Our work in Kenya

LPI’s Kenya Programme contributes to building sustainable peace through reinforcing community resilience to divisions and strengthing relations between social groups. In partnership with local civil society partners, LPI is supporting inclusive multi-staged community dialogue processes around critical issues that divide and connect communities, leading to collaborative peacebuilding action. LPI also supports civil society partners and communities to lift key issues that arise from the dialogues to relevant policy levels, to strengthen nonviolent approaches to dealing with emerging challenges linked to the countering of violent extremism, the implementation of devolution and the upcoming Kenyan national elections in 2017.

The programme is currently focused in the capital Nairobi—specifically Kamukunji Sub-County (Eastleigh, Majengo and Mlango Kubwa)—as well as Garissa County in northeastern Kenya. In partnership with the Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations in Eastleigh (CCMRE), affiliated to St. Paul’s University, LPI is engaging diverse community leaders in Kamukunji with a specific focus on religious leaders and women as peace agents. LPI works with local groups of young people on ‘Tubonge Mtaani’ Sustained Dialogue Project, targeting youth leaders in the city of Nairobi that can influence positive societal change. The dialogue-to-action cycle is moderated by young women and men aged between 18 – 35 over the course of one year.

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The Life & Peace Institute in partnership with the Rift Valley Institute organised a Horn of Africa Bulletin Forum on ‘P/CVE - the Good, the Bad and the Ugly’. The Forum brought together representatives from IGAD member states, prominent academicians, civil society groups and other relevant partners, from 11-12 January 2018 in Naivasha, Kenya.

Participants interrogated basic assumptions about ‘what works, where and when’ in designing policies and programmes that can help prevent or mitigate violent extremism in the Horn of Africa. A number of challenges mentioned also underscored the need to get P/CVE programming right by undertaking evidence-based design and implementation.

The Forum follows from the July-August 2017 issue of the Horn of Africa Bulletin, which has been publishing analysis relating to the Horn of Africa for the past 25 years.

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