Capacity building is one of the delivery methodologies of Amkeni Wakenya that focuses on supporting Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) that represent citizens in understanding the issues and developing the strategies that will influence reform agendas. The unique niche occupied by Amkeni Wakenya in the context of the support it extends to both local and national level organizations, makes it possible for it to play a distinctive role in facilitating strategic linkages between local, regional and national organizations and networks.
In the context of democratic process, the fundamental roles performed by civil society organizations include:
(i) aggregating the voice of the public and articulating public demand,
(ii) presenting a coherent and consistent set of demands and recommendations around a single issue to increase the likelihood that policy makers will focus on constituency demands;
(iii) serving as a link between communities/constituents and decision-makers and implementers;
(iv) analyzing policy issues, engaging in evidence-based public advocacy, and providing alternative recommendations and solutions to government;
(v) mobilizing constituencies in support of policy dialogue and reform,
(vi) serving as monitors of legal/policy implementation, and accountability in government; and
(vii) acting as agents of reform in strengthening and broadening democratic governance.
In fulfilment of its mandate, Amkeni Wakenya implements a capacity development component which strengthens the ability of organizations to function efficiently and to participate more effectively in the democratic process. Capacity development activities
strengthen CSO advocacy, organizational and financial capacities necessary to implement democracy and governance activities, and
foster and support networking, linkage building and dialogue fora for policy reform to ensure informed, coherent and integrated reform agendas, and effective monitoring when reforms are implemented.
Amkeni Wakenya’s programme development and implementation of activities is informed and overseen by a dynamic and inclusive governance structure._