The German Government through the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) offers capacity building to young leaders who participate in the Political Leadership and Governance Programme.The Political Leadership and Governance Programme (PLGP) emanates from the FES’ renowned Political Leadership Development Programme (PLDP) which has provided visionary leaders in Kenya’s national and county assemblies and in academia, policy and other organizations.
The PLDP was designed as a special intervention to create a new political leadership culture in Kenya and this it has done with significant success. Some of the notable persons who have gone through this programme are Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, Senator Martha Wangari ,Nairobi Women Representative Rachael Shebesh ,Honorable Pamela Owen Kisumu County Assembly Minority Leader, Bernadette Muyomi Busia County Cabinet Minister in charge of ICT and Public Service, Titus Kaloki who was recently elected by the President as a board Member of the Tana Athi Water Services Board, Teddy Mwambire Deputy Speaker Kilifi County ,Ann Njogu ,Kepta Ombati among others.
Like its predecessor, the Political Leadership and Governance Programme (PLGP) seeks to nurture and promote value-driven leadership for good governance in a democratic society. The focus is not only on political parties but also civil society organizations and special interest groups. The program aims to assist in the strengthening and professionalization of these organizations through building the capacity of talented young women and men from diverse backgrounds to provide leadership with a difference.
The training also offers participants the chance to create and strengthen youth leadership and mentorship network through linkages at both national and county levels. This goes a long way to facilitate a paradigm shift in Kenyan leadership culture to one that is issues and development based and driven by values.This programme endeavors to build the capacity of young people to take up leadership opportunities for representation within elective, appointive and decision making structures.
The Participants of the Political Leadership and Governance Programme (PLGP 2015) graduated on the 7th of November 2015 after undergoing a six month rigorous training. The programme ended with the participants walking on fire which literally means that if you focus on your goal you can achieve despite the challenges you will go through.
To participate in the programme it is essential for you to initiate projects in your respective counties and have the desire to engage in the political arena. More than 700 applicants applied but only 19 were selected. The founder of this blog “Youth County Projects Kenya” was also a beneficiary of this year’s Political Leadership and Governance Programme.
Last but not least, Special thanks goes to Dr Heinz Bongartz FES-Kenya Resident Representative, Maria Okong’o PLGP Coordinator, Caleb Khisa Program Manager facilitated the success of this year’s Programme and Honourable Isaac Mwaura,Member of the National Assembly who graced the graduation ceremony.
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