Naajibika Awards Campaign Launch

About Naajibika Awards

Naajibika (citizen responsibility) Awards is one strategy through which PAWA254 under the Sauti Tetezi Project graciously funded by the US Embassy in Kenya seeks to enhance youth participation in Governance and Social Accountability processes in Kenya.

The award seeks to RECOGNIZE and REWARD individual youth and youth collectives that are active in ensuring good governance in Kenya by ‘Actively Participating’ in activities in their communities that in one way or another translates to enhanced benefits and/or improvement in the quality of life for the youth themselves and also those of their wider community.

Naajibika Awards is all about highlighting GOOD GOVERNANCE PRACTICES of active citizens in our society and in so doing help inspire other citizens to consciously make the decision to be active and not passive citizens in their spheres of influence.

The Governance issues highlighted should be related to either functions of the County Government or the National Government. The highlighted change story should be a function that either of the two governments should be invested in and have neglected and/or done poorly and that the entrant(s) took up and ensured completion and/or lobbied for it to be redone properly.

Governance issues that the competition will give prominence to include issues of; Corruption in Government Offices, Issues to do with Stalled Development Projects, Issues to do with Management of Public Funds, Enhanced Public Participation to ensure prudent use of resources, Reclamation of grabbed public spaces or any other issues that bestows certain quantifiable benefits to the public.

Requirements for Participation

  1. Eligible age 18 – 35 years.
  2. Open to Nairobi County Residents ONLY.
  3. Entries allowed for Individual or Group categories.
  4. Applicants should correctly fill and submit the google form for Individual or Group application.
  5. Work submitted must be original and authentic and done by the person or group submitting the form.
  6. Work submitted must have been done in the past one year beginning June 2020 to Present.
  7. Submitted application must demonstrate impact at the community level.
  8. Artistic submissions must be work done by upcoming not established artistes. Upcoming for the purposes of this call is an artist who has been producing art but has not been commissioned or had a public showing.
  9. Theme addressed in the applications MUST be around governance issues ONLY.
  10. Acceptable Submission formats for this campaign are STRICTLY limited to photos, videos and written stories.
  11. Group initiatives submission must include both genders. Single gender submissions will not be eligible for this campaign.
  12. Applicants for the individual and group category must not have been winner’s in previous governance awards.
  13. Applicants MUST demonstrate INNOVATION in their submission.
  14. By participating in this campaign permission is granted to PAWA 254 and U.S. Department of State to release, publish, broadcast, or quote this material in public information programs and activities. Content procured may be included in future speeches, on the Internet, through multiple broadcast channels, and print media. Use of content (image, audio, or ideas) will not be used for commercial purposes.
  15. Team PAWA family members are not eligible to participate in this competition.
  16. Applications by Groups for the groups category must be registered with the Government of Kenya. Proof of this will be required.
  17. Groups MUST have been registered and operational for at least 2 years.


Naajibika Awards will feature two categories from which awards from first, second to third prize will be awarded to the winners.

  1. Individual Category

This is open to all young people who are actively involved in governance activities in their various localities/communities.

  1. Group Category

This is open to all youth groups that are actively involved in governance activities in their various localities/communities.


The Naajibika Awards is available to individual youth and youth groups resident in Nairobi County only.

Mode of Submission

For both the Individual and Group categories submission of entries must be in the following formats; Video, Photos and Written submissions.

  1. Video format, please ensure the video is a maximum of 5 minutes.
  2. Photos, create a photo story of maximum 10 photos.
  3. Written submissions please send a PDF document typed in Times New Roma Font 12 double spaced and not more than three pages in length.

All submissions should be through this link:  Naajibika Awards Campaign Submission Form between 28thJune – 25th August 2021.

It is important for participants to note that Naajibika is all about transforming our communities/society through active participation in Governance. All submissions should therefore FOCUS on IMPACT of your actions/collective actions that resulted in an improvement of the lives of those affected by your initiative either at an individual or collective/group level.


The Naajibika Awards will award in kind (Cash equivalent of the prize will be used to purchase materials/assets that advance governance cause by the applicant).

(a) For the group category the prizes shall be as follows;

  • 1st Prize – Kshs 100,000/=
  • 2nd Prize – Kshs 75,000/=
  • 3rd Prize – Kshs 50,000/=

(b) individual winners the prizes will be as follows;

1st Prize- Kshs 50,000/=

  • 2nd Prize -Kshs 35,000/=
  • 3rd Prize – Kshs 25,000/=

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