Sauti Yetu Debates a platform for grassroots political dialogue between political aspirants, elected officials, and community members.
Sauti Yetu seeks to encourage communities to exercise their democratic rights and engage elected leaders based on development issues relevant to them. Sauti Yetu creates a non-partisan space for elected leaders to engage directly with their communities to learn about local issues and create healthy relationships between communities and government. Currently Sauti Yetu debates have been held in 40 wards spread in Nakuru, Nairobi and Garissa counties.
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Prior to the March 2013 General Elections, Sauti Yetu engaged political aspirants in twenty-four debates to discuss policy issues in non-partisan forums. Since the 2013 elections, Sauti Yetu has focused on creating healthy dialogue between community members and their elected officials through a series of over 40 community civic education forums, 40 joint forums with community members and County Assembly Representatives (MCAs), and 3 focus groups with elected MCAs.
Sauti Yetu’s programming operates in;
Nairobi County: Baba Dogo, Korogocho, Lucky Summer, Kariobangi North, Mathare North, Utalii Ward, Hospital Ward, Mabatini, Mlango Kubwa, Kiamaiko, Ngei and Huruma. Sauti Yetu shall expand to include debates in Kibra and Dagoretti constituencies.
Garissa County: Iftin, Waberi, Galbet and Garissa Township.
Nakuru County: Biashara, Flamingo, Kivumbini, Nakuru East, Rhonda, London, Barut, Kaptembwo, Kapkures, Shaabab.
Having successfully implemented both pre-election policy debates and post-election joint accountability forums between communities and elected representatives, Sauti Yetu has published two toolkits to enable community groups and organizations use the Sauti Yetu Model to mobilise, organise and host policy-oriented debates in their communities.