Violent extremism presents a serious and growing threat to security, development and welfare in Kenya and the wider region. Despite numerous stakeholders being engaged in CVE throughout the country and the increasing amounts of state and donor funding directed at this area, the work in this area is often diffuse and disjointed. Further, considerable efforts are undocumented, or under the radar.
CHRIPS responded to this need by establishing a CVE Research Hub that brings together researchers, policy-makers, practitioners and grassroots activists and community-based organisations from across Kenya to share and exchange ideas, build relationships, and network among scholarly and practitioner communities working on CVE in Kenya.
Through this exchange and network, the CVE Research Hub supports and facilitates high-quality research, practice and policy that is evidence-based; founded on rigorous, high-quality research; inspired by best practices and successes; coordinated and connected across disparate stakeholders; and monitored and mapped for accountability, transparency and effectiveness. Our partners include the Institute for Development Studies at Sussex University (IDS) and the Newton Fund/British Council.
Rights-Based Approach to Countering Terrorism
This project aims to provide a consolidated reference platform of information on Violent Extremism (VE), Counter Terrorism (CT) and CVE in Kenya, mapping out the actors, deconstructing and identifying the underlying causes and pivotal factors such as trigger events and the various responses to them. This reference platform will provide a road map for actors in CVE to engage in countering and preventing VE within the rule of law.
Potential risk factors for radicalization, taken in isolation, fail to reliably explain violent extremism and subsequently result in responses that are not only comprehensive but also in violation of human rights and the rule of law. CHRIPS has thus far responded to the gaps in CT and CVE through:
Developing a compendium on CT and CVE in Kenya;
Developing a policy brief on gaps as regards CVE/CT in Kenya and holding policy dialogues with policy shapers, policy makers and constitutional mandate holders in order to influence relevant policy reforms;
Establishing an observatory to monitor terrorist incidents, counter terrorism operations, counter violent extremism measures;
Establishing a CT/CVE network bringing together civil society and state actors that work on CT and CVE issues for knowledge sharing.
Our partners include The Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA)