This week we feature USAID Kenya as Mission of the Week. USAID Kenya’s “Yes Youth Can” program is a youth-owned, youth-led, and youth-managed effort to empower Kenya’s young people to create a greater voice in their communities and government. Created in response to the 2007/08 post-election violence, Yes Youth Can works to combat some of the causes of conflict, including feelings of alienation and lost of trust in elected leaders. In the last 15 months, Yes Youth Can has mobilized over one million youth to join “bunges” or informal parliaments, which plan peace-building activities, promote democracy and governance, and inspire the next generation of Kenya’s leaders.
Read more about the Kenyan bunges in a past FrontLines article.