Past Uraia Work
National Civic Education Programme Phase One (NCEP I) (2000-2003)
Under the National Civic Education Programme Phase I (NCEP I) Uraia played both a facilitation and coordination role. The overall objective of NCEP I was to consolidate a mature political culture, in which citizens would be more aware of their rights and responsibilities, and would participate effectively in broadening democracy in Kenya. The Programme specifically focused on equipping citizens with the relevant knowledge to contribute and participate actively and meaningfully in the country’s socio – economic, political and development processes. Under this Phase, Uraia supported approximately 60,000 civic and voter education activities that were carried out in the (former) eight provinces in Kenya, reaching nearly a fifth of the Country’s population. The civic and voter education activities were consistently effective in altering individual’s sense of civic competence, skills, overall knowledge, and actual engagement with political processes. There was significant increase in the Kenyan public’s psychology engagement with political processes as well as an increase in citizens’ sense of civic competence by the time Kenyans voted in the 2002 General Elections.
National Civic Education Programme Phase One (NCEP II) (2005-2010)
The second phase of National Civic Education Programme, Phase II (NCEPII) overall goal was to contribute to the consolidation of a vibrant democratic political culture in Kenya where groups and individuals would be aware of and fully exercise their rights and their responsibilities. Through this second phase, over ten million Kenyans were reached through civic education, which had meaningful long-term effects on several important dimensions; notably the cluster of orientations that were labeled Civic Competence and Involvement. Individuals who were exposed to NCEP-II’ Uraia’s face-to-face activities were significantly more knowledgeable about politics, more efficacious generally and specifically in regard to the Constituency Development Fund, more participatory at the local level, more aware of how to defend their rights, and more informed about constitutional issues. There was also desirability of public involvement in the constitutional review process, than were similarly “matched” individuals who did not participate in NCEP-II Uraia activities.The Programme also mobilised a critical mass of CSO actors to participate in delivering civic education in the country, and engage in democratic reform agenda.
National Response Initiative (NRI) (2008-2009)
Under the National Response Initiative (NRI), Uraia aimed at facilitating a national rapid response focusing on mediation, peace building and conflict resolution following the Post-Election Violence (PEV) of 2007-2008. As a result of the NRI, Uraia supported various peace initiatives in the country such as Uwiano Platform though Peace Net. Uraia’s support also contributed to national consensus building and facilitating national dialogue on critical issues pertaining to the Constitution, including engaging in quiet diplomacy with the religious, sector, politician, and community leaders. Uraia also contributed to the national effort under the Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation team under HE Kofi Annan and supported a range of actors to engage in reviewing and commenting on the proposed Constitution that was being drafted by the Committee of Experts (COE). The Programme also built a critical mass of pro-reform forces in the country, through implementing partners.
Uchaguzi Bora (2012-2013)
In 2012-2013, Uraia implemented the Uchaguzi Bora Initiative (UBI) whose overall goal was to build a critical mass of citizens working for participatory, peaceful, free and fair general elections. The UBI Programme facilitated civic and voter education through 57 Implementing Partners and 357 civic educators countrywide and strengthened the capacity of 57 CSOs and 357 civic educators to carry out civic education. The Civic and voter education resulted in increased access to civic and voter education and over one and a half million Kenyans were reached directly and 20 million Kenyans reached indirectly through mass civic and voter education. The Programme marked an increased knowledge among the Kenyan citizenry with regard to their rights and responsibilities, with over 43 per cent rating their knowledge as average, 22 per cent good and six per cent excellent. The UBI Programme led to increased participation of people in governance and electoral processes at 78 per cent and contributed to the large voter turnout of 86 per cent.