Peace, Security and Stabilization in Counties of Kenya

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 and Security Governance – Technical Assistance

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.

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Assessing the Effectiveness of 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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Civilian oversight and accountability of the Intelligence and Military

In public and policy debates, the reform of the security sector in Kenya has been seen as integral to enhancing security, democratization and socio-economic transformation in Kenya. Laws have provided a stronger framework for oversight and accountability, including the Constitution, the National Police Service (NPS) Act, the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) Act, the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) Act and strengthening of the legal framework of the Internal Affairs Unit. These laws have resulted in a scale up of accountability measures for the police.

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Building and sustaining peace at the margins: large development investments and peacebuilding in rural Africa

The Institute for Development Studies (IDS) in the University of Sussex and CHRIPS are partners in a project aimed examining how conflict, local governance and peacebuilding arrangements in the rural margins in Kenya and Sierra Leone are affected by the new large-scale investments. CHRIPS is involved in the Kenya phase of the project, undertaking the study in Turkana with IDS, running from 2015 – 2016.

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Violence and dynamic change in eastern Africa: A regional symposium on trends, dynamics and conditions of violence in the region Nairobi, October 12-13 2015

The Institute for Development Studies (IDS) in the University of Sussex and CHRIPS partnered in convening a regional symposium on 12 and 13 October 2015, focusing on the dynamics o violence in eastern Africa precipitated by pursuit of large scale development projects in parts of the region. The symposium brought together a small group of researchers from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Sudan and Ethiopia to share new work relating to questions on the impact of large scale developments and the trends, dynamics and patters of violence in the regions. Key questions for consideration included:

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