Siasa place is a political hub and co-working space that provides an enabling environment for women and youth mainstreaming into our body politic and to help inculcate, ideological and issue based politics in Kenya. There are several affirmative action plans to place more women and youth in our politics however, these platforms will be useless if those sitting in these positions are not knowledgeable of their political domain powers and responsibilities.
It is our humble opinion that proper politics is essential for us (all leaders and voters) to achieve our set goals in the country and continent because politics makes public policy more efficient, effective and makes bureaucracies more responsive and accountable for meaningful socio-economic developments.
Additionally, our programs are based on research and documentation for substantive implementation. Therefore, we see it compulsory to be knowledgeable and informed of political states in Africa and to utilize credited research and information within our systems currently in Kenya and eventually Africa.
Our Vision – To influence people who normally shy from politics and change their mindsets by highlighting the correlation between politics and day to day living. Active citizenry participation, having an inclusive platform for people with the will to lead, educating on the functions of a leader, and responsibilities of voters.
Our Mission - To inform and engage on how politics directly affects the society through relatable communications
The creation of SiasaPlace is informed by the following quotes: “I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of society but the people themselves, and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.”
Thomas Jefferson “The worst illiterate is the political illiterate. He hears nothing, see’s nothing and takes no part in political life. He does not seem to know that the cost of living, the price of beans, of flour, of rent, of medicines all depend on political decisions...” Bertolt Brechet
University engagements Named ‘Siasa talks’ these are on campus events with students where SP educates on the different articles of our constitution to youth and how they can participate more. Mount Kenya University Maseno University, Kenyatta University Hekima Peace Studies Institute Moi University,
University election observation (University of Nairobi) Through our department of electoral and governance processes we recognize that most young people will vote for their first time on campus. On that note; we conducted a research to understand how students vote and is there a relation to national voting?
Community dialogues: Mombasa budget reading Change in Leadership (chp. 6) Responsibilities of a citizen Intergenerational Dialogue
World Trade Organization (youth discourse) What does WTO mean to young people? Held as a one day event where several youth led stakeholders came together to discuss the impact of trade and WTO.
Election Safari is a program that encourages young people to write about what they observe during this election year. We have 11 writers from across Kenya and eventually the works will be compiled into a published work – youth perspectives in 2017. Getting an understanding of what is important to young people during that time and where they receive their information.
Every Wednesday for the past two years we host online tweet chats. We have had over 100 on #SiasaWednesday discussing matters electoral processes and governance and educating youth on avenues to public participation.