National Youth Empowerment Strategic Plan 2016-2021
This is the policy blue print that will guide the implementation of policies, activities, projects and programmes towards youth empowerment in Kenya. The strategy strives to integrate and Mainstream youth interventions in sectoral and macro policies at county and national levels; provide strategic direction and a framework for coordinating and leveraging investments targeted at youth empowerment. The strategy is centred on eight key Focus Areas namely:
1) Policy and Legal Framework
The government in collaboration with county governments and stakeholders shall develop, review and implement relevant policies and regulatory frameworks to ensure smooth and efficient participatory approach in youth programs and activities.
2) Leadership and Participation
Effective and inclusive engagement of youth in development issues will be promoted at all levels through leadership capacity development and enactment of law on youth affirmative action.
3) Skills Development and Employment
The Government in collaboration with the private sector and other stakeholders shall create an enabling environment for creation of employment opportunities and create frameworks that enhance and sustain linkage between labour demand and supply, promote culture of entrepreneurship to develop and sustain youth labour that is market relevant and ready while taking advantage of the emerging sectors and improve social services, infrastructure, and promote rural development to motivate youth to settle in rural areas.
4) Talent Identification and Development
There shall be mechanisms to promote talent identification development and management among the youth, in addition the government and stakeholders shall ensure creation of infrastructure, promotion, coordination and protection of youth’s creativity innovations and talents.
5) Information Communication and Technology Development
The Government, through the ICT Authority, seeks to steer the march towards the digital future that will transform the country to a regional technical hub, raise the country’s competitiveness and align the country in line with Vision 2030’s ICT goals.
6) Agriculture, Environmental Management and Sustainable Development
The government aims to make agriculture attractive and tap the creativity and energy of youth in agriculture for a food secure nation and sustainable development by promoting the use of green processes and technologies. Conducive environment shall also be provided for youth to be involved in agriculture
7) Health, Crime and Security, Drug and Substance Abuse
The Ministry shall collaborate with stakeholders to develop appropriate programmes to mitigate against HIV/AIDS, Drug and Substance Abuse and other health concerns of youth. Establishment of youth-friendly health services at all levels shall be promoted to ensureyouth inclusion.
8) Coordination, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting.
The government shall create an inter-agency implementation and coordination and framework for youth empowerment, in addition an integrated system for monitoring and evaluation youth empowerment shall be developed and implement.