Examples of Previous Projects Undertaken by LCPI
- Towards Peaceful and secure Elections 2013 (see write up on peaceful elections) – implemented in partnership with Safer-World
- Drivers of Accountability Program, DAP.
- Research work on Political settlements and security provision – A case for Kenya & South Sudan, implemented in partnership with Saferworld.
- Mennonite Central committee (MCC)
- Kurve Wustrow (Training in Non-violence)
Towards Peaceful and Secure Election
Towards peaceful and secure elections was a project funded by Safer-World in the year 2012- 2013. The objective of the project was to ensure peaceful election; this was done through sensitizing the community on the importance of peaceful co-existence. Sensitization was done by bringing all stakeholders on board; it consisted of religious leaders (Christians, Muslim and Hindus), the media fraternity, the representative from the six hotspots within Kisumu (Kondele, Nyalenda, Obunga, Bus Park, carwash and Otonglo). The team comprises of the business community, the public service vehicle (Matatus), boda boda etc.
Community conflict sensitive peace building – promotion of non-violence alternatives
Community conflict sensitive peace building and promotion of nonviolent alternatives through multi-stakeholder engagement and initiatives is a project that was supported by the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) for a period of 3years; May 2012 to 2015.
The aim of the project was to intervene and find alternative ways of de-escalating / reducing violence along the border areas and promote the culture of conflict sensitive peace building through involvement of other stakeholders along the border. It was realized that there existed waves of internal and cross-border conflicts that have not been addressed over the years. The main conflict across the Luo / Kericho border is cattle rustling, others being historical injustices, politics and border issues. The conflict across the borders promoted a divisive element that destroys the social fabric that holds the communities together.
The project ensured engagement of the community both from Kisumu and Kericho counties to come together and share their feelings and opinions on better ways of co- existing peacefully. The stake holders included the provincial administration, the district peace committee members, opinion leaders, elders, women, youths and at some point the reformed gangs were also involved in the peace talks.
Drivers of Accountability Project, DAP – April 2014 – May 2015
Drivers of Accountability programme (DAP) was implemented in partnership with Saferworld in both Isiolo and Kisumu counties. Its focus was to build county responsive institutions underpinned in conflict sensitive approaches. The project targeted county officials and citizens at county and village levels. LCPI worked with Isiolo Peace Link (Isiolo County) in implementing the activities of DAP in Isiolo.
The focus was to identify the challenges and or problems that exist and that have caused conflicts or could potentially cause conflict in the two counties either as a direct result of devolution or reinforced by the devolved process. Analyzing the dividers and connectors as well as mainstreaming conflict sensitivity within county structures and processes was part and parcel of the process.
Regional International Training
Regional International training (RIT) on Nonviolence was held between Nov – Dec 2015 in Kisumu through partnership with Kurve Wustrow, Centre of training in non-violence during war and in armed conflict, Germany. The training was tailored for participants from East African countries and was attended by participants from: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, and Burundi. The objective of the training was to cultivate the spirit of nonviolence as a way of life especially noting the recurrence of election related violence in most of the countries within the region. LCPI has previously sent participants to Kurve Wustrow for the International trainings as a way of strengthening the capacities of the LCPI team to engage effectively in peace work.
CAC Research on Girl Child Education – Refugee Camps and marginalized areas in Kenya
LCPI has been engaged in a 3 year Education evaluation project for the Kenya Equity in Education project, KEEP implemented by Windle-Trust, a Kenyan registered non – governmental organization in partnership with World University Service of Canada, WUSC with funding from DFID under the Girls Education Challenge, GEC. The KEEP project seeks to improve the life chances of marginalized girls through improved access to quality education. The program works towards three interrelated and complimentary outputs that together provide an integrated response to girls’ enrolment, retention and achievement in school namely:
- Improved girl-friendly school environments
- Targeted support for female learners
- Parent and community support for girls’ education
The research is undertaken in specific areas namely;
- Turkana West
- Fafi, Daadab and Wajir South
- Kakuma Refugee camps
- Daadab Refugee camps
KEEP is required to determine the levels of achievements around learning, retention and school attendance in the targeted locations. LCPI was awarded the consultancy work to help KEEP meet her objectives. The work has been organized into three phases; Base line survey, Mid -line survey and End line survey. The first two have already taken place and the last one slated for 2017.