up the audience and cracking jokes, who would think that out mc would be part of the panelist to talk about employment and job creation. That was a twist none saw coming. I would be lying if I said I didn’t intentionally save the best for last. But the gender agenda issue can never be forgotten. Our final panelist was the very youth, very capable Ms. Wendy Messi who would slay the dragon of Climate change for the day. Talk about women empowerment! The moderator for the day would be none other than Mr. Isaac Oindo.
Without wasting a dime we would jump right back into class with lecturer Okwany taking the audience through the topic of governance. It would be brought to the attention of the class/audience that a lot of funds were being poured into the issue of peace and security that needed to be tapped into by the youths. It would also be brought to the attention of the young people that they needed to tap into the “nyumba kumi” initiative which was set up strategically for the youth.  Mr. Okwany would redefine the definition of peace and security and anyone who was there would agree that this class was not one that you would like to miss.
In as much as we would love to continue with the clas, we had to give a chance to the only politician in the house who would remind the audience on why it is important to not just vote but to ensure they vote for the right people to positions of power. The audience would be encouraged to vote for the people-oriented leaders who would put the people’s interest first and not their own selfish interest let alone vote in people who behave unethically before the rest of the country. The youth would also be encouraged to take up initiative on matters of governance and take advantage of the existing opportunities in the political arena meant for them and not let 65year olds take up what is theirs. The youths would be encouraged to act as watchdogs so as to ensure that everyone in their society does what they ought to do.
The artists would then be given room as the multi-talented Prince Papa would stand and give a different definition of arts and culture. According to him, culture was something one does consistently and could be developed over time contrary to the indigenous knowledge and link of culture to our ethnic backgrounds.  He would not forget to mention that the talents under the umbrella of arts was likely to be the next green pasture and youths needed to really look into it if for employment opportunities. It was brought to light that the sports sector in the country was slowly but surely being killed by the high level of corruption in the country in addition to the issue of drug and substance abuse. The audience was urged to find their passion, something they were good at and enjoyed doing and invest in it as much as they could.
The audience would get to see a different side of the mc who happened to talk about employment and job creation. It was a touching story of how he quit his well-paying office job to go pursue his career as a mc. He brought to light the fact that youths feared the challenges that laid ahead in taking such as huge step such as societal stigmatization which quelled most of the youths to give up on their dreams. The youths were reminded that they would disappear or become irrelevant because they more often than not had the tendency to fit in and become like the rest forgetting their uniqueness and that they had to offer unique things to the world. The youths were encouraged to stop chasing money and employment and to start chasing their passions and talents.
The only female panelist Ms. Messi would go ahead and encourage the youth to take up personal initiative on issues pertaining to climate change and not wait for institutions such as the Kenya forest service to do it for them. It was made clear that the issue of climate change had to be further devolved down from the county level to the constituency level so that youths could do somethings like plant tress as the constituency level. It was deliberated that the youths needed not wait for tree planting initiatives from big institutions to make a change in the environment but they could do the little they could at their own capacities in a bid to try and curb the menace of climate change.
The final panelist was Mr. John henry who would remind the audience that in as much as education was important, the relevant skills were more important than the papers they had. He reminded them that they needed to be less theoretical and more practical. He reminded them that they needed to stop focusing on passing exams and focus more on gaining beneficial skills that could earn them a source of income. He would go ahead to remind the audience that they need to stop looking for jobs and that they needed to get busy and let jobs find them. He reminded the young people that interviews were no longer held in boardrooms but were held in the field after they had proven to the potential employers that they were capable of handling the task beforehand.
It would not be a discussion until the moderator of the day would lead the group into a breakout session where they would deliberate on the crucial issue at hand. The sub-groups would be guided by each of the panelists and below is what the then breakdown session culminated in.
If you missed Nairobi then you missed out but you can join the conversation on twitter #investinyouth254 @AYPKenya @ayicckenya @350_kenya and let us know your thoughts as a youth.
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Written and compiled by Dolphine Magero and Paul Mutuku



PRE-AU-EU YOUTH SUMMIT FOR MOMBASA COUNTY

VENUE:   CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP CHURCH.
DATE:      8TH NOVEMBER 2017.

