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She Trade Project

Kilifi County has a total of twenty nine thousand, seven hundred and twenty (29,720) licensed small and medium enterprises with women owning 39.2%. There are two hundred and seventy one thousand, five hundred (271,500) unregistered and unlicensed informal businesses of which women own 64.7%. The unregistered informal trade employs three hundred and thirty eight thousand, six hundred and seventy-six (338,676) traders out of which 64.7% are women[1]. The unregistered traders experience many challenges ranging from poor quality services (i.e. social amenities and security). Most of the traders secure market spaces in the thirty-five (35) formal markets in the thirty-five wards.

To respond to the needs, the County has established a Trade Department under Trade, Industrialization, Cooperative Development, Tourism and Wildlife Ministry to ensure resource mobilization; policy guidance & law enforcement to ensure compliance to various laws; provide soft loans and guidance to potential traders and businesses. Through the Department, the County plans to establish two main markets, namely: (a) Construction of a modern fresh produce market at Mazeras; and (b) Construction of a Retail /wholesale market at Mtwapa. In addition, the County in 2016, Trade License Act which imposed an array of levies upon traders (including unregistered/unlicensed) was enacted[2].The County has also drafted Trade and Markets Bill which aims, among other things, to provide for the regulation of trade and other business activities, the establishment and management of markets.

Despite the above efforts by the County government, the County still lacks policy guidelines on trade and markets environment. This is partly why the introduced Bill and the Trade & License Act misses on basic elements. In addition, implementation of some of the clauses will require proper policy directions. For instance, the Trade and Licensing Act proposes authorised streets for hawking yet implementation of this section has remained a tall order as no regulations have been developed owing to lack of policy directions. In addition, women and hawkers have also reported unfair and/or discrimination in market spaces/stalls allocation. The county has no formal guidelines for allocation of market spaces. The new regime presents a threat (loss of business) to unlicensed traders as the market spaces and stalls will only be available for the licensed traders. While it is good regime, most women small scale traders (who are the bulk of the unlicensed) can not afford to county licenses.

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East Africa Young Women’s Leadership Mentorship Initiative (EAYWLMI):

The project is born out of the realization that active involvement for women and girls in leadership positions and policy makings is minimal hence the project seeks to strengthen, mentor, empower and build movements of young women and girls between the ages of (18-33 years). This enabled the opportunity to be presented to the beneficiaries on empowerment towards having voices on Leadership, decision making, and Policy-making skills. The project is responding in addressing the issues around leadership and advocating for the implementation of women policies including 2/3 gender rule that has stalled in the Kenyan parliament.

Young women and girls continued to have minimal safe spaces and opportunities within their environments, this presents a danger on the low engagements in leadership positions, inappropriate involvements in elective representations, decision-making levels and lack of role models for young women and girls to mentor and provide strategic vision.

If these are not addressed, then the young women and girls will continuously be faced with other related challenges such as early marriage, inadequate educational opportunities, and poor problem-solving skills, poor entrepreneurial skills and unemployment of women and girls resulting from gender inequalities and lack of visionary leaders to provide safe spaces for women and girls.

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Countering Violent Extremism through Anti-Corruption in Eastern Africa:

Countering Violence Extremism through Anti-Corruption in Eastern Africa was an 18-month funded project by UNODC that was piloted in Zanzibar (Mwera and Ngambu Police Stations), Mombasa (Likoni and Changamwe Police Stations) as well as Nairobi (Pangani and Shauri Moyo Police Stations). This Project will focus on the impact of anti-corruption initiatives on acts of violent extremism within the pilot policing communities. This Project will be housed within the Internal Affairs Unit in Kenya and the Zanzibar Police Commission Zanzibar.
Main objective:

a) To improve trust among Police, Media and Community members; and b) Enhance reporting cases of crime, radicalization, bribery

– Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC)
– Transparency International (TI)
– Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR)
– Internal Affairs Unit (IAU) in the National Police Service
– Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA)

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