The Centre for Human Rights and Policy Studies
The Centre for Human Rights and Policy Studies (CHRIPS) is an independent think tank, research and policy development centre. CHRIPS invests in the generation and dissemination of knowledge that facilitates the development of innovative and effective policy solutions to the pertinent security challenges in Africa. Through its work, CHRIPS seeks to advance rights and social justice.

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CHRIPS Engagement

Devolution and Security Governance

Kenya’s devolved governance structure introduced by the 2010 Constitution has precipitated significant changes, not only in service delivery and administration at county levels, but also in security governance and deployment. Devolution has handed the day to day running of counties to 47 elected county governments, which include the governors and the county executive committees as the executive branch and county assemblies as the legislative branch. The overall governance of security remains a national function managed by the national government. However, devolution introduces new variables to the processes that generate both security and insecurity as well as to the management of security in general.

Research

CHRIPS is uniquely positioned to deliver the technical support through research and generating policy-relevant knowledge in the areas of human rights, crime and policing as well as terrorism and counter-terrorism. CHRIPS activities include strengthening evidence-based research capacities as well as generating evidence-based data to inform policy formulation and decision making. This includes working with CSOs, government agencies and other institutions at county and national levels, to enhance knowledge as well as technical capacity to collaborate in countering radicalization and violent extremism; to enhance formal and informal recognition of and engagement with women in peace and security activities as leaders, as catalysts for change and as partners for solutions; and to enhance capacities of relevant national and county government agents to develop and implement coherent national security policies, action plans.

Publication

TOWARDS DEMOCRATIC POLICING OF KENYA’S GENERAL ELECTIONS.

This Policy Brief presents a set of guidelines on policing elections, drawing from the lessons of the previous elections in Kenya, especially the 2007 elections which spawned Kenya’s worst election-related violence and resulted in sharp criticism of the police. It presents recommendations for measures that will enhance a democratic approach to policing the elections.

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Events

17 November 2016

Forum on SDG16 and violence reduction in Africa

IDS Sussex and CHRIPS

Nairobi

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December 2016 

Security in Decentralized Contexts

International Conference

Nairobi

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Our Research Work

CHRIPS undertakes studies aimed at generating knowledge that contribute to the urgent and compelling policy and development considerations of the day in Africa. We specialize in research focused on security, governance, law and policy development and the interplay of these factors. We also pay attention to the nuanced and underlying factors such as gender dynamics and class considerations. CHRIPS excels in primary and secondary research, with a growing portfolio on surveys and quantitative data processing. We initiate research based on important current issues as well as work in bilateral and multilateral partnerships with other development-oriented groups.

Peace, Security, Stability

The Danish country programme for Kenya 2015–2020 includes a Thematic Programme on Governance focus, under which CHRIPS partners with Act Change Transform! (ACT!) as the lead engagement partner and grant manager to deliver on initiatives aimed at improving peace stability and security in particular counties.

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Devolution & Security

Kenya’s devolved governance structure introduced by the 2010 Constitution has precipitated significant changes, not only in service delivery and administration at county levels, but also in security governance and deployment.

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Community-led Security Mechanisms

CHRIPS is leading a four-country project that examines the organization and delivery of security through initiatives that are led by communities in low income urban neighbourhoods, the hypothesis being that state security engagement in low income neighbourhoods views the residents as a source of crime and therefore security for the residents within the neighbourhoods is not a priority

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Publications

CHRIPS generates innovative, relevant and forward-looking original work drawn from research and from expert reflection on current affairs related to security, governance, law and policy development. Many of our publications are available under the Open Access policies. Some are available for purchase.

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Towards Democratic Policing of Kenya’s General Elections.

This Policy Brief presents a set of guidelines on policing elections, drawing from the lessons of the previous elections in Kenya, especially the 2007 elections which spawned Kenya’s worst election-related violence and resulted in sharp criticism of the police. It presents recommendations for measures that will enhance a democratic approach to policing the elections.

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Missing the Point: Violence Reduction and Policy Misadventures in Nairobi’s Poor Neighbourhoods

This report examines prevailing understandings of violence in Nairobi and how it is addressed, as well as the limitations of existing violence mitigation measures. It assesses a number of measures that could be incorporated in a wider strategy to address and mitigate violence in Nairobi’s poor neighbourhoods.

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Preventing Violent Extremism in Kenya: Policy Options

This policy brief discusses some of the drivers of violent extremism in Kenya, and the available policy opportunities that Kenyan and regional policymakers should consider to effectively address the problem of violent extremism.

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Resources

CHRIPS makes available other important written work, policy documents and laws related to security, law, governance and policy development in Africa.  We also provide a bibliography of authorship that is relevant to security, governance, law and policy development in Africa.

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Commentary

Just when Kenya’s military needs more civilian oversight, a proposed bill calls for less

In this analysis Patrick Mutahi argues that if the Kenyan government’s KDF Amendment Bill goes through as planned, Parliament will effectively lose its constitutional oversight of the army.

This article was first published in africanarguements.org on October 1, 2015

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Security cooperation likely to be central agenda in Obama visit

Writing in the East African, Mutuma Ruteere discusses why security was likely to top Obama’s agenda in his historic first visit to Kenya and Ethiopia as President of the United States.<!–more–>

This article was first published in The East African on July 25, 2015

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