, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 16 – Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Sicily Kariuki has appointed a Youth Sector Working Group (YSWG) drawn from the National and County Governments, private sector, youth organisations, philanthropists and development partners.
The Youth Sector Working Group will be co-chaired by CS Willy Bett, Ministry of Agriculture, and Jutta Frasch, Ambassador of Germany to Kenya.
- The Youth Sector Working Group will be co-chaired by CS Willy Bett, Ministry of Agriculture, and Jutta Frasch, Ambassador of Germany to Kenya.
- The members of the Youth Sector working group are Dr Chris Kirubi from Haco Industries, Siddharth Chatterjee from UNDP, Diarietou Gaye from World Bank, Raphael Obonyo- Youth Congress, Susan Mwongera from Youth Agenda among others.
The members of the Youth Sector working group are Dr Chris Kirubi from Haco Industries, Siddharth Chatterjee from UNDP, Diarietou Gaye from World Bank, Raphael Obonyo- Youth Congress, Susan Mwongera from Youth Agenda among others.
YSWG is constituted to provide a framework for coordination of the numerous youth employment initiatives at both the National and County level.
The agency will be based at the Ministry of Public Service Youth and Gender Affairs who will also host the secretariat.
During a press conference at Harambee House, CS Bett observed that the constitution of the Youth Sector Working Group will work together towards a common goal of the Youth empowerment agenda.
“We have set up the Youth Sector Working Group comprising membership from Government ministries, Development partners, Private sector and Civil Society represented at the highest decision making levels from each institution. The group will drive and coordinate agenda on youth employment and training and will convene regularly to set priorities and monitor implementation of the same.” CS Bett noted.
The Youth Sector Working group will ensure the alignment of youth employment interventions with government policies and strategies facilitate linkages between government, private sector players and Civil Society organizations on youth employment issues.
“The Youth Sector Working Group will also maintain close links with youth sector players to promote effective partnerships and collaborations.”Youth issues have been undertaken in an isolated manner in the past, CS Bett added.
On her part, Frasch indicated that “Haco Industries, World Bank, UNDP have already pledged support towards the operationalization of the secretariat. Towards this end, Germany has pledged 30 million Euros during the 2017-2018 FY for grants and loans to equip vocational training centres.”
As a priority, YSWG will work together to finalize on the Youth Empowerment Strategy and facilitate wider public engagement on the National Youth policy review process to bring the policy up to date to priority concerns of the youth as well as align the overall youth policy to the constitution and the sustainable development goals.