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.

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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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Policy Brief: Mitigating electoral conflict in Kenya’s 2017 General Election

This policy brief analyses the challenge of ensuring peaceful 2017 general election in Kenya and makes recommendations to mitigate the risks posed by the polls. The views expressed in this brief are exclusively those of the author.

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Policy Brief: Securing Nairobi’s Poor Neighborhoods Policy Considerations for Enhancing Community Participation

This policy brief suggests a policy trajectory that draws lessons from the assessment of community-led security mechanisms in Mlango Kubwa in Mathare sub-county and Kawangware, in Dagoreti North sub-county of Nairobi.

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Effectiveness of Alternative Community -Led Security Mechanisms in Urban Eastern Africa : A research Agenda

The absence or inefficiency of public security institutions in low income informal settlements has led to proliferation of multiple ‘alternative’ mechanisms to provide security. The alternatives range from vigilantes and criminal gangs, to ethnic militia and private security companies. In the East African region, various strands of community policing have been promoted to enhance public participation and collaboration with the police to prevent and respond to crime. This report documents alternative ‘community-led’ security mechanisms that have organically evolved as self-help measures to protect residents from spiraling crime in urban informal settlements.

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Policy Brief: Strengthening Community Policing in Kenya: Options and Recommendations

This policy brief sets out the evolution of community policing in Kenya to date, and provides analysis on the key challenges hindering the realization of effective community policing in the country. It features short case studies of community policing practice in Tanzania and South Africa, and concludes with policy options and recommendations that can be pursued to strengthen community policing in Kenya. The views expressed in this policy brief are exclusively those of the author.

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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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