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Peace building, conflict mitigation and human security

The objective of this program seeks to create awareness, equip communities with knowledge and skills on Peace building and Conflict transformation for social justice, peace and security. Other strategies involve strengthening government-civil society partnership institutions and enhancing civil society capacity for effective participation in the security sector development creating strong local level peace structures and mechanisms for peace building and conflict transformation.

Projects

1. COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM THROUGH BUILDING STRONGER, MORE RESILIENT LOCAL COMMUNITIES IN THE COAST OF KENYA

Context and background of the project:

Kenya has since 2013 lost almost 600 lives through terrorist attacks and hundreds from violent conflicts. Levels of radicalization and recruitment of youth to radical extremism has been rising particularly in the Mombasa and satellite counties. Existing conditions conducive to the threat of radicalization include a challenging mixture of land disputes, centre/periphery inequalities and resentment against ‘upcountry citizens’, religious tensions and a nascent separatist movement. Culpability for much of the violence rests on non-state forces such as MRC- and Al-Shabaab-affiliated groups, criminal gangs and political/tribal militias.

With financial support from the State Department of the United States of America, Kenya Community Support Centre (KECOSCE) is implementing this "Countering Violent Extremism through building stronger, more resilient local communities in the Coast of Kenya with the aim of enhancing youth, law enforcement relations and promoting tolerance to diversity amongst the youth communities in Mombasa, Kwale and Lamu counties.

These objectives will be pursued through engagement and empowerment activities including nine youth discussion forums reaching at least 900 at-risk youth and four police and community outreach events as well as communication and messaging activities to counter extremist ideology including a dedicated web site, a dedicated Facebook page and related campaign and at least four community radio broadcasts.

     
About 40 youth and police officers were led by the Changamwe Officer commanding Police Division (OCPD) and the OCS in a talk on improving relations and reporting, that culminated in a police station clean up.   KECOSCE and T.O.T youth leaders from Mvita Sub-County carried out an awareness creation activity at Makupa Boys Secondary school where lessons on the necessity for increasing their resilience towards peer pressure and radical groups were given

 

2. COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM THROUGH MULTIMEDIA AND FORUM SERIES IN MOMBASA, KENYA

PROJECT SUMMARY

Kenya Community Support Centre (KECOSCE) is implementing this "Countering violent extremism through multimedia and forum series" in Mombasa County. The project is targeting youth aged 15 – 25 currently living in Mombasa. The project uses dialogues, and multimedia to engage youth, dissemination of key CVE messages and radio discussions facilitated by local respected personalities ranging from religious, community leaders, local government and youth peers.

In order to deepen youth understanding about Violent Extremism, KECOSCE is conducting forums consisting of a screening of the film “Watatu” that depicts the experience of a young coastal Kenyan Muslim man who becomes radicalized and recruited by an Al-Shabaab (AS) affiliate. The film highlights the dangers of participation in violent extremist organization activities and the un-Islamic nature of violent extremist ideology. An experienced facilitate then moderates a discussion with the audience about the film during the forum. The process is video recorded for documentation and analysis. Each forum is attended by not less than 200 youth and the project anticipates to reach to 1,200 youth in Mombasa within six months who will in turn share the information and skills/knowledge acquired to their peers in their groups, family and at community level.

As part of its public outreach and awareness campaign, KECOSCE is conducting two week radio talk shows. The radio program is being conducted in partnership with Radio Salaam (a local FM radio station with national coverage and listernship of almost 300,000 per day. The discussion features CVE themed discussions with key communicators and will discuss current terrorist activities, the dangers of AS, the advantages of cooperation with moderate Muslim institutions, and cooperation with the government of Kenya. The radio talk shows are conducted through Live airings weekly on Tuesday and Thursday between 1600hrs and 2100hrs local time.

KECOSCE collects data to assess quantitative and qualitative results of amongst the youth focusing on changed attitudes, numbers of your participating and level of tolerance to diversity amongst participating youth population.

Live airing radio program    
A radio program being conducted in partnership with Radio Salaam    Film Screening Forum

 

3. BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS FOR PEACE AND SECURITY FOR COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM IN THE COAST OF KENYA (BRICS)

PROJECT SUMMARY

Kenya community Support Centre (KECOSCE) has been in the peace building and conflict management sector for the last eight years.  KECOSCE’s  past efforts have been to empower communities in the coast region and deny terrorism a hotspot for new recruits.  This is achieved through engaging coast communities mostly the youth who are at-risk of recruitment and radicalization; countering violent extremist narratives and messaging; and strengthening organizational capacity to counter violent extremism as well as creating linkages and bridges with security actors (law enforcement).  

KECOSCE, with financial support from United Kingdom is implementing this ‘Building partnerships for peace and security for CVE (BRICS). The aim of the project is to improve police-community relations by reducing the threat environment in the Coast.  The project is conducting activities that encourage individuals to feel better able to engage in Kenya's democratic process and freely express their views and grievances in non-violent ways.  The project uses peace building and conflict management approaches, interfaith dialogues, promotion of moderate voices to counter the ideological challenge of terrorism.  The project has  established stronger ties with Ministry of Interior particularly the Kenya Police Services, Directorate of Peace building and conflict management (NSC), the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) and the Kenya Police, Administration Police's first line operation officers to build confidence and trust with communities and to reduce human rights violations.

 

Walk With me Mvita!    
"Walk With me Mvita!" KECOSCE Conducted a sub county dialogue on improving police and community relations in enhancing security and countering violent extremism. Key stakeholders participating included The Deputy County Commissioner, Officer Commanding Police Division, The Administration Police Commandant, NIS officers, Assistant county commissioners, chiefs, and community stakeholders.   KECOSCE Conducted an awareness workshop for front line police officers drawn from Police stations and AP posts in Kwale county. the officers were sensitized on national values and sensitivity in dealing with diverse religious, ethnic and racial communities in countering violent extremism. These officers will now engage with the public on building trust and collaborations for security