NCIC-UNDP Partnership 2011-2013
What is the project about?
The National Cohesion and Integration Commission is a statutory body established under the National Cohesion and Integration Act (Act No.12 of 2008). The Commission draws its existence from the National Dialogue and Reconciliation Agreement that sought to provide a peaceful solution to the political impasse and violence that had engulfed the country after the 2007 general elections. The object and purpose for which the Commission is established is to facilitate and promote equality of opportunity, good relations, harmony and peaceful coexistence between persons of the different ethnic and racial communities of Kenya, and to advise the Government on all aspects thereof.
Entrenched patterns of exclusion, discrimination and human rights abuses remain serious obstacles to social change and democratic governance in Kenya. Economic and political exclusion, unequal distribution and access to resources, and other forms of discrimination and violence prevent large segments of the country’s population from realizing their full potential and being more active participants in the development of their communities. The attitudes and behaviors which underlie exclusion, violence, and discrimination and other human rights abuses draw on traditional beliefs and practices, the colonial legacy as well as discriminatory and inequitable post-colonial patterns of economic development and political control. These were the root causes of the post-election violence (PEV) 2007/2008.
PEV was a watershed moment for the country. It represented the worst breakdown ever of democratic and constitutional governance in Kenya. It also confirmed the democratic fragility of the country following a cyclical trend of democratic progress and reversal in the era of post-multi-party Kenya. The ever-present danger of the country spiraling into further violence remains real. On the flip slide however, this situation provides an opportunity to precipitate regeneration and renewal of an integrated and cohesive Kenyan society.
The Commission is working to realize its statutory mandate by focusing on five interrelated key result areas namely:
a) KRA 1: Increased knowledge and transformational practice on national reconciliation, cohesion and integration;
b) KRA 2: Elimination of all forms of discrimination based on ethnic, racial, religious and social origin in Kenya;
c) KRA 3: Strengthening good governance and implementation of the new constitution through emphasis on equitable access to public resources;
d) KRA 4: Promoting research and monitoring of the status and trends of national peace and stability and advising the relevant state agencies;
e) KRA 5: Facilitate operationalization of laws, policies, and practices that counter ethnic, racial and religious tensions;
f) KRA 6: NCIC Organizational growth and development.
g) KRA 7: Expeditious resolution of complaints and disputes lodged with the Commission
sharing, publicity, advocacy and lobbying, networking and collaboration, and investigations and complaints handling including litigation, reconciliation, and referrals, to achieve its objectives.
I) Information, Education and Communication, (IEC) and Advocacy Strategy
The NCIC Act 2008 provides a strong basis for communication as a core activity of the Commission. The objects and functions of the Commission in article 25 refer to communication as a vehicle for the realization of the Commission’s goals.
I) Handling Complaints, Conducting Investigations, and Enforcement of the Commission’s Decisions
The Commission is mandated to investigate on its own accord or on request from any institution, office or person any issue affecting ethnic and racial relations.
II) Promoting research and monitoring of the status and trends of national peace and stability and advising the relevant state agencies
The Commission is the government’s institution mandated by the NCI Act to take leadership in framing and informing cohesion and integration discourse in the country.
III) Institutional Strengthening Strategy
For the NCIC to be able to deliver its mandate, it needs to be institutionally strong. The Finance and Administration Department are charged with the responsibility of institutional strengthening.
IV) Youth Engagement Strategy
The NCIC has developed an elaborate youth engagement strategy that seeks to among other things, create a platform for positive transformation of youth by encouraging them to harness new strategies, tools and platforms to promote national values, fusion of culture and national identity.