The Kenya SDG Forum has been organising a series of Community Dialogues in 5 counties with the theme of “Leave No One Behind”, commonly known as the LNB Dialogues, supported by CIVICUS (World Alliance for Citizen Participation). The aim of the dialogues is to enable the voices of some of the most marginalised communities in the country to share their feelings with regard to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and for the Kenya SDG Forum to gather information on the levels of exclusion that are experienced by citizens in the different counties.
It is intended that the insights gathered in these dialogues will then be shared with the Kenyan government as Kenya prepares for Vision 2030 Medium Term Plan III and in other national planning process. Kenya is among countries that have volunteered to report during the next High Level Political Forum in 2017 at the international level and this therefore afforded an opportunity to the SDG Forum to shape the agenda locally and also be part of the implementation and reporting process.
The 5 dialogues took place in November December 2016 in the following counties: Kakamega, Machakos, Meru (together with Isiolo), Kajiado and Nakuru. Each was organised and hosted by a different member of the SDG Forum and specific marginalised groups that were targeted throughout the process were Women, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), Young People, Pastoralists, Rural People and Older Persons.
The specific objective of the dialogues was as follows: “To ensure effective engagement of the youth, persons with disabilities, older persons and rural and marginalised women and men in the implementation of the SDGs.”