1.Gender (Engendering Reform Processes)
Over the years, Echo Network Africa (ENA) has been at the forefront of women empowerment agenda through working with various stakeholders to achieve its mandate. In 2020, ENA developed gender policy to provide guidelines for gender mainstreaming that addresses both institutional and programming aspects with a gender-sensitive monitoring and evaluation system is yet to be completed. ENA recognizes that gender equality as central to its core strategy towards the realization of effective and sustainable outcomes across all focus areas. The Gender Focus area will provide strategic and systematic support for the implementation of gender-responsive programs.
In addition, the Gender Focus area will continue to train focus area heads and support staff including the Local Implementing Partners to ensure that gender remains central in the organization.
TUVUKE Initiative has been at the forefront of peace building initiatives across the Country since 2011. TUVUKE Initiative which is hosted by ENA brought together 15 Civil Society Organisations engaged in electoral processes. The Initiative has implemented programs in peace and conflict interventions, women participation in electoral processes as well as media engagements. It was successful in strengthening peace building initiatives through local community interventions that helped to prevent, mitigate, and respond to politically instigated conflict. TUVUKE Initiative used the media platforms to enhance constitutionalism among Kenyans through the national values and principles of governance using of peace messaging. TUVUKE Initiative was able to empower communities to take full ownership of their own safety contributing significantly to their overall security hence becoming important partners with government security agencies. Ordinary Kenyans also embraced the media as a means of dialogue on issues of national and community concern. The diversity of the TUVUKE Initiative partners with enormous experience in peace building, human rights, inclusion constitutionalism, rural livelihoods and gender issues contributed to the realization of peace across the country.