Strengthening Interventions in Prevention of Violent Extremism in Kenya

Terrorism remains a continuing challenge in Kenya, as a result the government has acknowledged the need to embrace a prevention approach as part of its response to this problem. This preventive approach has recognized the need for better engagement between communities and the police, the need to promote alternative messages and find means of diverting young people away from the paths of violent extremism.

Crucially, that approach also recognizes the value in working with communities to address poor police-public relations and ensure adherence to human rights. Civil society actors as well as religious groups share in this approach and in Kenya, they have taken the lead in advocacy for reforms and change in police conduct. They have also led in collecting data on incidents related to violent extremism through their monitoring and documentation programs. Most of the detailed work on killings associated with security actors in counter terrorism has also been conducted by civil society groups.

There are however significant challenges that continue to limit the efforts in reforming the Kenyan government’s counter terrorism measures to ensure adherence to human rights and rule of law particularly, in the operations of the security services.

This research therefore seeks to address  identified gaps through generation of data and information on P/CVE; sharing of information, data, new ideas and emerging lessons with researchers and CSOs working on P/CVE in the Kenya; strengthening research and documentation capacities of CSO actors in P/CVE to better address human rights concerns; and to promote human rights in P/CVE in Kenya through international engagements.