THE EASTERN AFRICA YOUTH NETWORK
Presented By Joram H. Oranga-Chair of the Youth Coordinating Team to the RCNET Steering Committee
_____________________________________________________________________________________ The EAYN established a Coordinating Team (CT) composed of 6 members drawn from Kenya RC, MauritiusRC, Uganda RC, Burundi RC, Sudan RC and Malagasy RC serving a one term of two years. The CT is taskedwith the responsibility of building the network, fostering youth relations, creating and identifying newopportunities and supporting the youth agenda in line with Solferino Declaration, Strategy 2020 and the 7
Pan-African Conference Commitments. CT reports to the Youth Assembly composed of 2 representatives from the NSs meeting atleast once a year. EAYN is a network of all the youth of the 14 National Societies namelyBurundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia,Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda Red Cross/Crescent Societies.
Activities carried out by CT to date:-
–2 CT meetings held in August 2009 and June 2010 both in Nairobi. –1Youth Assembly in September 2009. –Created a webpage for the network on Fednet with the support of the Youth Communication Unit inGeneva. –Created a discussion and interaction forum through social media to constantly update the youth. –Established a mail list for the youth with support of the Youth Communication Unit in Geneva (thoughstill expecting email addresses from the youth leaders). –Initiated a dialogue and inter-networking with other youth forums to share and learn experiences (AsiaPacific, Americas and Southern Africa Youth Network). –Identified immediate challenges. –Developed a short term strategy.The CT also initiated a Rapid Review of youth activities in the National Societies (NSs). The following 8 NSsresponded; - Rwanda RC, Ethiopia RC, Sudan RC, Kenya RC, Uganda RC, Mauritius RC, Madagascar RC andTanzania RC.
The following were realized;-
Youth make up 86% of the membership in the NSs.
Representation including in governance, youth structures and youth leadership is only at 26% withexception of Kenya RC, Uganda RC, Sudan RC, Burundi RC and Rwanda RC that have an average of above 60%.
Youth involvement in programme design is at 37% while implementation is 92%.
Funding of youth programmes is still low at an average of 37% of 8 NSs with most having no funds for youth activities at all.
It was also evident that National Societies have not invested in new programming for youth, with all the8 NSs that responded showing very strong attributes of repeated traditional activities.
Training and capacity building for the youth was negligible at 14%. Translating to very few growthopportunities for youth. Most opportunities target mostly the older members at governance boards levelagain where youth are hardly represented.
Staffing was another issue that proved to be thorny. All the 8 NSs said that where there exists ayouth program then they have a single programme officer to run the programme assisted byyouth leaders, majority had neither youth programme nor any staff for the youth.
Linkages, networking and exchange programmes for the youth within and outside the NSs wasat 9%. Meaning there is no information sharing completely between the youth programmeswithin the network with exception of Sudan RC (Norwegian Youth Exchange) Uganda RC