I just shared this story in another wiki that wanted me to say what I can do to promote youth employment...

My aspiration is to create jobs for others that are fulfilling by offering them services that enable them create jobs.
The situation of jobs in Kenya: Like in most developing countries, employment situation is not good for the youth, the resources that could generate employment are directed in what people think makes sense to the youth for political interest, meaning vote search, rather than wealth creation for the youth.

Greatest challenge for Kenya and Africa
We talk poverty too much. We expect to create jobs for us, yet we do not provide the infrastructure. There is too much inward looking in oppportunity generation.
Every leader or person in responsibility, including those with some resources like the Bank, think of how they can create jobs for the youth without looking at possibilities of collaboration with external actors in a PPP model to help generate jobs.
We have the challenge of always looking at the poverty of our economies as the driver and hence the reason for blame why we cannot generate jobs, yet many economies of the emerging economies invest much less than we do in Africa to create jobs. They only work in investing in infrastructure development through transparent systems/approaches. When technology is mentioned as a solution to unemployment, we take it too seriously and use unnecessary stereotypes. We want the government to invest and the bank or donor to supervise yet the people they appoint to supervise are just employees who want to write reports at the end of the day rather than thsoe who are keen in bulding organizations. Because we do not have people who want to build organizations, any report thjat is developed will be accepted and used for lesson learning.
We do not learn from lessons emerging from other places/countries/continents even when so much has been documented. Look at what other economies are doing with virtual working in the cyberspace...just received this read this artcile to see what I mean: http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2012/05/23/virtual-working-takes-off-in-ems/#axzz1vrnBaz91

What my country do to create more jobs for youth...
I have done some interesting consulting assignments on youth employment. They have been adopted piecemeal by the government, but more so to create jobs for some people or opportunities to well aligned organizations. Like most consultants I move on to look for another opportunity and hope that one day when the good Lord shines His face my way, I will be in a position to implement what the so called corrupt did not do...
Allow me to whine a bit so that I can garner your sympathy...if it helps just bear with me....am just human
Let me enmumerate this...
  1. If you my reader know Kenya, then you know the famous Constituency Development Fund. Its my organizational model that was taken over and adopterd by Parliament for Rural Development. It has worked and shaped governance in Kenya. This has been appreciably used but was supposed to advise rural developed through a public private modelling. It did not happen because the model of private engagement was to infuse competition in politics and so the sponsor to parliament removed the community investment in the funding...this killed the value addition what we sought in my work which I promote agricultural value addition and hence job creation where production takes place...see www.vacidafrica.or.ke
  2. You may also know the Youth Development Fund. It is an outcome of my consultancy. It has been the most miserable of all my consulting implementations. The youth I was working for and incubated because they were educated were the first to ensure that immediately they knew what organization I was proposing that gets created for them, they wanted me out. I was out, which also meant that I also left with the process thinking that would make the youth fund, and the youth employment scheme that was to go had in hand with this were never adopted. The model that is currently used in the ministry cannot sustain. No jobs can be created with the organizational model that the Ministry of Youth and Sports implements...not even the kazi kwa vijana that the bank has implemented with the government. You need a more credible model. We give it here.
  3. You know the Water Trust Fund...it works, needs more transparency and opportunities around irrigated agriculture can drive this economy. Lets discuss that some other time, but the water service boards can develop irrigation schemes...it does not happen, we only want water for drinking and that is done...
  4. There is a trust fund that many do not know about what was my passion to support the NARC government - the Street Family Rehabilitation Fund. This one was supposed to rehabilitate the many street families that were everywhere when the government came to change Kenya and we all felt Kenyan. My organizational model still works...but the linkage with entrepreneurship that we intended to pursue at Thunguma was killed by one of my employees who schemed with some government minsitry and we were again edged out from the implementation

I can go on and on because I consult on development and livelihoods using a combination of skills that I like telling people are rare, much as they do not make me rich...because money comes in implementing ideas rather than dreaming them out!
Just to blow my trumpet once more because no wiki of this nature has existed from the right organization...let me say that my models have been adopted to a great measure and shaped the practise of employment generation. I am also whining that the adoption has been poor or selfish by those given to implement and because as the designed I would like to see things run from the design script, am normally edged out in the implementation and not consulted when consultancies for that is done.
That however is the whining and not proposals on what can and should be done for my country.
I am now modelling what can be done which is what I want to share...

Allow me to share with you the Aquaculture, Value Addition, Agribusiness and Knowledge (AVAAK) Centre model, which luckily is also hosted as a wiki.
This model seeks to create ICT centres driven by what people do in Agriculture and with investment resources being drawn from the agricultural exploits that they may have in their locality. Every person, young, old, retired or working has the privilege of investing in an AVAAK centre as it is an entrepreneurship resource where knowledge is shared and market linkage of what is produced at the local level done.

The AVAAK Centre is a telecentre, driven by knowledge and investment of a people for their own development. It is what was originally thought of as the community owned development centre when the CDF was coined more than 10 years ago.

The good thing is that the model now has the support of Cisco Entrepreneur Institute and Telecentre.org and my own organizations that still promote youth incubation and support in developing their own organizations. I leave the businesses to be run by their youthful energy as I pursue the dream of dreaming for Africa. Visit them in person or through web at Octagon Data Systems Limited, which is the leading supplier of ICT solutions in Agriculture that Africa has ever seen..., WillPower Enterprise Development Limited which is the first private sector incubation company in Kenya that supports incubation of youths in ICT related enteprises and VACID Africa which you ghave visited if you follow the earlier provided links.

I want to be very selfish and say that my country needs to implement the AVAAK Networks, using the devolution that it is now doing and using the resourcefulness that I can help tap to help mould our youth.

I started this journey what I was a youth, now I have youths and I fear for them if things keep the direction and pace they are taking...