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Democratic participation in Kenya
Amkeni Wakenya is an umbrella organisation set up to promote democratic governance in Kenya. Launched in July 2008, Amkeni Wakenya primarily works through Civil Society Organizations to support and strengthen the role of citizens in the deepening of democracy, human rights, access to justice and governance reforms in Kenya.
Amkeni Wakenya is managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Sida supports Amkeni Wakenya with 129 million SEK for the period 2008-2014.
What are the results?
- Connected to the de-centralisation process in Kenya, also known as “devolution”, Amkeni Wakenya funded 41 civil society organizations in 2013 and reached over 340 000 pe3ople through workshops, road shows and open air meetings. Over 180 000 men and 183 000 women were reached through information via community radios, posters and flyers. Civic and voter education was provided aimed at enhancing the citizen´s understanding of devolution as provided for in the constitution as well as enable citizens to participate in elections effectively.
- 50 civil society organizations were supported in their work with voter education by Amkeni Wakenya. The significant reduction in the number of spoilt votes in March 2013 elections was a result of increased citizen awareness on devolved governance units made possible through civic and voter education.
- CSOs assumed greater roles in conducting county-level awareness creation, playing a watchdog role for the new county governments and in legislative processes in the counties. One example is the creation of 12 citizen oversight networks or committees. The period also saw the formation of 30 audit committees.