CABE successfully hosted Utafiti Sera – a platform facilitated by Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) (http://www.pasgr.org/); which brought together community of practice of various stakeholders to effectively engage and transform research evidence-based knowledge for policy uptake on employment. As a host of Utafiti Sera, CABE organised forums on topical issues on Employment Creation in the context of Inclusive Growth in Kenya (Phase 1) and Youth Employment Creation in Agriculture and Agro-Processing in Kenya(Phase 2).
Employment Creation in Agriculture and Agro-Processing in Kenya.
Centre for African Bio-Entrepreneurship (CABE) with funding from the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) was hosting the Research-Policy Community of practice (Utafiti Sera) on Youth Employment Creation (YEC) in agriculture and agro-processing in the context of Inclusive Growth in Kenya.
The overall purpose of this grant was to assist PASGR in the coordination and implementation of Research-Policy Community activities aimed at bridging the gap between research and public policy. This would be achieved by;
i) providing policy-relevant research evidence on what works to promote youth employment
ii) making evidence available to policy makers in user-friendly formats; and
iii) providing spaces for discussions to inform government policies and practice which can help tackle challenges of youth unemployment in Africa.
The specific objectives of Utafiti Sera on YEC were:
i) Build, facilitate, enhance and sustain a vibrant research-policy community on employment creation and inclusive growth in agriculture and agro-processing;
ii) Synthesize new and existing relevant research evidence on youth employment creation in agriculture and agro-processing and make them available to policymakers and practitioners using policy briefs, newspaper articles, and infographics; and
iii) Engage key policymakers and practitioners through direct contact, policy advocacy and use of productive employment and inclusive growth champions during breakfast meetings, policy debates, workshops, and various other venues.
The materials developed during the second phase are: