Research firm Ipsos Kenya on Tuesday, December 15 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the State Department of Youth under the Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs.
The MoU sets the stage for collaboration between Ipsos and the ministry on various focus areas. The partnership will see young Kenyans receive training and technical expertise in the research field.
It will also see Ipsos undertake grassroots research on various issues affecting the youth.
In addition, Ipsos will be involved in the development of a Youth Development Index. Similar indices in other countries measure the status of youth over time; exploring domains such as health, education, employment, civic participation, entrepreneurship and political participation.
As part of the partnership, Ipsos will also offer advisory services on measurement and evaluation of youth programs by the ministry.
The MoU was signed by Ipsos Country Manager Chris Githaiga and Principal Secretary for Youth Affairs Julius Korir.
Ray Ochieng’, Youth Affairs Secretary in the ministry, welcomed the partnership noting it would create opportunities for Kenyan youth.
He further observed that the ministry would benefit from accurate evidence and data on youth affairs.
“The new partnership with Ipsos will support empowerment and nurturing of young researchers and help us (Ministry of ICT) move forward with evidence based youth programming,” he wrote.
At the same time, Ipsos launched its IYD Youth Survey report which explores the state of youth in Kenya.
Among other things, it explored mental health challenges faced by the youth noting that out of the norm interventions were required to secure the wellbeing of young Kenyans.
Social media use, entertainment and farming were named among the common coping mechanisms by youth.