In a County characterized by social-economic exclusion by colonial government and perpetuation of marginalization by post-independent government, the position held by women and youth in catching up with the rest of the Country in development has not taken centre stage. This is despite the county boasting youthful population with 68% of the population aged between 0-24 years; 28% between 15-29 years and 48% of the population being women[1]. Marsabit County is currently experiencing armed conflicts among the local tribes creating a hostile environment for social and economic development, with the brunt of the conflict faced by women, youth and Children

[1] , 2017 population projection from 2009 National Population and Housing Census; County Government of Marsabit County Integrated Development Plan, 2013-2017

Gender and cultural barriers: Social and cultural factors among the patriarchal communities of Marsabit County contributes to poor representation of women and youth in leadership positions and their participation in democratic processes. Tradition dictates that men and elders are decision makers and financial controllers while women and youth are left with communal household chores particularly among illiterate pastoralist communities. Whereas Marsabit County continue to progress in social paradigm in towns and urban centres, the concepts and views of women in decision making is largely ignored