Turi kumwe Development Foundation foresees a community engaged in collaborative arrangements to influence policies, ensure transparency and accountability, and sustainable natural resource use and Management. Turi kumwe Development Foundation continues to promote the protection of water catchment areas through a number of activities including water catchment conservation interventions, formation and training of tree nursery groups, promotion of Rain Water Harvesting in bid to reduce surface run-off while storing water for production and consumption, reforestation, etc.
Through implementation of joint strategies with relevant implementing partners that are geared towards conservation efforts, critical thinking and joint solutions based on local traditional cultural best practices that centre on maintaining natural resources, springs, wells, wetlands etc have been developed. Traditional cultural best practices dictate that communal natural resources should be well protected and conserved as communal resources; thus the “burungi bwansi” concept that is geared towards shared values and shared community local solution approach to protect the environment, water and heritage conservation.
TDF recognizes the contributions that youth can and already facilitate the inter-generational exchange that lies at the heart of sustainable development through; Supporting youth engagement in water policy processes, including through joint learning and capacity building on youth engagement with youth and partners; Cultivating youth-led initiatives for advancing good water management and governance; and Leveraging water resources management to build employment opportunities and innovative approaches relevant for youth interested in contributing to building a water secure world.
Meaningful youth engagement and the empowerment of youth is an intentional participatory process for TDF in which young people’s ideas, expertise, experiences, and perspectives are integrated throughout programmatic, policy, and institutional decision-making structures so as to best inform outcomes. The importance and benefits related to engaging youth in water governance and environment processes, highlights key challenges and consideration relating to youth engagement, identifies approaches that can be used to further promote meaningful participation of youth, and highlight noteworthy youth water and environment action networks.