As a Facility established to strengthen democratic governance, it presupposes that citizen’s engagement in the governance of their country is of critical importance. Indeed a lot of evidence abound that where citizens are not fully engaged, widespread corruption, violations of human rights, Unresponsive judicial system, poor institutional development as well as general impoverisation of the people becomes the general character of the State. Thus all citizens are negatively are affected by lack of democratic governance and must wake up get involved.
Inspired by the second stanza of the National Anthem … Amkeni Ndugu Zetu…. the name Amkeni Wakenya is a clarion call for all Kenyans ‘wake up ‘ and to get involved in national building. As a Fcaility,Amkeni Wakenya supports and strengthens the role of citizens in the deepening of democracy, human rights, access to justice and governance reforms in Kenya. The ultimate aim is to ensure that the voice of the common person is amplified and taken into consideration in the democratization process.
By Telling Our Story we would like to demonstrate to our stakeholders how the assistance received under Amkeni is being utilized to further democratic governance in Kenya.
UNDP Resident Representative forges Partnership with the Media
NAIROBI, Thursday 13 May 2010? The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator in Kenya, Mr. Aeneas Chuma is set to meet with the Media Owners Association (MOA) tomorrow in Nairobi, to forge partnerships on impartial reporting on the ongoing Constitutional Review Process. The meeting will also map out ways through which the media will play an instrumental role in the referendum process and ensure that the interests of Kenyans are upheld while keeping the country unified.
Mr. Chuma’s meeting comes in the wake of continued UNDP and other International development partner’s engagement in the development agenda in Kenya. In particular, they have consistently supported the ongoing Agenda 4 Reforms, negotiated by former UN Secretary General Koffi Annan after the post election crisis of 2007-08, of which the Constitutional Reforms is a key plank.
UNDP Kenya is leading a group of Basket Donors in supporting Electoral Reforms mainly channeled through the Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC). It also a key partner in providing support to the Constitution Review Process through the Committee of Experts (COE). UNDP under its flagship Programme, Amkeni Wakenya, and in collaboration with the Royal Netherlands Embassy, the Embassy of Norway and the Embassy of Sweden has committed about Ksh 113 million($1.5 m) to non-partisan and objective civic and voter education on the Draft Constitution and on the Referendum to be provided through Civil Society Organizations.
During the meeting the Chairman of the Media Owners Association Mr. S.K Macharia, will give a key note address on ‘The Role of the Media in the Constitution Review Process: Promoting Peace and Cohesiveness through Professional Reporting. The Ambassadors of Norway, the Netherlands and Sweden, the Chairperson of Interim Independent Electoral Commission and the Chairman and Director of the Committee of Experts among other will be in attendance.
Amkeni Wakenya’s programme development and implementation of activities is informed and overseen by a dynamic and inclusive governance structure._