Hitting the Target, Missing the Point: Youth Policies and Programmes in Kenya

By
Margaret Wamuyu Muthee

Kenya has adopted major governance reforms aimed at improving its socioeconomic and political environment. The reforms include a new constitution (2010), Vision 2030 and other sectoral policies focusing on specific issues  and categories of the population such as youth, children, women and persons with disabilities, among others. Youth have increasingly received attention due to their large numbers, gravity of the challenges confronting them and their role in political and electoral violence as well as crime. The 2007/08 post-election violence (PEV) which the country witnessed following the disputed  presidential election, leaving 1,300 people dead and 650,000 displaced from their homes, has also contributed to the growing interest on youth. Their role as the main executors of crimes that were planned and committed during the period is well documented.

 

 

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