Anne Rose Osamba

2022 IVLP Impact Award Project: Uzalendo Damia Fellowship (Forever Patriotic)Kenya
Anne Rose Osamba is a trained journalist, certified digital specialist, and a youth development expert. She specializes in communication for development by leveraging digital media for advocacy, branding and strategic communication. She is passionate about youth and women involvement in decision making, peace building and AFCFTA. Her work in peace building and conflict management focused on working with young people to co-create homegrown solutions that speak to the larger global resolutions. As a former Cabinet Secretary for Security Anne’s role also involved interrogation of legal frameworks and policies that speaks to security and youth. In her current role in the EAYPN, Anne coordinates peace efforts across the EAC region, particularly in documenting best practices and facilitating a learning platform for the youth of East Africa.


IVLP Impact Award Project: Uzalendo Damia Fellowship (Forever Patriotic)
Uzalendo Damia Fellowship (Forever Patriotic) explored the role of youth in elections. This project provided training to broaden political conversations in local communities. The approach went beyond political education towards practical politics, where youth were immersed in conversations around democratic values and political pluralism. Through this democracy incubation hub, the youth had a platform where they could learn about their constitutional rights and democratic responsibilities. The project aspired to transform youth from passive receivers of information into civic actors that will support youth-led movements, sustain local activism and empower active citizens.
The project took place over a two-day workshop. It engaged 25 young activists from three local counties. Additionally, the project engaged activists through a twelve-week online platform. This platform provided structured conversations modeling inclusive political participation. The conversations exposed youth to their roles in elections and democracy in sub-Saharan Africa. This program was piloted in 2021 with the support of John Hopkins University through the Democracy Moves Network. The project had 21 participants from Mombasa County. Uzalendo Daima Fellowship (Forever Patriotic) modeled inclusive political participation, sensitizing participants in tolerance, accountability and issue-based political conversations. The project successfully increased the number of youth voters in the 2022 Kenyan elections and expanded the workshop ideas to different parts of Kenya.  

"The program has been instrumental in shaping my leadership journey” and “The fellowship has enabled me to learn more about why my civic duties matter." - Project Participant

IVLP Exchange Experience 

Anne was a participant in the IVLP Project Youth and Civic Engagement I organized by the U.S. Department of State and Meridian International Center.

Anne's exchange experience led to the development of her IVLP Impact Award Project: "IVLP allowed me to learn and document best practices from other change-makers across the globe. I made strong connections that are very helpful with my IVLP Impact Award."

U.S. Communities Visited Virtually

Birmingham, AL; Washington, DC; Pensacola, FL; Louisville, KY; Boston, MA; Salt Lake City, UT

Country: Kenya

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