Consolidating the Peace Processes and establishing foundations for a successful political transition in Kenya: 2010-2013

What is the project about?

This is a three-year a national programme whose overall objective is to strengthen the capacities of both state and non-state actors at the national and local levels in conflict prevention, management and resolution. Strategic objectives include: strengthening national capacity for conflict prevention; expanding the coverage of District Peace Committees (DPCs); supporting Civil Society Organizations’ (CSOs) activities to prevent and manage violence around the 2013 general elections; responding to the challenges posed by the proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALWs); deepening national cohesion and integration; strengthening political dialogue; and mainstreaming the role of youth and women in peacebuilding.

The ‘Consolidating the Peace Process’ is composed of several outputs as listed below:

a. National capacities for peace building strengthened

 

This is a three-year a national programme whose overall objective is to strengthen the capacities of both state and non-state actors at the national and local levels in conflict prevention, management and resolution. Strategic objectives include: strengthening national capacity for conflict prevention; expanding the coverage of District Peace Committees (DPCs); supporting Civil Society Organizations’ (CSOs) activities to prevent and manage violence around the 2013 general elections; responding to the challenges posed by the proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALWs); deepening national cohesion and integration; strengthening political dialogue; and mainstreaming the role of youth and women in peacebuilding.

The ‘Consolidating the Peace Process’ is composed of several outputs as listed below:

b. Strengthening political leadership, national cohesion and Integration



Implementing Partner: National Cohesion and Integration CommissionDonor Partners: UNDP BCPR, Sweden, Norway and UK DfiD.Project Duration: 2010-2013

NCIC (www.cohesion.or.ke) is a statutory body established in 2008, after the post-election crisis and the subsequent political negotiations is supported through Staff and institutional capacity building and various activities, including:

  • building capacities to monitor and investigate hate speech
  • conducting ethnic diversity conversations and community dialogue
  • support to lobbying activities for incorporation of cohesion and integration in the national education policy
  • media events including televised debates on themes relating to cohesion and integration such as the Cohesion Quest, and documentation of short histories on Kenyan ethnic communities
  • development of IEC materials on cohesion and integration, and the publication of an NCIC annual newsletter “Closing the Gap”.

c. Control and management of SALWs

Implementing Partner: Kenya National Focal Point on Small Arms and Light Weapons (KNFP) of the Ministry of State for Provincial Administration and Internal Security.

The activity aims to strengthen the capacity of the KNFP to control and manage the proliferation of illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons by establishing and building capacity of the District Task Forces (DTF) and DPCs; and conducting research and awareness creation and community disarmament initiatives.

d. Peace Dividend Projects in Pastoralist Areas

Implementing Partner: National Drought Management Authority (NDMA)

The project aims to consolidate peace in pastoralist areas and increasing access to natural resources, and to improve inter-communal and cross border relations through shared peace dividend projects including vocation skills trainings for youths and reformed warriors.

e. Youth in peace building

Implementing Partner: Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MoYAS).

The activity targets youth, including those involved in violent criminal activities, and seeks to promote dialogue and reconciliation and reduce vulnerability of youths to criminality, armed violence and recruitment in militias through training on business skills and economic empowerment; capacity building of youth peace ambassadors and training of the National Council; support intercommunity exchange programmes; and co-ordination and provision of technical support to Constituency Development Associations (CDAs) in value chain addition and peacebuilding.

f. Women leadership in peace building

Implementing Partner: Maendeleo ya Wanawake Organization (MYWO)

The activity aims to increase the role and visibility of women in Peace building at national, county and community levels and will provide grants to implement viable quick impact peace projects in multi-ethnic counties.

g.Capacity building of CSOs to promote state and non-state interactions in peace building

Implementing Partner: Partnership for Peace (PfP) - is a platform for Kenya’s CSOs working in the area of peace and security. PfP is supported through capacity building bringing together CSOs initiatives on peace building, and support for activities ranging from thematic state of security seminars and holding of national colloquiums on topical issues to inform policy.

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