The second National Annual Youth Dialogue has kicked off in Nairobi County at International Leadership University.
The two-day event comes after a similar successful event was held in Siaya County in 2016 where matters on how to counter violent extremism were deliberated.
The conference brings together more than 300 youth leaders drawn from various youth networks from the 47 counties in Kenya, youths from institutions of higher learning, CSOs in the security sector, National and International NGOs among others.
The conference has been organized by County Governance Watch (CGW) in partnership with Counties Youth Leadership Network and is premised on the just concluded 2017 General Elections and past peace and security interventions before, during and after the elections by various stakeholders.
“This year’s theme is youth as active partners in driving the national peace and security agenda in Kenya,” said Mr. Kevin Osido, the Executive Director and CEO of County Governance Watch.
The conference is expected to culminate into the launch of the Youth Report on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and anti-radicalization which is a program of the County Youth Peace and Security Dialogue Series that CGW has been running together with the National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC).
“This dialogue series will draw from past county youth engagement processes and innovative experiences generated from from the Inaugural National Youth Conference on Countering Violent Extremism and Anti-Radicalization that was held in Siaya County last year,” said Mr. Osido.
Among those expected to grace the event is the Governor for Nairobi City County Mike Mbuvi Sonko and his Kisumu Counterpart Professor Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o. Former Speaker of the Senate Ekwe Ethuro is expected to attend as well as the Speaker for Nairobi County Assembly Beatrice Elachi.