Uraia’s civic engagement work aims at providing Kenyans with practical mechanisms to engage in public affairs at the local and national levels. It is premised on the notion that for citizens to participate meaningfully, they need to be organised and capable, having the right information, skills and knowledge. The civic engagement work, therefore builds on Uraia’s civic education work, to support those who benefit from the civic education to participate in the governance of their communities. Those educated will be assisted to identify ways to address issues of concern and how they can engage with duty bearers in addressing these issues. The approach will be to support citizens to understand the platforms and tools available for public participation through the various levels and arms of government, and how to make use of these.
Uraia’s civic engagement work is anchored on the Constitutional mandate of sovereignty of the people and the national values and principles of governance, among them being public participation. It is on this foundation that the programme will work to ensure that men and women understand the promise and implications of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and what it guarantees for them in terms good governance, service delivery and realisation of human rights. Conversely, the programme will also work to demonstrate the role of citizens in realising the promise of the Constitution.
Citizens’ capacity and that of citizens’ groups will be built through training programmes and provision of relevant materials so that they can lobby and advocate on critical issues, engage in legislative processes both a national and county levels, vet and monitor those who seek elective offices, engaging in planning and budgeting processes of the government, tracking government expenditure and monitor government service delivery. Uraia’s civic engagement work will also focus on strengthening citizens’ group formation and networking so as to build a critical mass of individuals working for the realisation of the promise of the Constitution and increase the chances of achieving common goals.
The civic engagement work will be carried out in partnership and collaboration with stakeholders both at the national level and in the 47 counties.