EASTERN AFRICA YOUTH NETWORK (EAYN)
The Eastern Africa Youth Network (EAYN) is composed of all the Youth from 14 National Societiesnamely Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Comoros, Seychelles, Rwanda,Burundi, Mauritius, Madagascar and Eritrea represented by their youth leadership in the Annual YouthGeneral Assembly. EAYN operates under the RC-Net and was established in September 2009 as a followup to the resolutions and commitments the E.A Youth delegates made in Solferino during the 3
WorldYouth Meeting. The youth in the Network mandated EAYN Coordinating Team to;--
discharge the objects of the network.-
advocate for youth governance, leadership and participation in decision making.-
enhance Social Mobilization.-
Share best practices.-
resource mobilization and identification.-
advocate for adoption of IFRC youth policy and youth structures.-
increase space for youth participation in the movement.-
develop, design and initiate new program opportunities to retain youth.-
develop a peer review mechanism to increase resource sharing, learning and interaction.The coordinating team (CT) held its half-yearly meeting at the IFRC Regional Office in Nairobi from June7
2010 presided by Joram Oranga (Kenya RC) the Chairman/President and attended by VanessaBandhoo (Mauritius RC) the Secretary and four members Hannignton Ssegrinya (Uganda RC), Jean Batiste(Burundi RC), Hassan Taha (Sudan RC), George Kinyanjui of IFRC OD office in Nairobi is the TechnicalAdvisor.The meeting was held with a view of addressing the challenges it has encountered since its inception andmap out a short-term strategy that would assist youth programs within the region improve their visibilityand inputs in the National Societies (NSs). Among the discussions was the review of the period betweenthe last and current meeting.
the following were noted;-
a rapid situational analysis done in eight National Societies showed representation of youth ingovernance boards and leadership is only at 27% comparably with a youth volunteer force of 86%of the total volunteers. While youth policy widely remains ignored and underutilized with only 37%of NSs having policies, Resource allocation for youth programs is at 33%. Evidently showing that alot still needs to be done in terms of youth targeting and development.
access to information by the youth in NSs is yet another huge challenge, very few RC Youth areable to get timely updates, periodic information, news, upcoming events and feedbacks while thefew who are informed is hugely due to their proximity to urban centers which greatly marginalizesand discriminates the rural youth with no such incentives.
NSs have no clear instruments of communicating to its youth, to enable youth communicate,interact and provide feedbacks. Most of the NSs rely on the traditional methods of circulars, lettersand emails to the branches/chapters which hardly reaches the targeted audience