2023 end year message from our Executive Director

Dear Africa’s Voices Stakeholders,

As we approach the conclusion of another transformative year at Africa’s Voices (AV), I am filled with gratitude for the unwavering support and commitment of our community. The year 2023 has been marked by incredible achievements, impactful projects, and the strengthening of partnerships that propel our mission forward.

Our journey to amplify voices and promote civic engagement has seen remarkable milestones, thanks to the dedication of our team and the generosity of our donors and partners. The essence of Africa’s Voices lies in the belief that every voice matters and has the power to shape a more inclusive and vibrant society.

In both Kenya and Somalia, Africa’s Voices demonstrated a commitment to empowering communities, fostering inclusivity, and utilising technology to amplify the voices of individuals often marginalised in traditional discourse. The achievements of 2023 set a strong foundation for continued impact and positive change in the years to come.

For instance, we spearheaded the “We Need Collective Action” project. The initiative aimed to promote public participation in climate change adaptation within the South Eastern Kenya Economic Bloc (SEKEB), covering Kitui, Makueni, and Machakos counties. Key recommendations drawn from the project were shared with decision-makers to inform the decision-making process concerning climate action in the region.

From the social behaviour change communications perspective, we addressed barriers hindering girls and young women from attaining self-sufficiency and independence from aid reliance in Kakuma Refugee Camp and Kalobeyei settlement. A key highlight from this project was residents appreciating that starting businesses is a crucial step toward financial independence, with 56.8% of participants recognizing it as a key income-generating activity for young women.

In addition, in Somalia, Africa’s Voices facilitated a community reflection on the societal norms, negative beliefs, and attitudes hindering women’s access to sexual and reproductive services. We aimed to create a supportive environment through constructive behaviour change messaging.

In total, 185,158 messages were received from 138,222 participants. Participants’ views were shared by decision-makers for action.

Friends, as we turn our gaze toward the upcoming year, the Africa’s Voices team is energised by the potential for continued impact. We are committed to expanding our reach, deepening our partnerships, and leveraging technology to further empower communities across the African continent.

None of our achievements would be possible without the steadfast support of individuals and organisations who share our vision for a more inclusive and participatory society. Your contributions, whether through financial support, collaboration, or advocacy, play a pivotal role.

As we conclude 2023, let us carry the spirit of collaboration, empathy, and resilience into the new year. Together, we can amplify more voices, inspire civic action, and contribute to a future where every individual’s voice is not only heard but actively shapes the narrative.

In our end of year newsletter, you will read more about our recent activities and achievements in Kenya and Somalia.

Wishing you a joyous holiday season and a prosperous New Year.

With gratitude,

Samuel Kimeu

info@africasvoices.org / samuel@africasvoices.org 

info@africasvoices.org / samuel@africasvoices.org 

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