Youth and Peaceful Elections in Kenya
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: African Books Collective
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Title Page, Copyright
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This book is dedicated to the memory of Professor Wangari Maathai (1 April 1940-25 September 2011). Professor Wangai Maathai taught us to treat the earth withrespect and kindness for the sake of humanity. Her devotion to the pursuit of asustainable environment contributed in the democratization of Kenya. Her struggles...
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This book is a collection of important and thought provoking papers presenetd at the Youth and the Social and Economic Impact of Peaceful and Fair Elections conference held on 6th-8th August 2012. The conference was organised by Africa Health and Development International (AHADI) with the support of Rockefeller Foundation. ...
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This publication results from a Conference held on 7th and 8th August 2012 todiscuss youth and the socio-economic impact of peaceful and fair elections inKenya. The Forum was organized by Africa Health and Development International(AHADI), with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation. It was opened byJustice David Majanja on behalf of Dr. Willy Mutunga, the Chief Justice and...
Statement from The Judiciary
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Elections are a crucial part of the governance of any country. They have farreaching impacts on political and socio-economic aspects of a country. Theconduct of successful elections is therefore at the heart of any thriving democracy.The ability to conduct successful elections is dependent on many factors. Oneof these is having all the institutions involved in the electoral process effectively...
PART ONEYouth Presence in National Agenda
Chapter OneYouth As Leaders: Transforming Society ByBuilding Bridges
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...…if the democratic system is based on election, the public has to be more consciousas to who they elect because their vote is sacred. And that capacity to mobilize thepopulation towards participation is a very broad avenue, which we have notpursued, which we have not managed to travel. Hopefully there are young peoplenow who are going to motivate others so they might go down this road… It’s one...
Chapter TwoPerspectives on Youth Policies in Kenya
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UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural organizationThe past decade has seen Kenya develop programmes, policies and institutionsto address the needs of youth, who form the largest proportion of the population.This is a significant step since youth, unlike children, have often been lumpedtogether with the adult population in policy terms, yet they are not equal under...
Chapter ThreeSocio-Economic Status of Youth in Kenya:Implications for Peaceful Elections
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Defining youth is not easy as there is no universal definition of whom theyouth constitute. Youth is not a homogeneous construct, but encapsulates severaldifferent experiences and diversities. There also seem to be overlap betweeninternational definitions of youth and children. Organizations have differentdefinition of youth for instance, the United Nations (UN) general assembly...
Chapter FourOpportunities and Challenges for Participation ofYoung People in the Electoral Process
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On August 7-8, 2012, Africa Health and Development International (AHADI)organized and successfully executed a national conference on the theme: “Youthand the Social and Economic Impact of Peaceful Elections”. The conferencebrought together young opinion leaders from around the 47 counties into whichKenya is now constitutionally divided for purposes of devolved governance....
PART TWOYouth and Peaceful Elections
Chapter FiveEconomic Implications of Peaceful and FairGeneral Elections in Kenya
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Peace has been man’s greatest objective throughout history; unfortunately historyis more about war and lack of peace with most of human history written inblood. 58,000 Americans were killed in Vietnam War while the battle of SommeHistory’s greatest events are defined by lack of peace; 1066 AD, Alexanderthe Great, Napoleon, Mau Mau and more recently, the Balkan Wars and the...
Chapter SixSocial Implications of Peaceful and Fair GeneralElections in Kenya
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While a competitive electoral process cannot in itself be equated with democracy,it is a cardinal precept of liberal democratic theory and practice. By June 2003,44 of Sub-Saharan Africa’s 48 states had conducted founding elections, typicallymarking a transition from a long period of authoritarian rule to democraticgovernment. Thirty-three of these countries had gone through a second election...
Chapter SevenRole of Political Parties in Ensuring Peaceful andFair Elections
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A political party is a political organization that typically seeks to influencegovernment policy, usually by nominating their own candidates and trying toseat them in political office. Parties participate in electoral campaigns,educational outreach or protest actions. They traditionally often espouse anexpressed ideology or vision bolstered by a written platform with specific goals,...
PART THREEYouth, Leadership and Peace Building
Chapter EightNational Peace and Stability: The Role ofKenyans in the Diaspora
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Kenyans in the diaspora play a very important role in the future of Kenya.They make important contributions into cultural productions, business ventures,political plans, national peace and stability in terms of ideas and money. TheKenyan diaspora is usually listened to by Kenyans at home because diasporaKenyans are perceived by their family and friends at home (in Kenya) as having...
Chapter NineChildren of the Post-Colony and Violence:Starting from the Hearth
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This paper discusses the rising popularity of the child’s perspective in narratingviolence in the contemporary African literature. It investigates the role of thechild figure in telling narratives of violence based on Chimamanda NgoziAdichie’s two novels: Purple Hibiscus (2004) and Half of a Yellow Sun (2006). Itexplores the uniqueness of the child’s voice in the two novels and the significance...
Chapter TenThe Role of Youth in Trans-Local Peace BuildingAmong Pastoralist Communities in NorthwesternKenya
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The Pokot, Samburu and Turkana are pastoralist communities in North-westernKenya who have been perpetrators and victims of a vicious cycle of violentconflict that has claimed lives and destroyed property of unknown value over along period of time. The violent conflict among these communities has beenattributed to the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, political...
About the Contributors
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Page Count: 194
Publication Year: 2013