The LYA 2019-2023 Strategic Plan is built on the backdrop of re-emerging youth -empowerment and sustainable environment challenges both at the county and national levels. The changing funding opportunities contributed largely by the global economic recession and changing donor priorities are threatening the youth empowerment gains that Lamu County and Kenya has made so far. In Kenya, the changing administrative landscape where government is devolved to the counties calls for realignment of the entire youth empowerment portfolio to ensure the proportion of budgets allocated for the same at the national level is also reflected at the county level.
Cases of poor youth empowerment in Lamu county has remained unacceptably high for the
past ten years and this could be further aggravated by the limited budgetary allocation
posing a great risk to the attainment of the country’s vision 2030. Youth empowerment
indices have had its worst performance in the year 2015 with unemployment rates being as
high as 26% in Lamu County. Accessibility of funding opportunities for youth
in Lamu County is still a major challenge with the same being replicated in other counties
within the republic. This is largely contributed by high poverty index among the youth, high
levels of stigma and discrimination as well as poor enforcement of policies that are
supportive of youth empowerment and promotion of sustainable environment.