Youth Biodiversity Workshop – 2nd October 2013

CIC Insurance Group Ltd and its partners  KCA University and African Biodiversity Conservation and Innovation Centre (ABCIC) held a workshop to create awareness among University students on nature-based entrepreneurship in October 2nd 2013.

The workshop held at KCA University is part of activities under CIC Insurance Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme, I am a Co-operator Phase Two, aimed at addressing rising level of unemployment among the youth.

The second phase of the programme, Investing in the Kenyan Youth for Posterity, applies the co-operative model while promoting nature-based entrepreneurship in reducing unemployment among the youth.

According to CIC Insurance Group CEO, Nelson Kuria, the programme is aimed at integrating the youth in national economic development by creating employment opportunities through engagement in co-operative movement and environment conservation.

“The youth is the future of this country and you cannot talk about sustainability without talking about them. For us to exploit our natural resources in a sustainable manner and conserve environment we must involve the youth,” Mr. Kuria told a packed hall of University students.

The students were drawn from KCA University, University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, Jomo Kenyatta University, Pan African Christian University and United States International University.

Through I’m A Co-operator, CIC Insurance hopes to directly impact about 3,000 young people directly and a million more indirectly by training the youth on leadership, environmental conservation, and cultural integration.

The second phase, which focuses on ecology, will involve generation of information through research, engaging the youth in biodiversity/natural resources based enterprises for sustainable livelihoods, environmental conservation, capacity building and formation of new co-operatives while strengthening new ones.

In a key note address at the beginning of the workshop, ABCIC Director, Dr. Dan Kiambi, said youth unemployment in Kenya is worrying with statistics showing 60% of the population under the age of 30 being unemployed.

Dr Kiambi said there are numerous opportunities in nature-based entrepreneurship, which the youth can exploit to earn a livelihood while at the same time protecting the environment.

CIC Insurance Group Marketing Manager, Michael Mugo, said the insurer will continue to provide the vision of broadening the scope of co-operatives to reach out and include the youth.

He said the youth can inculcate the culture of savings and become economically empowered through cooperatives and regretted that the co-operative movement has in the past years sidelined the youth.