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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.

Inorder 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 leass 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.

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.

KECOSCE in partnership with Allavida Kenya and Comic Relief is implementing the community empowerment project in Samburu Division targeting Mtaa, Taru, Samburu and Mackinon Road locations. The project entails capacity building, awareness creation and advocacy. The aim is to increase business and entrepreneurial skills with a bias in aloe value chain addition, increase access and ownership of land and natural resources assets and land rights. We will empower communities to enable them to access and use of public and private resources such as quality health, education and other services provided to the community as well as maximizing the benefits of devolution and the new constitution.

In line with the provisions of Article 10(2)(a), 96, Article 232(1)(d), of the Constitution, KECOSCE in partnership with USAID/PACTWORLD and Mensen Met Een Missie is implementing this project in Tana River and Mombasa Counties. The purpose of the project is to empower citizens to be able to constructively participate in the management of county affairs and engage with the county assembly and the Governor with the aim of improving services delivery to the communities. This project will entails, Strengthening civil society movement in the county, awareness creation amongst the communities especially youth women and the people with disabilities on devolution, facilitating participation of the community in devolution and in management affairs of the county through use of social accountability mechanisms and building of partnership, collaboration and coordination with the county assembly, the governor and the executive to support and institutionalize citizen participation.

This project aims at empowering Coast communities to prevent and contest radicalisation in the Coast of Kenya. The project promotes communication and engagement by different community groups like the youth, students, women, key religious leaders like the Imams and pastors and security agencies to create awareness about the negative impact of radicalisation, build skills to counter and contest the violent ideology at family, schools and public spaces and to promote partnership with security agencies change perceptions and increase collaboration to stop terrorists from using coast as a fertile ground for their operations and to make the Coast safe from terrorism and radicalisation. The projects uses capacity building, creation of radicalisation awareness networks, peer education, guiding and counseling, dialogues, debates and monitoring as mechanisms to achieve its purpose in Mombasa, Kwale, Malindi and Lamu