n Commonwealth Youth and Development - Cross-sectoral youth-agency for development in Kenya




Focus on Youth as a demographic category and development instrument became significantly appreciated on Kenya's socio-economic and socio-political scenes in the late 1990s and 2000s thus becoming significant indices in the two paradigms and beyond. The Ministry of State for Youth Affairs was established in 2005 and took on the component of Sports from the Ministry of Gender, Sports, Culture and Social Services to make up the Ministry of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (MOYAS) in 2008. As a result, several initiatives, governmental and non-governmental, have emerged working towards policy-development and related interpretation and implementation strategies. Action-oriented-initiatives and funding strategies whose goal is to attend to youth issues in a variety of ways have been engaged in the process.

This article discusses the aspect of Youth Agency in/and (for) development in Kenya with a focus on two case studies within the context of the Government's vision and goals for attending to the Youth agenda. is a group driven by youth; while The is driven by a group of University Professionals targeting young and adult participants for holistic impact. Best practices and benchmarks of the two cases are shared. Transformative and participatory theories guide the study while participatory, survey, interview, observation and document analysis methodologies are applied.


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