COLLABORATION BETWEEN NCIC AND NYBA
National Cohesion and Integration Commission and the USAID funded Kenyan largest youth organization – National Youth Bunge Association (NYBA) shall be signing a memorandum of understanding next week on Monday 14th January 2013. Kenyan Youth from the grassroots created the NYBA as a truly democraticentity controlled fully by them. Working alongside the Government of Kenya and partners, theNYBA strives to economically empower youth and advocate youth needs. It has become important for NCIC to collaborate with the association and engage in a number of activities aimed at promoting tolerance, understanding and acceptance of diversity in all aspects of national life and encourage full participation by all ethnic communities in social economic, cultural and political life of other communities. NYBA strives to economically empower youth and advocate. The NYBA also works with Mercy Corps, CLUSA in Coast, Inuka in Nairobi, World vision in Nyanza ,Winrock in Western and Mercy corps in Rift Valley and Central provinces. The partners aim to assist the youth to mobilize and manage their village and county bunges successfully and to build their capacity to run these institutions and their projects. Objectives 1. The Parties’ Main Objective under this MoU is to establish a long-term relationship for purposes of promoting tolerance, understanding and acceptance of diversity in all aspects of national life and encourage full participation by all ethnic communities in the social economic cultural and political life of the communities. 2. In furtherance of the Main Objective each Party shall provide such staff support, institutional services and materials as may be necessary for the implementation and achievement of the Main Objective. During the signing of the memorandum, which shall also be the launch of the collaboration, the following activities are shall take place:
The launch shall be presided over by the NCIC commissioners, Chairman of NCIC, dignitaries from USAID, officials from NYBA, and community members from Mathare. The event shall take place on 14th January, 2013 at Kiboro field near Kiboro Primary School in Mathare. The event shall commence at 8.30am. Your attendance shall be highly appreciated.
a. UWIANO PLATFORM: The Commission together with the National Steering Committee on Peace building and Conflict Management (NSC), PeaceNet Kenya and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) came together to establish a Platform for Peace dubbed UWIANO. UWIANO is a Swahili word that connotes “cohesion”. However, these four Partners were not only concerned with contributing towards delivery for a Peaceful National Referendum Process, but were keen to see to it that peace building and conflict management initiatives are scaled up towards in the just concluded general elections and beyond. UWIANO therefore, is a conflict preventive strategy that provides space for a wide range of partners, actors and stakeholders to build synergy and leverage their efforts for conflict prevention and peace building in Kenya.
b. INTEGRATED PUBLIC COMPLAINTS REFERRAL MECHANISM (IPCRM): The Commission supported the Integrated Public Complaints and Referral Mechanism (IPCRM) an initiative of the Ethics...
Development for international Development (DFID)
The Department for International Development (DFID) leads aim is to end extreme poverty. DFID helps in tackling the global challenges including poverty and disease, mass migration, insecurity and conflict. As a result the Commission has continued to benefit from the DFID program. Some of the key highlights of DFID include supporting media campaigns with an aim of influencing the general public to embrace tolerance in an environment with diverse beliefs that often leads to conflict. A point in case is during the just concluded elections DFID through UNDP supported tier one radio programs that targeted over six communities. As a result the Commission reached over 10 million people with tolerance messages.
Through UNDP, the Commission has also benefitted from EU. Hence, EU has supported programs. EU funds are transmitted through UNDP. Some of the programs that include; media campaigns, sensitization, training, reconciliation and mediation forums among other key strategic programs.
Through UNDP, the Commission has greatly benefitted from SIDA in a number of ways. Consequently, SIDA has supported programs geared towards CVE capacity building on the need for peaceful coexistence. Other programs that have been supported include strengthening of Amani (peace) clubs that have been rolled out in over 1000 schools in Kenya. As a result national values have been inculcated among school children through peace activities in peace clubs. It is important to note that all the SIDA support is channeled through UNDP.
United Nation (UN) women kenya
The Constitution of Kenya 2010 provides a legal framework for the government to fulfill basic rights, for the marginalize and vulnerable groups. This is in tandem with the Commission mandate hence the UN-Women has in the past supported the Commission programs geared towards Counter Violent Extremism (CVE). Hence the Commission through the support of UNWomen has established a network of women in CVE in five counties namely; Lamu, Mandera, Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale. These counties have been hit most by the insurgence of terrorism groups targeting innocent unengaged youth. Through this UNWomen program the Commission has reached out to the most vulnerable youth through empowering women with skills on how to identify and rehabilitate the youth who already are members.
Unted Nation Development program (UNDP)
The Commission is a key beneficiary of the United Nation Development Programs (UNDP) in Kenya. The program aims to address poverty, inequality and exclusion in an integrated and support communities and government achieve sustainable and inclusive economic growth (UNDP Kenya). To this end, the Commissions key advocacy programs have been fully supported and sponsored by this program. As a result a number of women, youth, Community Based Organization among others have been trained and sensitized of the mandate of NCIC as well as their role in ensuring a peaceful integrated society.