EVENT:   PRE-AU-EU YOUTH SUMMIT FOR MOMBASA COUNTY

The AYICC-AYP team arrived in Mombasa ready to vehemently engage the young minds of Mombasa on matters that were most important to them. This great expectation could be due to the fact that enthusiastic youth in Vihiga had given the team a run for their money. The team encountered a quite unexpected audience ready to engage in mind-boggling discussions. It was a disappointment to find that some of our equipment got shy of the audience and refused to function out of the blues or maybe it was the hot temperatures. But this would not deter the team from achieving its objective neither were they going to let it intimidate them.
Despite the initial low turnout we held on to the boat of hope as one Mr. Isaac Oindo gave an insightful presentation on what our organization was all about and what we had come to engage them in and why was it important for us to engage them in the activity. Maybe it was because the presenter was so good or maybe we could attribute it to the fact that the gospel of youth invested had not yet fully been embraced in the area, therefore, getting them more curious about the whole event. The questions could not just stop coming which was a sign that the team had managed to really connect with the audience who were receptive to the dose we had given them. Before Mr. Oindo could put the mic down more young people kept streaming in, probably their allies who had earlier arrived had informed them of the good news the team had brought to them and therefore thought it was wise for them to share with them. This was a sign of great things to come.
Mark Arango would then take the ball to hos court and take the audience through a quenching discussion on how they could tap into art, culture and sports for their benefit. Mr. Arango brought to light the deeper meaning of art, culture, and sports and made everyone in the room question their initial definition of these three simple but crucial words. From this, it was clear that youth would take initiative and tap into their talents as a source of an alternative option. It was brought to light that there was need to invest into youth in terms of sports, arts and culture despite the already existing structures. The youth agreed that the government, under the ministry of education would admit students into high schools in counties that were not their mother counties or that were not in their area of ethical home. This they said would be in a bid to curb the menace of ethnicity and tribalism starting from changing the minds of the younger generations.
In as much as we all wished we could continue the discussion on arts culture and sports but we had to cut it short as time was not going to wait for any man, not even us. The mic was then handed over to Ms.Dolphine Magero who would engage the psyched up youth on matters of Climate Change. Maybe it was the shock of how young she was or maybe her gender but one thing was undeniable, the amount of content she exuded on climate change one would think that she was UNFCCC’s Ms. Espinosa leading the ongoing COP23 in Bonn, Germany. The youths developed great curiosity and started to ask the right questions like what they could do to help in this era of climate change. This was an indicator of untapped potential and energy that needed to be directed to positive actions that would have an impact on the society. The moderator of the day, Mr. Paul Mutuku had to intervene before the speaker turned the whole session all about Climate Change but one thing was made clear that there was a need for an AYICC-Mombasa chapter in a bid to empower these youths.
To take the audience from Bonn, back to Mombasa the mic had to be given back to Mr. Oindo, who gave an insightful briefing on matters of Governance and Democracy. He would go ahead to encourage the youths of this county to think clearly before taking actions or orders blindly from their political leaders. He would also go ahead to enlighten them on the need for youths to take up leadership positions in their capacity and not let cases such as the 65year old woman in Nyeri who took up a youth position repeat itself ever again. The youth would go ahead to agree that it was not enough for them just to vote for the right people but it was the time that they stood up and vie for positions of leadership in a bid to keep bad leaders away.
The panelist could not be complete without the charismatic Mr. Wentland who took the group through the hot topic of Education and skill development. The topic was crucial and relevant to the audience mainly consisted of University students who happened to be unhappy that they were out of school due to the lecturer’s strike. It was made clear that the youth needed to be involved in policy formation at their institutions and not make policies for them which most of the time they were uncomfortable with. The youth did not forget to mention that they felt the 844 system was feeding them with irrelevant, outdated not to mention non-practical information that was not of benefit to them. The audience could not agree more that the system might have been relevant to the previous generation but had become almost irrelevant in their generation and would become obsolete in the coming generation.
The audience could not seem to get enough of Mr. Arango or maybe it was killing two birds with one stone. It was only but relevant seeing that he had encouraged the young people on tapping into their talents that he be the one to tackle the jargon on Employment and job creation. He encouraged the youth on the need to come up with ideas by themselves on how they could earn an income as opposed to waiting to be employed. He would make it clear that in the ever-changing environment the normal jobs were becoming more and more obsolete especially with the threat of computers taking up a lot of jobs. He encouraged the youths to identify gaps in the society and use that as an opportunity to try fill in those gaps so that they could create employment for themselves. This would be a way for them to become self-reliant.
And finally, the panel discussion would not end without reminding the audience of the first speaker who happened to be given the mic to talk about the matters of peace and security. Given that the country had just come from repeat elections it was only fair that we discuss how to live peacefully with each other as a country. Mr. Oindo would go ahead and point out that lack of employment could be a reason for lack of peace and insecurity in the country. The audience would them suggest that property destruction could be as a result of lack of empathy among the youth for other people’s business given that they do not own any business, therefore, they may not feel bad when they destroy other’s businesses given that they don’t know the number of investments and the risks involved in business. It would boil down again to the issue of justice and fairness in the society that had to be addressed for people to be happy with each other. Political influence would also come up as a reason for lack of peace and security in the country.
Mr. Mutuku would at the end of the panel session take the group through a breakout session, with each group led by one of the panelists of the day, around the six topics and what it is that they wanted to be presented at the upcoming AU-EU summit in Abidjan. Below are the identified gaps, their corresponding recommendations, and the responsible groups to run with the actualization of these recommendations:

