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Tusameheane Tujenge Nchi (We shall reconcile to build the country)

Participatory governance for peace in Kenya

This is a two-year USAID-funded (under Global Reconciliation Fund) project implemented by International Alert in partnership with PeaceNet Kenya and FOAID. The project is taking place in three counties: Migori, Nairobi, and Wajir.

The 2010 constitution of Kenya promised greater devolution of power, thereby offering major gains for peace and provides a window of opportunity for conflict resolution. Despite legislative reforms, the divisive nature of politics and exclusionary nature of governance continue to contribute to social, economic and political marginalisation making communities vulnerable and susceptible to violence and incitements.

This programme aims to address the social and political marginalisation in Kenya by strengthening meaningful civic participation in the local governance and decision-making processes. The programme combines International Alert’s dialogue and mediation experience with tested dialogue and political participation methodologies, and local partner organisations’ comprehensive understanding of conflict dynamics and vast experience in local peacebuilding and security work in Kenya.

The overall goal of the project is to contribute to the consolidation of a peaceful and inclusive Kenyan society through improved service delivery, enhanced citizens’ participation in people-to-people dialogue and county governance processes. The project is premised on the belief that creating safe spaces for people and communities to build trust and understanding helps communities to understand the benefit of collective action regarding their relationship with county governments and how they are governed.

The specific objective of the project is to reduce levels of conflict in specific sub counties by increasing peoples participation in county governance. The project will achieve this by increaing the knowledge, skills, understanding and leadership of people in conflict, resulting in more sustainable peace and good governance. And also by improving trust among diverse groups through inclusive dialogue and participatory governance initiatives, leading to improved service delivery by the county government.

It started in October 2019 and will end in September 2021.