NATIONAL PUBLIC DIALOGUE FORUM ON THE FINDINGS OF A SOCIAL AUDIT ON THE PUBLIC EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVES
The Development Through Media (DTM) team was at a public dialogue forum organised by The Institute of Social Accountability (TISA) that took place on 30th September 2016 at the Hilton hotel. This forum brought together various youth led organisations, democracy and governance organisations as well as the Youth Fund, Women Enterprise Fund and Uwezo Fund.
TISA is a civil society organisation (CSO) which aims to attain sound policy and good governance in local development in Kenya, thereby uplifting the livelihoods of the poor and marginalized.
Trócaire is an Irish charity and the overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland. It works to empower communities to improve their lives, meet their basic needs and ensure their human dignity.
The gathering sought to highlight the “Jipeshughuli campaign” which aims to raise the consciousness of young people to shun corruption as well as demand and expect ethical behavior from public institutions governing the implementation of the public youth’s initiatives namely Uwezo Fund, Youth Enterprise Development Fund, Women Enterprise Fund and 30% Access to Government Procurement.
As part of the campaign with support from Trocaire, TISA conducted a social audit on the four public funds in Embakasi South in Nairobi County, Kisumu Central in Kisumu County and Ruiru in Kiambu County. The social audit focused on the transparency, accountability and public participation aspects of the funds.
This campaign aims to
• Counter the dominance culture of apathy, indifference and tolerance of corruption towards a mind-set of active youth caring for and engaged in governance.
• Emphasize on personal transformation through an examination of personal and social belief systems as a means for tapping personal and social foundations for community transformation.
• Impart accountability skills such as budget tracking and social audit of youth funds and initiatives.
As a way forward, youth were encouraged to work together harmoniously. Participants were advised to partner with like-minded organizations. Creation of better markets for the youth to do business.
DTM will continue to inform and engage the Public on all matters concerning Social Audit.
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