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.

June 29, 2018

FOOD SECURITY

FOOD PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION, THE VERY
BASIS OF OUR EXISTENCE.
Food security as an idea began just in the mid-1970s, in the talks of food problems during a period of global food emergency. The underlying focal point of consideration was essentially on sustenance supply issues of guaranteeing the accessibility and to some degree, the value of security of basic foodstuffs at the global and national level. That supply-side, universal and institutional arrangement of concerns mirrored the changing association of the worldwide food economy that had developed problems before the emergency talks. A procedure of stakeholder collaboration and deliberation took after, prompting the World Food Conference of 1974, and another arrangement of institutional plans covering data, assets for advancing food security and discussions for exchange on strategy issues.
Food Security is accomplished "when all individuals, consistently have physical and monetary access to satisfactory/adequate, protected and nutritious sustenance to meet their dietary needs and nourishment inclinations for a dynamic and solid life." Food security, accordingly, isn't the physical accessibility and availability of foodstuffs. Instead, it infers to the sufficient supplies of nourishment accessible through a household generation or through imports to meet the utilization needs of a nation. Food security is one of the basic human needs and is alluded to as a central marker of poverty or vulnerability and physical prosperity. From a reasonably complex definition, food security centers around the individual, family, national, provincial and worldwide levels. It is essential to understand that a family unit is said to be food secure when its tenants don't live in fear of starvation.
As part of Kenya's efforts towards the realization of Vision 2030, the government has pledged to work on specific projects among them:
§  Development of Irrigation Schemes.
§  Development of Sustainable Agricultural Policies.
§  Cost Reduction of fertilizers to make them more accessible to farmers, more so small-scale farmers.

All these are part of processes seeking to put Kenya on a roadmap to becoming food secure. With the right mix of stakeholder collaboration and implementation of agreed practices, the achievement of National Food Security as a critical objective will become a reality.

By: Innocent Deckoks

CLEAN WATER

1 BILLION OF THE TOTAL GLOBAL POPULATION HAS NO ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER

The importance of water cannot be emphasized further. The menace that has been water pollution affects and kills more human beings than any form of violence globally. This articulates the importance that water has on our lives. Sources of water that are
drinkable are only shrinking, diminishing the already 1% that is available. It is It is essential that drastic measures are taken to ensure that by 2050 when there shall be an increase of 30% of people needing freshwater, we shall have at least, catered for half that increase in demand. Studies were done on the aspect safe drinking water and the trends are worrying. For instance, most Americans have access to drinking water, but these tap sources have been determined to contain harmful pollutants such as Lead, Copper among others. This is exactly where water becomes polluted, at the point where contaminants make it unsafe for other uses, let alone human consumption. As we already know, what has always been the ‘universal solvent’ and therefore it is more susceptible to contaminants than any other liquid for that matter.
Polluted water leads to diseases that affect 1 Billion people globally every year. The poor and the vulnerable are more at risk as they are pre-disposed to various risks because of inadequate housing and the fact that they are almost always not able to access clean sanitation facilities. The lack of access to clean sanitation facilities is one of the major causes of waterborne related diseases in the Less Developed Countries, in which a large population of the urban poor live in slums. It is important to understand that groundwater, surface water, and ocean water, among others, are susceptible to pollution. Our environment is an ecosystem of interlinked living organisms that relate directly or indirectly to each other. Therefore, a pollution problem in a part of the chain risks disruption of the ecosystem.
 It is vital that we join hands to make a difference. What can I do? One may ask. There are a lot of simple, doable and achievable goals that can be embraced and shall go a long way towards meeting Sustainable Development Goal 6 and the general aspect of Sustainability. For instance, in Kenya, such steps incorporate
§  We should reduce our level of plastic use. Kenya took a drastic but candid step by the ban on plastic bags in the year 2017.
§  We should also ensure that we properly dispose of waste materials and especially so, for the non-bio-degradable ones that pose a major threat to the environment.
§  Individuals with home gardens should embrace proper landscaping to reduce runoff and, they should avoid the use of the chemicals such as pesticides.

We can ultimately make the difference by Making Our Voices Heard. Let us embrace a Clean Water Policy that shall ensure inter-generational equity regarding water quality.

By, Innocent Deckoks.

CLIMATE FINANCE

CLIMATE FINANCE.
Climate Finance has been a core element of most climate change international agreements and was incorporated in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change [1992]. Climate Finance exists in the form of the developed countries pooling resources and assisting the less developed countries in dealing with effects of climate change. The consensus after the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Summit was that these developed countries shall be releasing upwards of 100 Billion Dollars from the year 2020 going forward. For starters, it was decided there would be a release of funds of up to 30 Billion Dollars going forward. So far, the industrialized nations have managed to generate the 30 Billion Dollars needed annually. However, there is still not yet a clear path on how the 100 Billion Dollar mark shall be reached. This is undoubtedly a concern since most of these countries never follow up on aid promises unless a robust framework is put in place to ensure that the commitments are honored. In the process, there has developed reclassification of some fund types, in that there are funds that are merged as they are operational on the same front. One such kind of funds is the development aid, where most of it is used in facilitating the enjoyment of basic needs and primary development. On the other hand, climate funds meant for dealing with effects of climate change [adaptation] are also in line with meeting basic needs among others. Therefore, about this, it is essential that the world moves towards climate resilient development.
New institutional arrangements have been vital in ensuring that there are natural flows and access points to the funds. One such initiative that has been a step in the right direction has been the Green Climate Fund [G.C.F]. It has been affirmed as the primary channel through which the funds are allocated to the developing countries. With headquarters in South Korea, it seeks to facilitate proper partner collaboration of both the developed and the developing countries. This has inevitably helped to iron out issues along the way. Another fund that exists is the Adaptation Fund that also generates revenue from carbon market businesses, and the revenue is used to support adaptation and mitigation projects towards climate change. Over time, there have been deliberations that are geared towards developing other sources of climate finance to ensure that the adaptation and mitigation processes are well supported and the financial support is shielded from shocks that exist. It is also imperative that the private sector is involved and also mandated to diverse towards clean, renewable energy and make it available to consumers efficiently.
Closer home, we have had various institutional arrangements that seek to deal with the effects of climate change. Counties have begun deliberating on the aspect of climate change being mainstreamed into multiple elements of county planning. As an urban planner,  this is a significant step and can only be lauded as much. Makueni County, for instance, has been affirmed as the sole county not only in Kenya but also in Africa, to pass a Climate Change Law. The law seeks to set aside, about 1% of the county’s annual budget towards dealing with effects of climate change regarding adaptation and mitigation. It has undoubtedly set the pace for other counties especially in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands [ASALS] with counties such as Wajir and Isiolo, following suit. To be able to deal with the effects of climate change it is crucial that there is the empowerment of decentralized governments to ensure that the adaptation and mitigation processes are embraced at the local level and therefore, made more proactive. This is so because the locals are able to notice and identify the issues directly as opposed to operations through a designated planning office at the head of government. Climate Finance is as essential and as crucial a debate as Climate Change, and we should be able to develop synergies and nexus between stakeholders, agencies and partner countries to ensure that the funds are made available and are efficiently used to deal with the impacts of climate change on adaptation and mitigation bases.


By Innocent Deckoks.

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