Kenya

First deaf Speaker elected to East African Youth Parliament

2019-12-06T16:31:07+00:00December 3rd, 2019|Kenya, Uganda, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

Written by Angella Kemirembe and Prosper Mubangizi “Being a Speaker of the East African Youth Parliament means that I am a leader who is more than a dreamer. Just like any other leader, I must act on my people’s ideas and influence them to carry their vision of achieving a common goal” – Ashura Michael, [...]

East African young people: claiming their positions as leaders

2019-11-25T17:18:27+00:00November 25th, 2019|Kenya, Sub-Saharan Africa, Uganda, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

“Gatherings like the YouLead summit are great as they give youth a platform to learn from those who have the experience and each other, but youth should not wait for things to be done for them: If they want to have a place in governance, they have the numbers, and if they want to change [...]

International Day of Democracy 2019

2019-10-24T10:28:32+00:00September 15th, 2019|Democracy and Governance, Global Programmes, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Uganda|

September 15 2019 is International Day of Democracy, a day to step back and think about the state of democracy in the world, celebrate democratic achievements worldwide and consider how we can all stand up for democracy. In our 33 offices across the globe, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is marking the day [...]

Young people should be better represented, Kenyan activist tells UK Parliament

2019-07-08T15:23:34+00:00July 8th, 2019|CP4D, Democracy in the World (APPG), Kenya, Uganda, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

The average age of the Kenyan population is 19 years; in Uganda it’s just under 16 years. Yet young people in East Africa are severely underrepresented in politics. This is an issue which has inspired David Momanyi, an experienced youth activist from Kenya who is striving to ensure that all young people can have [...]

Uganda Speaker backs cutting costs for youth entering politics

2019-05-21T13:45:31+00:00March 6th, 2019|CP4D, Kenya, Sub-Saharan Africa, Uganda, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

Over 200 participants from more than 10 countries in Africa called for increased youth participation in politics at landmark Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D) conference, hosted by the Parliament of Uganda on 4-5 March. High entry costs are a big barrier to youth participation and the Speaker of Uganda, Rebecca Kadega, committed to asking parliament to [...]

WFD’s commitment to disability

2018-09-04T15:29:31+00:00July 31st, 2018|CP4D, Kenya, Mozambique, Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership, Sierra Leone|

On 24 July, participating in the first ever Global Disability Summit, WFD committed to help create more inclusive political environments that invite and support the participation and leadership of persons with disabilities. Ongoing and future WFD programmes operating across a network of over 30 developing countries will support accessible electoral processes, improved representation within [...]

Using evidence to deliver better services to the citizens of Kenya

2018-08-08T11:29:48+00:00April 26th, 2017|Kenya, Parliamentary, Sub-Saharan Africa|

Demographic data is essential for effective, responsive and evidence-based legislation. Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is supporting the Senate of Kenya develop new ways to collect county-level information which will help legislators decide where to improve public services. Kenya, which will hold a general election on 8 August, is currently going through a process of [...]