Kuza, in its current form, has come to an end.
We wanted to write to you to provide formal notification that the Kuza Project funded by UKAID, and implemented by Adam Smith International came to a close on June 30th. We have really appreciated your support and engagement in making Kuza a success and are very grateful to you for having played a key role in the delivery of the project. We thought you would be interested to know that by the end of the project we estimated that we created 2,894 new jobs for marginalized youth in Mombasa County. A total of 7,244 youth benefitted from the work we have jointly undertaken. We believe this is a real testimony to the support and commitment we have enjoyed from all our partners.
Although the UK Government, through UKAID, has now ended its funding for Kuza, the work of the project will continue through the creation of two new local coastal institutions. Both entities are entirely independent from UKAID and are intended to carry forward the legacy and learning of Kuza, whilst building on and replicating the successes we have achieved.
Two entities, one goal: The first organization, the Imarisha Vijana Alliance, is a membership network founded by many of the different community based organisations that have worked with Kuza over the past 3 years to train and support marginalized youth in Mombasa County. IVA’s mandate will be to increase information about, and access to, employment opportunities among marginalised youth in coastal Kenya. The contact person for IVA will be its Chief Executive Officer, James Katana. James can be reached at [email protected] and on 0733665530.
The second organization, Kuza Plus, is in the process of being registered as a Mombasa based consultancy company. Its long term mission will be to support the economic transformation of coastal Kenya and to do this it intends to provide services to those organisations looking to access growth capital and consultancy services in growing their businesses. It also intends to provide consultancy services to the county government, national government and donor community, primarily in the areas of economic planning, business environment reform, investment promotion, labour market reform and institutional capacity building. The founding members of Kuza Plus will also be in touch with you over the next few months once the company has been legally registered.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank UKAID for all of its support over the past 3 years and to wish both IVA and Kuza Plus well as they embark on the journey of continuing to support the critical task of youth employment at the coast.