Establishment of One Stop Youth Resource Center

Vijana Network International Limited through its product Youth County Projects Kenya has had discussions with UN Habitat and is championing for the Establishment of One Stop Youth Resource Center at each of the counties.

Find below images of the meeting on the 22nd of June 2016

At UN Habitat office in Gigiri with Governor Ranguma of Kisumu County , Cabinet Minister for Youth Hon Jeniffer,Member County of Assembly Kisumu North Hon Caroline Owen,Violet Mbiti of Vijana Network International/Youth County Projects Kenya and UN Habitat Executive.





With Henry Ndede Country Coordinator UNEP, Governor Ranguma of Kisumu County, Cabinet Minister for Youth Hon Jeniffer and Hon Caroline Owen Member County of Assembly Kisumu North





Invitation to participate in a professional bootcamp that targets young women entrepreneurs courtesy of SheHive Nairobi

SheHive is a transformational experience for young women looking to break through, live their purpose and get real results in their businesses and careers.

Over 4 days She Leads Africa will provide over 15 expert led, training sessions covering the topics that young professional women need to know in order to succeed. This is also an opportunity for young women to network with other young African women while building their business skills.

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So join us at SheHive Nairobi  from June 30 – July 3 to get the skills and knowledge you need to achieve your professional goals.

If you’re ready to make 2016 a year to achieve your goals and vision – then SheHive is for you!! Join us.

Have questions? We have answers

Who is eligible to attend SheHive Nairobi? 

  • SheHive Nairobi is open to anyone with an interest in improving their skills and advancing their careers or business. There are no restrictions on age or background.

Do I have to be an entrepreneur or have an active business to participate? 

  • No you do not have to be an entrepreneur to participate. SheHive will have courses for individuals who are in corporate careers as well as people just thinking about starting their business.

How much does SheHive cost?

  • Once you register we will send out a payment link.

Where will SheHive Nairobi be hosted?

  • SheHive Nairobi will be hosted in Nairobi, Kenya. Location details will be sent out to registered participants.

What if I can only attend part of the programme?

  • SheHive Nairobi is an open programme so you can pick and choose whichever sessions you’d like to participate in.

What if I want more personalized coaching and advice for my business?

  • Sign up for our All Access Pass which will grant you access to an exclusive training program with international business experts and She Leads Africa cofounders. You’ll also have the opportunity to pitch your business in front of investors and mentors later in the programme.

I have a question that wasn’t answered here. Who can I contact for more information? 

  • Please send an email to with the subject line: SheHive Nairobi Question

For more information click on the link  below to apply :


Call for Proposals to Carry out Civic Education at the counties courtesy of Uraia Trust






Uraia Trust is a national organization that supports democratic transformation processes in Kenya. Its mission is “To provide quality civic education and empower Kenyans to exercise their civic duty in order to realize their constitutional aspirations.”

Uraia’s work is informed by its four Key Focus Areas (KFAs), which are:
(i) Entrenching constitutionalism,
(ii) Promoting free and fair electoral processes,
(iii) Addressing the historical political marginalisation of women, youth, persons with
disabilities and minority communities in Kenya,
(iv) Internal Excellence.

Uraia Trust wishes to invite civil society organizations to participate in the implementation of the above Programme: “Rooting Democracy in Kenya through an Informed Citizenry” – Phase Two to be implemented over the next three years. The goal of this Programme is to contribute towards developing an informed, empowered and democratic nation. Uraia wishes to work with organisations that subscribe to its values, which are, integrity, professionalism, teamwork, equality, equity and non-partisanship.



This call aims at supporting Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) nonpartisan projects targeted at achieving the following Programme objectives:
KFA 1: Entrenching constitutionalism:

1. Facilitating citizens to embody national values and the spirit of the Constitution in the exercise of their sovereign power.
2. Facilitating CSOs and citizens to participate in strengthening public institutions and holding public officials to account.
3. Safeguarding and strengthening devolution for improved service delivery and transformation of lives.

KFA 2: Promoting free and fair elections:

4. Enhancing participation of citizens in electoral processes.
5. Promoting transparency and confidence in the management of elections.
6. Empowering citizens to elect leaders who embody the spirit and the values of the Constitution.

