Yesterday, the British Deputy High Commissioner Susie Kitchens was joined by the Acting Department for International Development (DFID) Kenya Country Director, Ms Sarah Montgomery for a partnership and collaboration meeting with Professor Margaret Kobia at the Cabinet Sectretary’s office.
Margaret Kobia has been Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for the Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs since January and prior to her current position, she served as the Chairperson of the Kenya Public Service Commission.
During the meeting CS Kobia, Ms Kitchens and Ms Montgomery discussed creating a platform for youth business owners from the two countries for purposes of mentorship. They also explored ways of creating opportunities for involving the Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) with the National Youth Week celebrations that are currently ongoing.
The three also look at engaging in the National Youth Policy review process and partnering in taking the Anti-FGM programme forward in view of the changing form and context of FGM as currently practiced.
Following the meeting, Ms Montgomery Tweeted: “Great meeting with CS Margaret Kobia to discuss how the UK High Commission and DfID can work with the Ministry of Public Service Youth and Gender Affairs to help young people in Kenya achieve their potential whether better jobs, choices in family planning or training and skills.”
The Deputy High Commissioner also used Twitter to thank the Cabinet Secretary for their “Useful talks on how the UK High Commission can work with [CS Kobia] to support youth choices and opportunities.”
Discussing #SafeSpaces4Youth on International Youth Day
Later, the acting country director of the DfID spoke at a International Youth Day celebration at the High Commission.
Through the work of the High Commission and the DfID, the UK is supporting young people in Kenya through their advisory panel and mentoring programme with UN Women Africa, family planning and Girls’ Education Challenge Fund.
— UK in Kenya (@UKinKenya) August 9, 2018
The meeting hosted at the High Commission was debating Safe Spaces for Youth, described by Ms Montgomery as an “impassioned discussion about choices and opportunities for young people in Kenya.”