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Ongoing Programmes

Intersectoral Urban Violence Prevention (IUVP) Programme in Nakuru and Naivasha Municipalities

MidRift Hurinet in partnership with Danish Institute Against Torture(DIGNITY) has been working within the municipalities of Nakuru and Naivasha implementing an IUVP programme. The project uses an evidence-based approach to crime and violence prevention. The three-year IUVP Programme(2017-2019) in these two places, followed a successful 18-month pilot IUVP programme which took place in 2015-2016. The focus of the programme has been to create coalitions of intersectoral leaders as agents of change, while also working on creating citizen agency for change. IUVP’s interest is centered on reducing‘risk of violence’, reducing‘at risk groups’ vulnerability by strengthening their agency for resilience and agency to fight violence before it occurs. Nakuru and Naivasha municipalities were selected as the two areas for a pilot IUVP programme in June 2015 (Nakuru municipality) and in October 2016 (Naivasha) following an in-depth scoping process. The scoping included knowledge generation (research)and intervention (development activities) and meetings with potential partners.There was also a comprehensive contextual study on violence dynamics which was carried out in 2018 [read the research here], and which included a number of findings and recommendations.The sectors and agencies mobilized for and involved in IUVP are Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) including Faith Based Organizations (FBOs); the Criminal Justice Sector
(including law enforcement:the police, correction: the prison service and rehabilitation: probation service); Community Policing Committees; the County Government (Executive and Legislative), Ministry of Education,Ministry of Health,the Private Sector and the Media.In 2020-2023,Midrift Hurinet Intends to deepen these interventions while scaling up in Kisumu and Baringo.

Place-Based Leadership Development for Intersectoral Urban Violence Prevention

Place based leadership development (PBLD) is the overall term for activities that aim to support the development of collective leadership capabilities within a given locality. The implementation of a three-year PBLD pilot programme has been one of the main support mechanisms to enable leaders to work more effectively together on preventing urban violence. The evidence based PBLD Framework helps local leaders to build their individual leader and collective leadership capability to work more effectively together at the sectoral, intersectoral and wider territorial levels.

As PBLD shares a number of commonalities with IUVP, it was considered that developing a PBLD programme to support intersectoral leaders working together to reduce urban violence could lead to more effective collaboration and lay the foundations for achieving collective impact. The PBLD programme consists of a series of interlinked, interactive modules, where leader and leadership capabilities are developed through a personal and joint inter-relational journey of lived experience. The PBLD for IUVP programme is designed to enable leaders to grapple with real world issues,whilst developing themselves as individuals at an intrapersonal level, and also improve the way they work with others at an interpersonal level. P-BLD acknowledges that an individual is shaped by personal experiences, and this determines how one sees the world. It offers leaders an opportunity to undertake leader development and critical reflection.In Febrauray 2020,Midrift Hurinet in Partnership with Dignity will be launching the PBLD Impact Study Report in Nairobi.

Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism Program

Kenya and Kenyans are under a vicious assault by global and regional terrorist groups. The security services have deployed means to detect, deter, disrupt and dismantle the threat. Like other countries, it has become clear that combined with counter terrorism, strong preventive action that embraces civil and non-government actions is critical to ensuring that more Kenyans are not drawn to VE and terrorism. The national response to this threat is increasingly guided by the national strategy to counter violent extremism that was launched by H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta in September 2016 and updated in March 2019. It offers the guidance and coordination for all CAPs.

The County Action Plans (CAPS) is a unique innovation of including citizens and communities in terrorism prevention, utilizing Kenya’s devolved system of governance and public participation. The CAPs are inspired and aligned by the National Strategy to Counter Violent Extremism (NSCVE). They are fast becoming embraced regionally and globally as an emerging best practice. CAPs allow citizens and institutions at the county level to be involved in mitigating the threat of VE, while increasing resilience within communities. They are also platforms for action through solution-seeking, collaboration, coordination and accountability. MIDRIFT HURINET and NCTC in collaboration with other government institutions, particularly the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, and other stakeholders have formed a secretariat to start implementing the County Action Plan in Preventing & Countering Violent Exremism.This has also been augmented by the passage of Nakuru Violence Prevention Policy by the County Government.[Read about it here]

Women in Safety and Security (Wamama na Usalama Program)

The project’s goal is to enhance the integration and participation of women in community Safety and security activities in the informal settlements of Nakuru and Kisumu.
The contributions of women on broader issues of community security are not given equal weight to those of men during the implementation of community security initiatives. The result is that critical insights, perspectives and lessons that women can offer on the nature of crime and violence and options for solutions are lost, and subsequently not applied to the debates and practices of community security in the settlement. There are many examples of the unique positioning of women that make them an important source of analysis and solutions to the broad range of community security challenges: Women, being caregivers and mothers, are likely to have close relationships with children and young people and are therefore better positioned to detect behavior that may be tending towards crime, violence and delinquency. Women in informal settlements work closer to their homes, or are homemakers, and are therefore more likely than men to consciously or unconsciously monitor the goings on, including potential criminal activity, in their neighbourhoods. Strategies: Capacity building, Community Outreach Forums, Networking, Research & Documentation.