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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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Conflict Assessment Report : Peace, Security and Stability (PSS) Programme-Kenya 2016-2020
Kenya continues to face peace and security challenges that hinder economic development and which disproportionately affect areas that are already poor and marginalized. The key challenges are: Violent extremism (terrorism and radicalization); conﬂicts over natural resources (extractives and land); and political conﬂicts (elections, ethnicity and devolution). This report addresses these challenges and provides data and analysis on the peace and security status in the targeted counties of Garissa, Isiolo, Kilifi, Kisumu, Kwale, Mombasa and West Pokot.
Policy Brief: Potentials and possibilities of Irondo in securing communities
This policy brief originates from a study conducted on the Effectiveness of Alternative Community Led Security Mechanisms in Kigali Rwanda. The brief examines the effectiveness of mechanisms put in place by local residents to provide security. The views expressed in this policy brief are exclusively those of the author.
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Policy Brief: Options for strengthening JITU and Ulinzi Shirikishi as community-led security mechanisms in Dar es Salaam
Security provision has traditionally been regarded as a domain of the State. This, however, is no longer the case in that – security is currently provided and organized in different ways by the collection of formal, informal, commercial or voluntary establishments. This policy brief originates from a study conducted on the Effectiveness of Alternative Community Led Security Mechanisms in Dar es Salaam Tanzania. The views expressed in this policy brief are exclusively those of the author.
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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
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