Three Kenyans to participate in EU’s prestigious EDD Young Leaders Programme


European Development Days (EDD) is a digital event that puts interactivity first. This year’s theme is “The Green Deal for a Sustainable Future”. PHOTO/EDD


Three Kenyans are among 17 outstanding young people from around the world who are going to participate in this year’s European Development Days (EDD) conference to be held in Brussels, Belgium between June 15 and 16.

The three Richard Wambua, Joan Tonui and Sherine Omondi are winners of the EDD Young Leaders Programme Awards.

The award is given to young people who have innovative and creative approach towards the world development and European Development days provides them a chance to exhibit their views and encroach their views with the world leaders. This makes the young people to be innovative and make them more responsible and accountable to their nations.

European Development days initiates a programme of young leaders where 17 candidates all over the world aged between 21-26 are invited to share the stage with world leaders and talk about their experiences, present their ideas, and help shape the future of world development.

European Young Leaders get the chance to visit European institutions, participate in workshops, meet key policymakers and interact with other young people driving change around the world.

Mr Wambua, a progressive, hard-working Kenyan entrepreneur who founded the Meforest Initiative that addresses climate change via green tech through an innovative web and mobile application called GreenPap is in the EDD panel.

Richard Wambua. PHOTO/EDD

In his EDD panel, Mr Wambua will debate with UN leaders on how forests contribute to global biodiversity and food systems protection.  His app GreenPap was chosen by the government of Kenya as the official tree planting, survival and monitoring tool.

Mr Wambua is dedicated to developing Kenya, Africa and the global community to become more progressive, peaceful, sustainable and economically thriving. 

He who holds a Bachelor in International Relations and is the Director and CEO of Meforest Initiative & Greenpap Innovations that monitors tree survival and ensures a speedy and sustainable achievement of the Constitutional and Presidential Call to have 10 percent of Kenya’s Forest mapped by 2022.

Ms Omondi is a Programme Coordinator at K-SAMMIT, a community-based organization that trains farmers on the importance of sustainable agriculture and clean food production.


Sherine Omondi. PHOTO/EDD

K-SAMMIT also works alongside the local government to help farmers obtain rural credit for farming, to develop small rural markets, and develop good road networks for the farmers’ product to reach markets.

Ms Tonui is the founder of Green Towns Initiative, whose key project, Protecting the Flow of River, uses rivers to create sustainable livelihoods and focuses on growing bamboo and other indigenous water-friendly trees along the river that can replace exotic trees.

She holds a Master in Water, Supply and Sanitation and a Bachelor in Public Health.  The European Commission has invited young people from around the world to play an active role in this year’s EDD.

Joan Tonui.PHOTO/EDD

Organised by the European Commission, the European Development Days (EDD) bring the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. The EDD is a participatory programme.

The EC says young people are key drivers of policy making and change and their voices are heard at the EDD through the Young Leaders Programme, an initiative gathering 17 outstanding young people from around the world.

“Our Young Leaders will share their expertise, ideas and ambitions for a sustainable future in open and fresh debates,” the EC notes.

In the run-up to the Biodiversity COP15 in Kunming in October and the Glasgow Climate COP26 in November, one forum that consciously pursues inclusive programming to give a stage to many diverse and young voices is European Development Days, held on 15 and 16 June 2021 with a focus on biodiversity and a green economy.

Some 17 young leaders and environmental activists are already confirmed to speak on this year’s panels and to express their views on the need for coordinated action to preserve ecosystems around the world.

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