The civic engagement programme is aimed at providing a platform or practical mechanisms for citizens – who receive civic education – to put it into action. Those educated will be assisted to engage on issues of concern to them and their communities. The approach will be to support citizens to understand the mechanisms available through the various levels of government, legislation or other programmes, and enable them to engage with and through those mechanisms. If not, then new ways will be explored and developed for citizens to achieve what they think is required in terms of civic engagement.
The basis of this is for men and women to understand the implications of the new Constitution and what it provides for them in terms of improved accountability, service delivery and good governance. How this is then applied in different situations and settings is the key to effective civic engagement. The materials developed will assist in finding ways of applying the Constitution and the subsequent legislation informed by their daily lives. Engagement has to be demand driven, accessible and effective. Besides seeing and interacting with the issues, men and women need to engage with the duty bearers responsible for those issues at various levels.
This will mean enabling people to engage in advocacy and lobbying as well as applying for and participating in decision making fora locally and higher up the system. The importance of networking across and between Citizen Groups, other actors and stakeholders cannot be overstated. The more citizens can act together, the greater the chance of achieving common goals. Uraia will look for opportunities for those participating in its programmes to identify and link them with other actors and mechanisms.
Uraia’s Civic Engagement work will be focused of public participation, social accountability and social vetting. This work will be implemented by stakeholders at both the national and county level and continual capacity building in this area will be undertaken to ensure that Kenyans engage on all the Four Key Focus Areas of Uraia.