Updated Mar 29, 2019

Kenya Youth Participatory Budgeting

https://www.theyouthcafe.com/particpatory-budgeting

The project helps young people to innovatively crowd-source preferences for budgeting data aimed at addressing discrepancies in health, education, and environmental budgets that are allocated to the priorities of youth demographic.

The Youth Café has launched a web presence, with its first Youth Participatory Platform proof of concept in Baringo County of Kenya (www.baringopb.org). The platform has so far collected over 764 budgetary proposals and comments and inspired local youth led budgeting advocacy actions and presented them to the county governments in charge of local treasuries. Furthermore, according to World Ban...
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The Youth Café has launched a web presence, with its first Youth Participatory Platform proof of concept in Baringo County of Kenya (www.baringopb.org). The platform has so far collected over 764 budgetary proposals and comments and inspired local youth led budgeting advocacy actions and presented them to the county governments in charge of local treasuries. Furthermore, according to World Bank report on inclusive and effective citizen engagement through Participatory Budgeting in Makueni and West Pokot, public participation in local Participatory Budgeting initiatives is proven to enhance positive change through youth involvement and improves the government's’ capacity to deliver cost-effective, qualitative public services.Anecdotal evidence also shows that allowing young people to align budget resources with their health and educational needs, and measuring the outcomes, are crucial steps in investing long-term in their human capital.
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Stage 5: Scaling

Focus Areas:

Citizen Participation, Good Governance and Digital Finance

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Implemented In:

Kenya

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Problem

This Participatory Budgeting(PB) initiative is a direct response to the challenge of evidence-based public finance decision-making and reduced young people’s sense of efficacy and impact, and oversight in budget execution . Through online and offline tools, we are building a new cohort of young people and organizations who will be literate in health and education budgeting (the two most important areas for young people), and will be capable of making the case for greater transparency in governance.

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Solution

Our project links democracy and technology through online group decision-making software, accessed with a tool virtually every young person in Kenya already possesses - a computer or wireless device (smart phone). Our participatory budgeting work focuses initially on the two areas most important to young people - health and education. Anecdotal evidence shows that allowing young people to align budget resources with their health and educational needs, and measuring the outcomes, are crucial steps in investing long-term in their human capital. Our process includes bi-weekly youth budget dialogues and quarterly budget training for youth organizations. Continual communication is key to our success. Our budget analyses are carried out from a youth perspective. Our digital platforms, maintained daily, offer easy visualization of the data. Users can rank, vote, comment and see the results immediately. The results of our participatory budgeting process will be presented to county governments who take necessary adjustments in their budget formulation. Work is underway to monitor government responsiveness through the formation of groups of citizen journalists, tasked with streaming government budget hearings to the public, and reporting on the results.

Target Beneficiaries

The proof of concept has attracted 4,432 young people who participated in its development. It has attracted these numbers in a variety of ways including community visits, online participation through a dedicated online platform for Baringo County (www.baringopb.org), and the outreach of a broad array of local youth groups across Baringo and Machakos.

Mission and Vision

The Youth Cafe seeks to help Kenyan county governments crowdsource resource allocation and enhance positive change through youth involvement to improve their capacity to deliver cost-effective, qualitative public services.

Competitive Advantage

The project is significantly different from existing initiatives by linking grassroots democracy and technology through online group decision-making software, accessed with a tool which virtually every young person in Kenya already possesses - a wireless device. This has incentivized youth engagement, especially given the citizen-led data collection and visualization of assets, budgets and projects. This is achieved through the online submission of ideas using The Youth Cafe’s software which also has the potential for integrating maps.

Planned Goals and Milestones

Scale to East African countries in the medium term and Sub-Saharan Africa in the long term. The Kenya Youth Participatory Budgeting proposed here is developing partnerships that will help this initiative to reach over 500,000 young people in three counties across Kenya within this year.
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted4,432

The Team Behind the Innovation

The Youth Cafe in partnership with Ethelo, World Bank, Boise State University, University of Curtin, Young African Leaders Initiative. The Youth Cafe is a leading Pan-African youth organization based in Nairobi, Kenya. Youth participation is essential to our mission. When you empower young people, it helps us build stronger communities and a brighter future. That’s true here in Nairobi and it’s true around the world.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN AND YOUTH

Milestone

Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Kenya