Group 1-Education and Skills Development
GapsRecommendationsResponsible
Inadequate skills oriented/ talent building education systemsEmbark on more skills building and talents from early ages other than theories in schools.government
Low motivation on entrepreneurship spiritCarry out campaigns and educative/ enlightening seminars about importance of being an entrepreneur as opposed to waiting for employmentParents, teachers, society
External/ international exposuresEncourage/ invest/ plan to expose youths globally from high school e.g exchange programs among universities globallyParents, government institutions
Gender disparities in educationEliminate it and ensure equal education levels and chances to both genders.Learning institutions
Group 2- Art, culture, and sport
GapsRecommendationsResponsible
Ineffective resource centersBuilding and improving service delivery on resource centers
Improving more mentorship programsGovernment
Poor leadershipNeutral mediators
Strict laws and adherence
fair distribution of resourcesGovernment
Identity crisisNurture our own identity through creative e.g Kenya hoodYouths, ministries of youths and sports, arts in government
Zero Curriculum to support artAccommodate and integrate curriculumEducation ministry, schools,
Poor mentorship and inadequate motivationDevelop a practical model for inspiring youths and encouraging them to achieve moreGovernment, civil societies, learning institutions, NGOs
Group 3- Employment and Job creation
GapsRecommendationsResponsible
Non-inclusive educationTrain/ education youths about job creation through seminarsCounty governments/ ministry of education, investors
Funds are not easily accessible to the youth. Increased corruption & embezzlement of fundsFair allocation of funds; remove unnecessary demands
Ensure accountability & transparent among officialsLine officers, county government, youths
Kenyans are job seekers as opposed to job creatorsInclude entrepreneurial courses/ units in the education sector. It should be integral to the learning processMinistry of education
Gender biases/ discriminationEnforce implementation of work ethicsWorkers unions
Age limitations; not many youths are able to access such jobsCreate more youth groups to encourage them to attend youth empowerment programs.
Incorporation of learning institutions to create these groups.Learning institutions, organizations
Group 4- Governance & Democratic inclusion
GapsRecommendationsResponsibility
Mentorship programsGovernment to come up with a job employment policyYouths, government
Inadequate exposureYouth funds to be available students finishing their higher educationCounty government
Limited experienceyouth leaders, parliamentarians
Short internships
Manipulation
Blame game
Group 5- peace and Security
GapsRecommendationsResponsible
influence from politicians peersPolitical educationMinistry of education
Economic insecurity/ limited employment opportunitiesEncourage innovation/ employment opportunitiesCounty governments, youths, organizations
tribalismEducation on tribalism, interaction, intermarriagesYouths, society, government
Social injusticesStrengthen legal framework to avoid bribesYouths, government`s judicial systems, police
Youth democratic inclusionInvolve youth in policy making county youth forumsInternal security, government`s legislature, learning institutions
Drugs and substance abuseEducation on drug abuse & have a strict government on drug peddlersCounty government
Group 6-Climate Change & Environment
GapsRecommendationsResponsible
Over-populationCreate more awareness on family planning and sustainable livingMinistry of health, youths, learning institutions,
Pollution-exhaust fumes, farm chemicals, polythene bagsSupport clean-up programs, innovate on clean energy systems, sanitation programs
Creating green parks, green spacesNEMA, Kenya forest service, Youths
Forest degradation; deforestationParticipation in Afforestation and a rewards mechanismYouths, government, Kenya Forest service


