Who we are
We are a team of young change-makers who believe that every helping hand can create a better future for everyone.
With the ever increasing integrity concerns in the society ranging from corruption and unethical behavior to social inequality and lack of trust in institutions, we came together to help develop initiatives to counter this menace. According to transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index 2020, corruption remains a global challenge. Out of 180 countries assessed, two -thirds scored below 50 on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). According to the same report, the average score for African countries is 32 out of 100 while Kenya scored 31 out of 100, indicating a significant corruption challenge. According to the Democracy Index 2020 by the Economist Intelligence Unit, only 8.4% of the world’s population lives in a “full democracies”, while 35.6% live in “flawed democracies”, and 35.% live in “hybrid regimes” or “authoritarian regimes”. There is variations in democratic governance across the African continent with some countries scoring higher than others, this is according to the Ibrahim Index of African Governance 2020 ranks on their performances in key governance indicators. In Kenya, the Democracy Index 2020 ranks Kenya as a “flawed democracy” with a score of 5.52 out of 10.
Corruption is a significant problem in many communities, with officials and institutions engaging in unethical behavior for personal gain. When individuals lack trust in public institutions, it can lead to reduced civic engagement, apathy, and lack of accountability. Social inequality is pervasive problem in many communities, with marginalized groups experiencing discrimination and disadvantage. Environmental degradation is a pressing concern that affects communities worldwide, with human activity leading to pollution, deforestation, and climate change. Young people may feel disengaged from communities, leading to a lack of civic participation and a sense of alienation.
All of us agree on a shared solution of utilizing citizen-led integrity building approach to help fill in the gaps and amicably solve the problems. We believe Integrity building initiatives help promote transparency, accountability, and ethical behavior in public institutions and reduce opportunities for corruption. It helps rebuild trust in institutions by promoting transparency, accountability, and ethical behavior. Furthermore, Integrity building initiatives helps to promote fairness, justice, and equal opportunity, reducing the gap between the rich and the poor. Additionally, it promotes sustainable practices and responsible behavior, reducing the impact of human activity on the environment. Integrity building initiatives engage youth in community activities, promote positive values, and encourage ethical behavior, helping to build stronger, more connected communities.
We are now running several programs and projects that promote community integrity building. These include Education and awareness-raising campaigns (workshops, training sessions, and information campaigns on topics such as corruption, transparency, and accountability), Community engagement initiatives to promote civic participation and build trust in public institutions (town hall meetings, community forums, and other events that bring together community members and public officials to discuss issues of concern), Integrity awards and recognition programs to honor individuals and organizations that demonstrate exemplary ethical behavior (awards for public officials who demonstrate transparency and accountability, or businesses that operate in an ethical and socially responsible manner) Monitoring and evaluation systems to track progress in promoting community integrity building (setting up mechanisms to monitor corruption and unethical behavior in public institutions, or conducting surveys to measure public trust and confidence in these institutions), Supporting civil society organizations that promote community integrity building (providing funding, technical assistance, and other forms of support to organizations that work to promote transparency, accountability, and ethical behavior in the community) and Building partnerships and networks with other organizations and stakeholders to promote community integrity building (establishing partnerships with civil society organizations, academic institutions, and other stakeholders to promote research, advocacy, and policy development).
All the above help build stronger, more resilient communities that are better equipped to tackle the challenges of the future.
Our mission is to empower young people with the knowledge, skills, and resources to become lead agents of change in promoting integrity, ethical leadership and social justice.
Our vision is to build a world in which all individuals and communities have the tools and resources they need to sustainably thrive, and where integrity, democracy, and social justice are valued and promoted.
We are committed to effectively and sustainably achieving our mission and ultimate vision. We work on empowering citizen, with huge interest in young people, by providing them with the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to become leaders and change agents for community integrity building. We provide education and awareness-raising programs that promote ethical behavior, transparency, and accountability among citizens. We have outlined activities that advocate for policy reforms and legal frameworks that promote integrity, democracy and social justice as well as lobby for the implementation of these reforms. We also believe in the power of community engagement in bringing in the change the society desires. In the spirit of collective action yields better results, we collaborate with other civil society organizations, community groups, and government agencies to promote community integrity building and advocate for policy reforms and legal frameworks that support this vision. Due to the ever increasing utilization of digital tools, we encourage citizens to use their creativity and innovation to develop new ideas and strategies that bring lasting impact on their communities. People from all backgrounds are welcomed to support us in this journey! We appreciate diversity and inclusion.
