Launch of “Sauti Mtaani” Platform-Phase 1

On 27th November 2013, CEEC launched “Sauti Mtaani” an E-Participation platform comprising of an SMS service and a Facebook application which seeks to facilitate engagement between the youth and their Members of County Assembly (MCAs). The project is piloting with twelve wards in four informal settlements in Nairobi namely; Dandora I, Dandora II, Dandora III and Dandora IV Wards (Dandora) Mabatini, Hospital, Kiamaiko, Ngei and Mathare North Wards (Mathare), Pipeline and Kwa Reuben Wards (Mukuru) and  Korogocho Ward (Korogocho). The SMS platform known as Tumatext (send a text message) is a web based portal which will enable the youth to send text messages to a number designated to their respective MCA who will in turn respond to their concerns from any web enabled device. This means the MCAs will able to communicate with the youth from their wards from anywhere in the world as long as they have internet connectivity. The Tumatext platform is linked to a Facebook Application to further broaden the reach. The Sauti Mtaani platform is part of the Youth and Devolved Governance project supported by Heinrich Boll Stiftung, East Africa / Horn of Africa Regional Office which aims at enhancing youth participation in devolved governance.