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Report written and compiled by Ms. Dolphine Magero and Mr. Paul  Mutuku


October 31, 2017

Why The Future is Investing in Youth

#InvestingInYouthKE

Studies have shown that Africa seems to be experiencing something called a demographic bonus which simply means that it seems to have more young people than old people.
The predictions also seem to indicate that by 2020 three out of every four Africans will be the age of 20years. This is proof that youth are indeed the future of Africa.
 It is for this reason that European Union is seeking partnership with the AU in order to try and secure the future of the youth who are the incoming leaders of Africa.
This partnership will seek to inquire what is it that is important to the African youth or what it is that they would like to see changed in terms of Climate change and Environment, Education and Development skills, Peace and Security, Governance, Culture sports and arts, and finally employment or job creation.
It is by dissecting these aspects of the day to day life that this partnership hopes to be able to draw a roadmap on how youth can be better represented at the table when it comes to issues that affect them and the issues pertaining to their future as Africans.
It is also through these aspects that this initiative hopes to start to mould a better world that is more youth-friendly in a bid to take care of the youth agenda.
The initiative will take three trips to different parts of the country which it believes is a representative of the rest of the country so as to get the opinion of the youth on the ground on what exactly it is that they want to be done and how best do they suggest they be done so as to ensure that they are not left out.
The counties to be visited are Vihiga, Mombasa and Nairobi county. Nairobi county becomes strategic as it happens to be a metropolitan city consisting of the great diversity of youth in terms of tribe, background, and levels of education.
Mombasa county becomes critical as it would be wrong to assume that the youth agenda in this place is similar to the rest of the country given that it is an island therefore even their challenges and opportunities may tend to differ from the rest of the country.
Vihiga becomes vital for this research as studies estimate that the area has the fastest population growth rate in the country. The three visits will be in preparation for the upcoming AU-EU summit which is to be held from the 29th to the 30th of November in Abidjan Cote d' Ivoire.
The reports from the counties are to be submitted then and follow up blog articles will be posted after completion of each visit.

More Information Coming Soon...

September 23, 2017

Trump Pulling Out of Climate Finance and What it Means for Kenya



It was not until the last five years that the menace of climate change sunk deep into the brains of Kenyans. It was not until late last year that Kenya started to put into use the climate finance funding that was being distributed by the likes of World Bank and the Organization for Economic Co-operative and Development (OECD).
President Trump. Courtesy


For a developing country, we would expect a 100% turnout and aggressiveness for the climate finance money but only a shocking 29% of Kenya's institutions claimed that money: taking a large chunk of the percentage was Makueni County.
 If we isolate the county from other counties we find great disparity that we may say pushed the county to run for this money. Makueni seems to be a county that has experienced hardship in terms of rainfall availability and as a result they had to adapt to their low levels of rainfall conditions therefore ceasing the once in a lifetime opportunity to better their lives. 
Rural folk fetching water at a water pan in Kenya
 Truly necessity is the mother of invention. This stands for community drivenness as United Nations Environment (UNEP) Africa Regional Climate Change Programme Coordinator Dr. Richard Munag would put it. But something else also seems to stand out with this county. The governor of this county Kivutha Kibwana upto 2017 was an environmentalist by profession and so we may formulate our theories as what gave this county an upper hand when it came to access of climate fund.
That brings me to wonder what the other 46 counties are doing in terms of climate finance. Is it because they face little to zero hardships that they fail to see the need to grab the opportunity at hand to better themselves or should we place the blame on their leader's lack of environmental enthusiasm? I tend to think areas such as Makueni tend to be better activists of the environment compared to the rest of the country.
When trump suggested pulling out of the climate change agreement, what was Kenya's reaction as a country? What do we stand to gain or lose if the most powerful man on the planet pulls out? While at the national level it becomes close to impossible to do much as devolution has channeled power back to the people at the county level. 
US President Donald Trump
US President Donald Trump
 Are we driven enough as a people to exploit the manna of climate finance at our disposal? Are our leaders at the county level ready to lead us to the right path of climate change mitigation and adaptation? If indeed the idea of climate change has sunk in, will we as a third world country not be contradicting ourselves when we venture into the much protested coal mining in Lamu
Are we any much different from Trump, seeing that we receive climate finance fund with one hand and on the other hand go back home to carry out plans that contradict efforts to mitigate climate change. Are we in support of Trump? Are we going one step forward and two steps backward? Are we fighting for nature?

