Peace for Africa and Economic Development (PAD) is a grassroots-focused youth empowerment organization, first established in early 2008 in the wake of Kenya’s horrific period of post-election violence. PAD sort to address the underlying root causes that made the youth dominate in the conflict and remain engaged in socio-politically instigated criminal activities.
PAD therefore builds youth as catalysts for Amani (Peace) in ethnically sensitive, poverty-stricken and less-democratic Kenyan grassroots communities. PAD’s idea of peace is a situation of self-contentment of young people, which comes with access to economic opportunities, mutual understanding between ethnic groups and positive participation in democratic processes. We do this by creating youth empowerment opportunities on three vital and interlinked pillars that define our model: Fanaka, Ujuzi and Uongozi.