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Raphael Obonyo.



Raphael is the convener of The Youth Congress, a vibrant youth led initiative in Kenya that provide mostly young men and women in the urban slums and other informal settlements with a platform to enhance youth leadership and meaningful participation in socio-economic and political processes for improvement of their livelihoods and that of their community members at large.

He has been involved extensively in the promotion of good governance, human rights, democracy and development in Kenya and at the international level. He has founded a number of organizations. He is the founder of Miss Koch Initiative, Koch FM Community radio, The Youth Congress, Nacka-Nairobi and K-Youth Media. Raphael is a strategic advisor and a member of key youth organizations and organizations working on youth related issues at the local, national and International fora. Noteworthy, he was instrumental in the process that resulted to amongst others the national Youth Policy and the National Youth Council Act in Kenya. He has been involved at different levels with youth initiatives in Africa, Europe, Asia, North and South America.

Raphael is a Ford Foundation IFP-fellow and is candidate master student in Public Policy and International Development at Duke University. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce-Finance major from the University of Nairobi. 

In addition, Raphael has worked and served as a consultant with the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR), Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC), Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), Centre for Governance and Development (CGD), African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC) and other agencies on projects and programs dealing with Youth, Public Policy, Development, Governance and Human Rights. He has published several reports and research works over the years.

He is also an independent columnist on youth related issues with Nation Newspaper in Kenya. Through the column he has been able to prompt action by youth and other actors on significant issues that impede on youth development.

Raphael grew up in Korogocho, a sprawling urban slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Having been born and raised in harsh conditions in the slums, Raphael had a personal experience and has been conscious of the negatives effects of urbanization, underdevelopment, poverty and poverty related problems.

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