Event: Science-Policy Café on Rights, Governance, & Youth Empowerment in Kenya

Join African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) this Saturday (20 Jan 2017) at @Pawa254 for a science-policy café on Rights, Governance and Youth Empowerment in Kenya. For more information on the event & tickets, click this link: bit.ly/2DErhl0


The United Nations Population Division estimates that children and young people below the age of 35 constitute an estimated 77% of Kenya’s total population that isfast inching towards 50 million. This means that the country’s policy decisions should be geared towards meeting the needs of this large youthful population, including investments in critical areas of human capital development such as education and skills development as well as health.

Join us for this science-policy café and be part of the conversation on how the youth in Kenya can be active participants and drivers of change in governance to achieve Kenya’s development goals.


The science-policy café is a model that allows deliberation of development issues in the context of the evidence available and the policy framework. This café shall deliberate key issues on the potential of Kenya’s youth through participation in governance. The format is having a panel that leads the discussion with participation from the audience for each issue.

Specifically, we shall deliberate:

1. To what extent has the 2017 general election campaigns critically considered issues affecting youth?
2. Was evidence (research evidence and routine data) used to inform the development of party manifestos and pronouncements made at public political campaign rallies?
3. What evidence is available on the state of Kenya’s youth population?
4. How can this large youthful population drive the country towards achievement of Kenya’s Vision 2030, the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and Africa Agenda 2063?
5. What is the existing policy framework on youth participation in governance and development (A look at Vision 2030; SDGs, Africa Agenda 2063 and the Africa Union Roadmap on the Demographic Dividend?
6. What are the challenges curtailing youth participation in governance; in instances where they are participating, is there meaningful change? What are the solutions to the prevailing challenges?

Docubox screening: WHOSE STREETS?

DOCUBOX Presents: WHOSE STREETS? film screening


Docubox would like to invite you to our monthly screening on the 30th of August at PAWA254 Mageuzi Theatre, at 6:30pm. We will be screening ‘Whose Streets?’ directed by Sabaah Folayan and Co-directed by Damon Davis.

Whose Streets is a documentary film that follows activists who have taken to the streets to draw attention to the issue of police violence. This is as a result of an unarmed 18-year-old teenager called Michael Brown, who was killed by the police and left lying in the streets for hours. Brown’s killing sparked a fierce backlash and exposed fault lines in the relationship between African-American communities and the criminal justice system. Giving rise to the hashtag Black Lives Matter.

The film is relevant as our police have been seen to be heavy handed on how they have handled protestors across the country. Is there some justification for their actions? How do we address the police brutality and how do we start talking about the overdue police reforms?

Academic Seminar on Civil Resistance: Study of Nonviolent Power & Organised People

Call for applicants:

Civil Resistance: The Study of Nonviolent Power and Organised People

20 – 23 September 2016, Nairobi
Facilitated by ICNC, hosted by Hekima Peace Institute, with Pawa Initiative

Apply ASAP. Rolling admissions until filled. Space is quite limited, so applicants should state their interest and relevance clearly. Global curriculum. Full four-day participation required.

Full details at http://bit.ly/civilresistance and pasted below.

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Civic Engagement Coordinator (Pawa254)

Are you are interested in social justice and excited about working with a lean team on civic engagement programming? Do you have experience in managing civil society, ICT and media? Are you self-motivated and excited about the idea of building something meaningful?

If this sounds like you, apply for the Civic Engagement Coordinator position! Read the full JD here. Application materials should be sent to info(at)pawa254(dot)org by 5pm Thursday, 30th June 2016.

PAWA Initiative is seeking a Civic Engagement Coordinator to join a dynamic team working to increase the participation, power, voice and leadership of communities to advance social justice and social change. The Coordinator will lead a lean team of innovative professionals to realize the goals of PAWA’s Civic Engagement theme including the goals of the Action for Transparency (A4T) project. S/he will provide overall direction, oversight, management and accountability to the civic engagement theme by closely working with the Programmes team at PAWA.

The ugly version pasted below, but click here for full nice PDF.

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