Forget Lamu for a minute, what about our lake Turkana which happens to be the largest desert lake in the world? By allowing the Ethiopian government to build a dam, are we not killing the sources of livelihoods for 300000 people? If not they why are we not taking the climate finance fund and investing in renewable sources of energy. Then we might as well a have no right to complain when Trump threatens to pull out of the climate change act. Are we turning our backs away from nature? 


Climate change is not just a national agenda but it is an agenda for both you and I.

Climate change is not just a national agenda but it is an agenda for both you and I. We need to stand for nature. As we forge towards nonrenewable sources of energy we risk more damage to our environment. Yes there may be climate finance fund but what happens to Kenya as a country when trump decides to actually pull the plug? We not only face the risk of losing one of the biggest financiers of climate finance but also face the risk of losing other financiers of climate funds. 

Therefore, this may create a shortage for climate finance which means it will not be accessible to all countries. Climate finance will be like jobs in Kenya, rare and hard to come by. Strict guidelines may be imposed before a country actually gets the funding. With our current wave of activities on the country we may fail to qualify for this fund leaving us with no money for climate finance and a degrading environment that we may not be able to bounce back from. 
Trump pulling out of climate change agreement is like making funeral arrangements, and Kenya investing in non-renewable energy sources is like Kenya digging its own grave.

What is The Solution?   
Mine is simple. It seems there is a gap between those who know and those who do not know. In as much as there is hype and has always been hype about going to the conference of parties (I am not against going to COPs) but I feel that in as much as the countries might put out targets to achieve, it might be a bit more realistic to go it the other way round. Yes at the COPs we will have targets, but how sure are we that those particular countries will achieve them. The issue of Trump pulling out could be a wakeup call for the so called rest of the world, Kenya included to COPtisize (COP+ customize) the country.
Instead of having to wait a whole twelve months to go make promises that you may or may not fulfil why not go to the respective counties and hold the COPs meetings there. Get the common man on the ground involved in the COPs. Show them how their activities through the C-ROADS software which strives to calculate to what degree our efforts to mitigate climate change can be able to reduce the global temperatures to two degrees and below by the year 2100. This becomes vital as scientist seem to have proof that any rise of temperatures by even 0.5 degrees can be detrimental. This could lead to our cities submerged in water like the recent case of Miami.
  My solution is to take the issue back to the people at the grassroot level and letting them find a solution rather than getting the climate finance money and expecting them to come up with projects which tend to scare some of them as they perceive such things to be done by scholars while most of them aren't. This in my opinion is the way that the rest of the counties in Kenya can become at par with Makueni county which has done outstanding job when it comes to climate finance. It is because we cannot have every county governor who is well knowledgeable in climate finance issues. We need to customize climate change mitigation to fit the people instead of customizing the people to fit into climate change mitigation.
Boys fetching water at a water pump in Kenya

In does not have to stop there. We could then proceed to hold continental meetings so that Africa can have a better bargaining power when it goes before the rest of the world. We could have like three meetings before we arrive at the COPs to present our issues.

The Article was Submitted by: 

Dolphine Magero

Undergraduate Student: Bachelor of Science (Environmental Conservation and Natural Resources Management) 

University of Nairobi  

Email: dolphinedrey@gmail.com