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, though making important contributions to the goal of reducing the risk of violent extremism.
CHRIPS aims at responding to this need by establishing a CVE Research Hub that bring 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 in CVE in Kenya.
Through this exchange and network, the CVE Research Hub will support and facilitate 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.
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 not comprehensive but also in violation of human rights and the rule of law.
Our partners include The Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA)