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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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.


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.



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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