KFA 3: Addressing the historical political marginalisation of women, youth, persons with disabilities and minority communities in Kenya:

7. Increasing and enhancing representation of historically marginalised groups and communities in governance processes.


This call is divided into the following three lots:


2.1.1 Target:
Lot 1 targets county-based organizations with a physical presence in the counties outlined below:

1. Kwale
2. Tana River
3. Wajir
4. Mandera
5. Marsabit
6. Isiolo
7. Embu
8. Turkana
9. Samburu

2.1.2 Expected Results:

Proposed interventions under this Lot should contribute to;
● Increased civic and voter knowledge and awareness on rights and responsibilities enshrined in the Constitution and electoral processes.
● Increased citizen participation on political and governance processes.
● Increased citizen and CSOs participation, engagement and oversight in governance at the national and county level.
● Increased implementation of policy and legislative reforms at county level.
● Increased participation and representation of women, youth and PWDs in political and governance processes.
2.1.3 Type of activities

These may include:
Civic and voter education that focuses on among others
• Education on the implications and application of the Constitution, devolution, rights and responsibilities, national values & principles of governance national cohesion and judicial process.
• Awareness on electoral processes (voter registration and requirements, voting procedures, leadership & integrity, vetting processes).

Civic engagement work that focuses on among others:
• Capacity building and facilitation of local communities to undertake vetting of aspirants ahead of the 2017 general elections.
• Capacity building of local communities for participation in county government processes (planning and budgeting, implementation and monitoring of county plans, budgets and service delivery.
• Capacity building of marginalized groups (women, youth and PWDs) to participate in local decision making structures and political processes.
• Capacity building and facilitation of local communities to demand accountability from county governments.
• Capacity building and support to county governments for transparent and participatory decision making in the planning, implementation and monitoring of county plans and budgets and county development strategies.
• Establishment and facilitation of engagement forums for communities and county governments.
• Supporting formation and facilitating operationalization of CSOs/government sector based platforms (sector working groups).
• Monitoring and reporting on public financial management.
Note: Interventions proposed must demonstrate a clear link between civic and voter education and citizen participation and engagement.
Applying organisations must have a physical presence in the target county and provide evidence of the same when applying. Note: An organisation can only apply to work in One County.
2.1.4 Project duration

• The minimum period for applicant’s proposed project is 18 months and a maximum period is 36 months

2.2.1 Target:
Lot 2 targets national organizations and networks that have demonstrable experience of at least five years working on either or all of the above Key Focus Areas. This experience should include but is not limited to; a focus on influencing democratic transformation through policy and legislative work, public interest litigation, research and capacity development of civil society organisations.

2.2.2 Expected results:

Proposed interventions under this Lot should contribute to:

• Enhancing reforms and compliance to electoral laws.
• Strengthening capacity of CSOs and local communities to undertake vetting of political aspirants.
• Strengthening capacity of political parties to enhance internal democracy in party nominations and elections.
• Promoting policy and legislative reforms on representation of marginalized groups (Women, Youth, minority communities and PWDs).
• Promotion of national values and principles of governance.
• Enhancing credibility and confidence in electoral processes.
• Expanding spaces for engagement between CSOs and national and county governments.
2.2.3 Types of activities:
Institutional transformation work that focuses on among others:
• Advocacy, lobbying and policy influencing work on promoting good governance and service delivery for example public participation, access to information and civic education frameworks.
• National dialogue and engagement forums in defence of constitutionalism.
• Engagement forums with stakeholders on key emerging democratic issues,
• Capacity development of county based CSOs on thematic areas in line with Uraia’s KFAs.

2.2.4 Project duration

• The minimum period for applicant’s proposed project is 18 months and a maximum period is 36 months


2.3.1 Target:

This call targets county level work in Kisii, Nyamira and Migori counties and is aimed at strengthening the capacity of women from the target counties to vie for political positions and or seek appointive positions ahead of the 2017 general elections.

2.3.2 Specific Objectives:

(i) Strengthening the capacity of Kenyan women to vie for political positions /or seek appointive positions at all levels.

(ii) Strengthening the capacity of women to address and overcome barriers to their political participation.

2.3.3 Expected Outputs:

Proposed interventions under this call should contribute to:

i. Creating cohorts of male gender champions to challenge traditional mind-sets and negative stereotypes about women’s leadership.
ii. Building of networks of men and women coalitions to influence political decisions and negotiate with a unified voice at sub-county level.
iii. Increasing civic awareness on the ‘not more than two-thirds’ gender principle among women and men.
iv. Increasing capacity of women to overcome inherent socio, cultural and religious barriers to political participation.
v. Increasing leadership and political skills of women to vie for political / or seek appointive positions.

2.3.4 Type of activities:

These may include:

i. Identification, recruitment and training male gender champions on mentorship, monitoring and lobbying skills.
ii. Linking male gender champions with potential women leaders.
iii. Organizing coalition building network meetings for men and women.
iv. Identification, recruitment of potential women aspirants.
v. Organizing empowerment workshops for potential women aspirants.
vi. Organize political leadership training workshop for women aspirants.
vii. Conducting mass civic education on gender equality and political participation of women, including the ‘not more than two-thirds’ gender principle.
viii. Supporting women to engage with political parties.
ix. Mentorship of women aspirant on political leadership.

