What the project is about
Uraia Trust was established in 2011 as a successor to Kenya’s National Civic Education Programme phase I and II (NCEP I & II). Uraia's approach is to promote citizenship from a rights and responsibility aspect. Since 2009, Uraia has been working on enhancing citizen participation in fulfilling and achieving the goals and priorities articulated in the National Accord, focusing on national priorities such as national reconciliation, inclusion of youth and marginalised groups, increased of leadership accountability.
Uraia’s has prioritized the coming general election work under its Uchaguzi Bora Initiative. This is an Uraia initiative designed to contribute to national efforts that will make Kenya’s next general elections - participatory, peaceful, free, fair and credible. To this end, Uraia will support over 50 civil Society Organizations across the nation to carry out civic /voter education and engagement activities.
What we have accomplished so far
- Jointly with Usawa, and Amkeni, URAIA completed the National Baseline Survey on the 'The State Of Governance and Democracy within the New Constitution Of Kenya: 2012. The baseline survey findings provide important information necessary in informing the programmes and processes of the civic/voter education and engagement initiatives by the three organizations.
- Uraia has increased focus on electing credible leaders in the coming general elections through:
- Its support of the nationwide Schools Music Festival. This is being delivered in partnership with IEBC.
- Providing technical support to Ahadi Kenya with their initiative on Vetting of aspirants as they seek elective positions within the Nairobi County with focus on the Chapter on Leadership and Integrity.
- Uraia has continued to be part of the Gender Sector Working group that influenced the establishment of the Prime Minister’s Round Table (PMRT) on Gender Equality and Equity. One of the advocacy issue that the group has taken to the Executive is the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2011 on gender principle of not more than two third of the same gender in elective and appointive positions.
- Built capacity of over 400 Curriculum Developers and implementers for the KIE on the Constitution of Kenya 2012. This is aimed at supporting the staff to entrench the Constitutional principles in their work especially in Curriculum development.
Donors and total project budget
The Embassy of Norway is supporting this project with a budget of $ 1,400,000 over a period of 2 years.
Assistance to the URAIA is however provided through a number of other development partners including USAID, DFID, DANIDA, the Embassy of Netherlands, the Embassy of Finland and CIDA bilateral arrangements.