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The Liberal Party of Denmark and Centre for Multiparty Democracy-Kenya

The Partnership between the Danish Liberal Party (Venstre)/The Danish Liberal Democracy Programme and Centre for Multiparty-Kenya was launched in November 2011. Through a focus on inclusion of youth in political parties and strengthening of the communication skills of political parties, the partners seek to strengthen democracy in Kenya. The partnership was approved by the DIPD Board in September 2011, and in December 2012 extended until the end of 2013.

Nanna Louise Jensen from the Liberal Party at the launch in Kenya_Nov.2011

Nanna Louise Jensen from the Liberal Party at the launch in Kenya_Nov.2011. Photo: Venstre/ DLDP

About the Partnership

The overall goal of the DLDP-CMD collaboration is to enhance the institutional capacity of political parties in Kenya through supporting the inclusion of youth in politics and the development of innovative communication strategies for political parties. Several activities are implemented on a cross-party basis to address the political tensions which especially arose at the backdrop to the 2007 election.

See also: Kenya Country Profile

Youth in Politics

A number of youth took part in the post-election violence in 2007-2008, leaving youth with a reputation as “troublemakers”. This has amplified the tendency not to recognize youth as a resource for political parties and political life in general – in particular problematic in a country as Kenya, where more than 70 percent of the population is under the age of 30. To address this challenge the project seeks to develop strategies for the inclusion of youth in politics.

Activities during phase 1 included a national conference for youth across political parties who came together to discuss ways of empowering and strengthening youth participation in political parties as well as how to utilize the content of the constitution and Political Parties Act to do so. Also, a number of county cross-party debates on youth participation were held culminating with the development of a youth charter.

The second project phase taking off in March 2013 will focus on enhancing the capacity of elected youths at National and County level to remain faithful to and promote their party manifestos, advocate and prop up the implementation of youth aspirations as captured in the youth charter formulated through the County debates, and strengthen youth wings as platforms for articulating youth aspirations in mainstream politics. Activities encompasses cross-party dialogue involving leadership and youth to share experiences and best practices on empowering young people to meaningfully participate in party strengthening.

Political Communication

Lack of communication within and between the political parties in Kenya is likewise a massive challenge to democracy in the country, how come the project seeks to strengthen communication within and between the political parties.

Activities during phase 1 involved workshops for members of the parties on communication tools as well as the development of generic materials on political communication. A communication Guideline for Political Parties was launched in Nairobi on the 31st October 2012 in the presence of among others MPs, General Secretaries and Communication Officers from the 25 member parties of CMD.

Download ‘Creating Effective Party-Based Communication – A Guideline for Preparing a Communication Strategy for Political Parties’ (PDF)

In phase two, activities will focus on deepening ownership and knowledge of the party manifesto through training of elected leaders and party officials at National and County levels on communicating the party manifesto as well as through national conferences with the ruling and opposition parties on internal and external communication focusing on espousing their ideologies, agendas and policies and remaining relevant in between elections.

The project is set to run until the end of 2013

Centre for Multiparty Democracy – Kenya

Multiparty Democracy-Kenya (CMD-Kenya) was established in March 2004 with support from the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) to facilitate the growth of and perpetuate multiparty democracy through the capacity building of political parties in Kenya.

CMD-Kenya’s main objectives are:

  1. Rallying political parties to be at the forefront of consolidation of democratic governance, and the rule of law.
  2. To facilitate the development of democratic, sound, policy-oriented, and effective political parties.

The Liberal Party of Denmark (Venstre)

Founded in 1871, the Liberal Party of Denmark (Venstre) is one of the oldest parties in Denmark. The party is following 10 years in Government currently in opposition, yet is with 47 out of 179 seats the largest party in the Danish Parliament. The Liberal party is member of Liberal International, and at European level full member of the European Liberal Democratic and Reform Party (ELDR).To manage their international DIPD projects, the Liberal Party has established the Danish Liberal Democracy Programme (DLDP).

CMD-Kenya and DLDP launch partnership, Nairobi November 2011

CMD-Kenya and DLDP launch partnership, Nairobi November 2011. Photo: CMD-K

More Information

Kenya- Country Profile

The Liberal Party of Denmark (Venstre)

www.dldp.org

www.cmd-kenya.org

Contact Program Manager for the Danish Liberal Democracy Programme, Bent Nicolajsen, at bn@dldp.org