Applying organisations must have a physical presence (either by having their headquarters or field offices) in either of the three counties. Uraia will provide only one grant to the successful organization to work in the three Counties. Therefore, applicants must demonstrate capacity to work in all the three counties. Applications to work in only one or two counties will not be considered.

2.3.5 Project duration:

• The minimum period for applicant’s proposed project is 15 months and a maximum period is 18 months
Ineligible activities include, but are not limited to the following:
(i) Activities concerned only or mainly with individual sponsorship for participation in international workshops/conferences.
(ii) Activities concerned only or mainly with individual scholarships for studies or training courses.
(iii) Activities supporting political parties.

Lot 1:

• Minimum grant is Kshs 6 million
• Maximum grant is Kshs 12 million

Lot 2:
• Minimum grant is Kshs 12 million
• Maximum grant is Kshs 24 million

Lot 3:
• Minimum grant is Kshs 1.5 million
• Maximum grant is Kshs 2.8 million

At this initial stage, Uraia wishes to invite interested organizations to only submit concept notes that contribute to the expected results outlined under each category.

The application process will be in two stages the first being a concept note submission. Only organisations that qualify at stage one will be invited to submit full proposals.

Full information on the application process including concept note and budget guidelines are available from the Uraia office or through the Uraia website, or via email through a request to For more details, call Tel: +254 020 2135561, Mobile: 0728 608737.

Concept notes are to be submitted by Monday 27th June 2016, 5:00pm via email to or by post/courier/hand delivery through the following address and clearly marked “Lot No. (insert Lot number and KFA if application is for Lot 2): Uraia Rooting Democracy Phase II Call for Concepts 2016 – Reference no. URAIA/CFC/3/2016”. Any form of canvassing will lead to immediate disqualification.

The Uraia Trust
Uraia House
Jacaranda Avenue, Off Gitanga Road
PO Box 28151 – 00100


Taita Taveta County Youth Empowerment Summit 2016

On the 4th of June 2016, The County Government through the Department of Trade and Community Affairs and other development partners organized the Youth Empowerment Summit 2016 aimed at empowering and educating the youth on matters leadership, governance and entrepreneurship.


The main objective of the summit was to build the capacity of the youth in TaitaTaveta County to remain proactive and aggressive in reaching out for opportunities to better their livelihoods and thus the economy of the county and country at large.This will eventually lead to creating employment and youth coming up with innovative ideas to improve their living standards in line with Vision 2030.


The County Government of Taita Taveta believes in holistic development of the youth. This led to the establishment of the County Biashara Center in collaboration with UNDP.This has created a platform through which the youth are empowered on their roles, participation and involvement in the development of their communities and themselves.


The summit brought together 400 youths from all the wards in the county. The Guest of Honour was Cabinet Minister for Mining Hon. Dan Kazungu



Topics discussed at the summit by speakers:
• Investment Opportunities available for the youth
• Role of ICT in Curbing the high rates of unemployment amongst the youth
• Wealth Creation and Financial Freedom
• A youth entrepreneur spoke about his journey
• A representative from UNDP spoke on how one can move from their comfort zone
Two panel discussions were held namely:
1. Strategies in Tackling Unemployment amongst the youth
2. “Getting it Right”

Photo Images of what Transpired during the summit

Cabinet Minister for Mining Hon. Dan Kazungu
Key Note Address: TaitaTaveta County “Hidden Treasure”


H.E Governor Mruttu
Key Note Address: Role of the Youth in attainment of Vision 2030.

Honourable Flora Mtuweta Cabinet Minister for Trade and Community Affairs where the youth docket operates addresses the participants.

Panel Discussion


Below:The Founder of Youth County Projects Kenya Violet Mbiti and Hassan from UN Habitat
Below: The Founder of Youth County Projects Kenya Violet Mbiti exchanging pleasantries with Cabinet Minister for Mining Hon.Dan Kazungu


Plan to attend the Startup Grind Event to be held in Uasin Gishu County

Don’t Miss!!
Startup Grind,Eldoret is having the much awaited event at Sirikwa Hotel this coming Friday 10th June 2016.

Time: 5.00 to 8.00 p.m.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Bitange Ndemo









Violet Mbiti wins the opportunity to participate in the WECREATE Startup Program

Violet Mbiti the Founder of Youth County Projects Kenya and Vijana Network International Limited has been selected to participate in the WECREATE | KENYA StartUp Academy Flight 1 entrepreneurship program!

