Large Development Investment and changing governance in Northern Kenya: Challenges and prospects for building and sustaining peace

Large development investments are a key influence on the changing dynamics of poverty and inequality in remote rural areas. At the same time, building and sustaining peace in these areas is important to safeguard and strengthen local economic activity and livelihoods of the poor. This project seeks to examine the effects of large development investment on the nature and levels of conflict as well as their indirect political effects at the margins.

The specific objectives of the project are as follows:

  1. Advancing theoretical understanding of the relationship between violence, local politics and external investments in rural areas;
  2. Providing grounded insights through collecting and analysing data on local-level peacebuilding efforts in Turkana;
  3. Developing and sharing practical resources and policy guidance on how to strengthen local capacities for building and sustaining peace in situations of large, new investment in rural areas.

Our partners include the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex (IDS), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Department for International Development (DFID).