Assessing the Status of Youth Employment in Kenya
KIPPRA conducted a stakeholder workshop on Youth Employment Status in Kenya. The workshop, which took place in Nairobi on 17th May, 2018, was geared towards taking stock of government efforts to create employment as well as engaging stakeholders with a view of coming up with policy recommendations to address youth unemployment. This is in line with the Vision 2030 that envisages to transform Kenya into a newly industrializing middle-income country providing high quality life to all citizens by the year 2030.
The workshop planning, presentations and preceding background study were done by KIPPRA’s Young Professionals (YPs) 2017/2018 cohort.
In her remarks, the KIPPRA Executive Director Dr Rose Ngugi said the Institute’s key role is to provide evidence-based public policy and build capacity through programmes such as the Young Professional (YP) programme. While explaining the transformative role of the programme, which has empowered youth for about 10 years, the director said the YP presentations were about them telling their stories and the stories of others who are unemployed, self-employed, and employed.
The YP presentations focused on labour demand, labour market entrants and productivity; Youth distribution, employment preference and their determinants; and a review of government initiatives.
Representing the PS, State Department of Planning was Dr Catherine Muoki, Director of Economic Planning responsible for infrastructure and economics. The PS speech highlighted the various empowerment initiatives put in place by the government in support of youth.
Mr Morris Ondiek, from the Youth Enterprise Development Fund gave a detailed presentation of the fund’s mandate, products, categories of beneficiaries and challenges facing the fund.
Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) was represented by the Gender and Youth Sector Board Chair, Ms Eva Muraya, who highlighted various initiatives adopted by KEPSA to create employment opportunities for the youth.
Apart from plenary discussions on the state of youth employment, participants also praised the KIPPRA YP programme for the role it has played in imparting skills and empowering the youth for the workforce.