WECREATE KENYA serves as an entrepreneurial community center for women interested in starting or expanding an existing business. The Center provides mentoring, business connections, specialized training, connections to the community, media attention, access to markets and capital along with the technical tools and resources necessary for taking any business to the next level.

“Dear StartUp Academy Entrepreneur,

Congratulations! You have been accepted into the StartUp Academy Flight 1 entrepreneurship program!

Thank you for following your entrepreneurial spirit and participating in the interview process for the StartUp Academy program late last week and today.

We were very impressed your business idea and passion. We narrowed the initial applicants to 34 for the interviews and you have been selected as one of 18 businesses to participate in StartUp Academy Flight 2.

We are thrilled that you will be participating in what is sure to be a life-transforming experience! Get ready for lift off of the StartUp Academy flight and a new chapter in your entrepreneurial journey.”


Plan to attend the WECREATE Entrepreneurial Networking Event



Six East African youth feted in the AgriBusiness Regional Incubation Programme

By KassFM

Six youth from East Africa countries have been feted for the regional incubation programme dubbed Youth for Agribusiness.

The six are; Abrhame  Endrias of Green Agro  Mechanization Ethiopia, Murindahabi Edmond of PEBEC Ltd Rwanda, Anzazi Kiti of Taste Afrique Ltd Kenya, Noah Ssempija of YICE Uganda, Mercy Kitomari of Nelwa’s Gelato Tanzania and Uwintwali Lilian of  M-AHWIII Ltd Rwanda.


The six were selected from 120 eastern African youth entrepreneurs with start-ups or small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the agricultural sector. The 120 entrepreneurs participated in business training sessions, competitions, pitching skills and presentations. The top three start-ups and three SMEs from the remaining 30 contestants received a portion of a $20,000 fund allotted for seed capital.

The competitors, aged between 18-35 years, run SMEs or start-ups that address needs arising from various agricultural value chains in their respective countries. They specialize in processing, finance, software and apps development, agro-mechanization, packaging and export services.

Speaking during the award ceremony, James Shikwati, a director at Inter Region Economic Network (IREN), said the key objective of the Agribusiness Innovation and Trade Fair is to create an ecosystem of trade, financing and capability support for the 30 start-ups and SMEs.

“Our main goal is to offer our young innovators an opportunity to scale up agribusiness activities through training initiatives with a view of stimulating enterprises that are investible, sustainable, competitive and ready to play an active role in the larger East African market,” said Shikwati, who is also the Young Innovators in Agribusiness Competition team leader.

Speaking during the same function, Nelly Ngunguru, a sector analyst at the East Africa Trade Investment Hub, said there is need to empower the African youth with mentorship and also capital to enable them to be self-employed.

The Agribusiness Innovation and Trade Fair was the final journey of the Young Innovators in Agribusiness competition which began in 2014 through an agribusiness competition that attracted over 800 participants from sub-Saharan Africa as well as the participation of Young Innovators in Agribusiness at the 2015 Africa Green Revolution Forum in Zambia and Arusha at the beginning of the year. The programme is supported by the USAID-supported East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, Syngenta, Inter-Region Economic Network and Toyota Kenya Academy.


Invitation to participate in a Tree Planting Exercise organised by Yatta Environment Network to Commemorate World Environment Day 2016

The Yatta and Environment Network is an alliance of Schools, Youth groups, individuals and farmers who engage in environmental conservation programmes in Yatta, Masinga and Mwala sub counties of Machakos County.

YEN invites to attend a tree planting exercise on the 5th of June 2016at Makivenzi Primary School in Matuu to commemorate World Environment Day.


The YEN GREEN SCHOOLS PROGRAM is a Climate Action awareness initiative by the YATTA ENVIRONMENT NETWORK (YEN) mitigating against deforestation and climate change involving students, teachers and the community in developing ¼ acre tree groves in 200 schools in Yatta, Masinga and Mwala sub-counties of Machakos County.

The Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Education, Kenya Forest Service and Kenya Forestry Research Institute have sanctioned this initiative as a very timely and sustainable program.They will offer technical and material support  to the initiative.  The program was officially launched on 14 November 2015 by the Minister for Environment Prof.Judy Wakhungu.


THE YEN GREEN SCHOOLS INITIATIVE will enable pupils & students benefit from knowledge on best practices of nurturing, managing and growing value trees. The students and pupils will adopt the trees.

The program incorporates
and training for teachers & patrons in all Schools
learning materials  are provided to boost their capacity for future engagement at no cost. -Farmers are mobilised and sensitized on  adoption and management of Melia volkensii (MUKAU) as a farm tree.
Wildlife and Environment clubs will be established in all schools in Machakos County.

For Further Information Contact:

Meshack Nzeki
Chief Coordinator.
254-725 802 078
@facebook Yatta environment network