Devolution and Local Accountability

Devolution and Local Accountability program promotes governance and citizen engagement at the local level, fostering transparency and empowerment within communities.

Fuatilia Ahadi

The program aims to create a democratic monitoring mechanism to evaluate and report on the government’s manifesto progress, using data-driven insights to inform policy and legislative decisions for better governance; in line with these, the program developed a tracking tool and trained county-based youth organizations on tracking budget processes, improving their understanding of issue identification and advocacy strategy development.

Additionally, the program initiated a mentorship program for six county-based youth organizations, including Ajenda Kenya (Mombasa), Girls to Women (Kakamega), Tilil Environmental Group (Kericho), and Mukuru Social Justice Center (Nairobi). The mentorship aimed to assist these county-based youth organizations in enhancing their structures, ensure effective implementation tracking, raise public awareness, and hold the government accountable for its promises.


Imara Africa is a one year leadership program being implemented in partnership between Siasa Place, Africa Youth Leadership Forum, and Mark Appeal. The program brings together young people from across the country, with the aim of imparting the necessary knowledge and skills required in public service as ‘service’. By the end of the program, these young leaders will champion the culture of meaningful public participation and responsive National and County Governments. First cohort has 24 youth trained in policy.

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Defend Record Yako is a pilot project seeking to promote collaboration between youth and the county government of Kericho in planning and execution of development plans within the respective wards. The project will be implemented within The County government of Kericho between January 2020 and December 2020 and targeting organized youth groups and Members of the County Assembly.

The project is expected to capacity-build youth leaders on tools and methods through which they can better organize around public participation in governance to build a better working relationship with the leaders hence creating an enabling environment for effective engagement between youth and County leaders.


This program seeks to improve youth participation in the country with a focus in Nairobi, Kitui, Lamu, Kericho, Busia and Homa bay County. It intends to ensure that young people become part and parcel of the governance process. It will involve training community youth leaders, student leaders, social administrators and political party youth leagues as to how they can use their different platforms to increase youth participation in the 6 counties.

It was also create different platforms for engagement between the youth and leaders in the countries such as community barazas, people dialogue forums both at the county and National level. The program will also help to identify governance concerns ammong young people and create a committee known as office of the citizen to follow up. Additionally it will support social media engagements on all the 6 counties on matters of governance.

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