The Youth4 Integrity Building is a youth-led organization that promotes integrity, democracy and social justice in Kenya and beyond thereby, building strong, just, resilient and thriving communities. According to transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index 2020, corruption remains a global challenge. out of 180 countries assessed, two -thirds scored below 50 on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). According to the same report, the average score for African countries is 32 out of 100 while Kenya scored 31 out of 100, indicating a significant corruption challenge. According to the Democracy Index 2020 by the Economist Intelligence Unit, only 8.4% of the world’s population lives in a “full democracies”, while 35.6% live in “flawed democracies”, and 35.% live in “hybrid regimes” or “authoritarian regimes”. There is variations in democratic governance across the African continent with some countries scoring higher than others, this is according to the Ibrahim Index of African Governance 2020 ranks on their performances in key governance indicators. In Kenya, the Democracy Index 2020 ranks Kenya as a “flawed democracy” with a score of 5.52 out of 10.
We believe that young people have a critical role to play in promoting in this journey. According to the United Nations global youth population (15-24) was estimated to be 1.2 billion in 2019 . We are committed to working with young people to build the skills and knowledge they need to become effective advocates for integrity and ethical leadership. We believe that by engaging and empowering young people, we can create a ripple effect that will lead to positive change in communities around the world. We are creating a safe and inclusive learning environment for all participants, and we welcome individuals from diverse backgrounds to join us in this important work. Our programs and activities are designed to provide young people with the tools and knowledge they need to become effective advocates for integrity and ethical leadership. We offer a range of training and mentorship opportunities, as well as networking and community-building events. In our collaborative and partnership spirit, we are committed to promoting innovation and creativity in our work. We believe that by embracing new ideas and approaches, we can find more effective ways to promote integrity and fight corruption.
At the heart of our work is the belief that integrity and ethical leadership are essential for building a just and equitable society. We are inspired by the many young people who are already working to promote these values in their communities, and we are committed to supporting and amplifying their efforts. Our work is inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16, which calls for the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies, access to justice for all, and the building of effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels.
We believe that by working together, young people can create a brighter future for themselves and their communities, and we are committed to playing our part in making this vision a reality. Ultimately, our vision of building strong, resilient, and thriving communities is grounded in the belief that every individual has the right to live in a world that is free from corruption and where integrity and ethical leadership are valued and promoted. We are committed to working towards this vision, and we invite all young people to join us in this important work.
Citizen-led integrity building is a crucial aspect of developing strong, resilient, and thriving communities. Through this approach, we strive to create a culture of honesty, transparency, and accountability within the community, which in turn fosters trust, cooperation, and mutual respect among members.
One of the key components of citizen-led integrity building is promoting ethical behavior. We encourage community members to act in ways that are consistent with accepted standards of conduct. We develop empowerment initiatives that aid in holding individuals accountable for their actions and ensuring that ethical violations are addressed promptly and appropriately.
Furthermore, we work on promoting transparency. We work to ensure that information is readily available to all members of the community, and that decision-making processes are open and inclusive. This helps to build trust among community members, as they are able to see that decisions are being made in a fair and equitable manner.
Additionally, we promote accountability by ensuring that individuals and organizations are held responsible for their actions. We create mechanisms for reporting and addressing wrongdoing, such as whistleblowing hotlines or grievance procedures. By holding individuals and organizations accountable, the community is able to maintain its integrity and prevent corruption and other forms of unethical behavior.
Lastly, we endeavor to promoting civic engagement. We run initiatives that encourage community members to take an active role in shaping the future of their community. This can include participating in local government, volunteering for community organizations, or simply being informed and engaged citizens. By promoting civic engagement, the community is able to harness the collective talents and resources of its members, and work together to create a better future for everyone
We strongly believe that developing strong, resilient, just, and thriving communities requires this kind of approach. By promoting ethical behavior, transparency, accountability, and civic engagement, communities can build a culture of trust and respect that fosters cooperation and collaboration. This, in turn, can help to create a more vibrant and prosperous community for everyone. Let’s do this together!
We work on realizing the following statistics
We have numbers that push us to give in our best and make sure that we break our own records. These include the number of people and communities benefiting from our programs, percentage of program participants who report an increase in skills, knowledge and positive change in behavior, number of partnerships and collaborations, level of support from volunteers and supporters, level of social media engagement as well as funds and resources mobilized. We are happy to be growing and helping more day by day.