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PEACE BUILDING AND CONFLICT PREVENTION

SAFE – COAST PROJECT

BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN THE COAST YOUTH AND GOK OFFICIALS PROJECT
COMMUNICATION AND ENGAGEMENT PROJECT: PREVENTING RADICALISATION IN THE COAST OF KENYA
PROMOTING GENDER EQUITY AND CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN GOVERNANCE AMONGST COASTAL COMMUNITIES
DRAMA FOR CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION PROJECT.....read more
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KENYA COMMUNITY SUPPORT CENTRE (KECOSCE) undertakes various projects under the different programme areas it operates in. In this section programmes and current projects are listed highlighting their purpose and their status.
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Democratic Governance and Human Rights
 
To enhance capacity of Coastal communities participate in democratic governance and hold state and non-state actors accountable to the public by 2012
 
The objective of this program seeks to equip the people at the Coast with the necessary knowledge, information and skills to enable them to demand for compliance to the principles of democratic governance, respect to human rights, and the tenets of human development by public institutions and those in leadership positions in the public sector in their daily activities and explores ways to make the process of governing more transparent, accountable and responsive.
   
Community Economic development and asset management
   
Peace building, conflict mitigation and human security
 
To contribute to the creation of a prosperous (multi-ethnic and religious) and peaceful society that respects human rights and conforms to good governance by 2015
 
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.
   
Research, Documentation and Capacity Building
 
The objective of this program seeks to build the capacity of the youth to increase resilience to counter violent extremism, create community organizations and provide continuous space for dialogue among the communities, with public institutions, local authority officials, politicians and development actors to deal with grievances.
Youth mentoring and development
   
Women empowerment and Development
   
:: Current Projects
 
:: COMMUNITY COMMUNICATION AND ENGAGEMENT TO COUNTER RADICALIZATION AND VIOLENT EXTREMISM
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
 
:: ENTRENCHING PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN COUNTY MANAGEMENT
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.
 
:: SOCIAL ENTEPRISES EMPOWERMENT IN KINANGO SUB-COUNTY
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.
 
:: PROMOTING YOUTH RESILIENCE TO RADICALISM AND VIOLENT EXTREMISM
KECOSCE is implementing the multimedia and working group series project in Mombasa County. This project aims at promoting youth resilience to radicalisation and violent radicalism. The project conducts capacity building workshops and discussion forums for individuals, youth and grassroot organizations on constitutionalism, devolution in the Government of Kenya, recognizing techniques of radicalization used by violent extremist organizations, refusing to be used by groups with a violent agenda, non-violent solutions to problems and policy advocacy and influencing to deal with grievances and factors that drive communities to support violent radical extremism. This project uses multimedia to create awareness on the negative impact of radicalisation and violent extremism like billboards, LED screens, radio commercials, social media website (www.kataakutumiwa.org), facebook Kataakutumiwa and Twitter @kataakutumiwa to reach to wider communities with key messages and to counter online radicalisation by violent extremist organizations (VEOs).
 
:: PEACE BUILDING AND CONFLICT PREVENTION
KECOSCE received a grant from the United States Department of State – Conflict Stabilization Office through PACTWORLD to implement the Safe Coast early warning and early response (SCEWER) project in the Coast region. The objective of the project is to promote conflict prevention, mitigation and resolution towards a peaceful and fair election at the Coast. This is done through strengthening of Early Warning and Early Response (EWER) Mechanism in Key hotspots in the coastal region. This initiative uses peace monitors to collect information from the localities and send alerts to an IT platform using an alert number 0726 549 400. The information is analysed and promptly disseminated to response actors who range form security agencies to community peace committees and makes follow to ensure action is take to prevent escalation of violence. The SCEWER provides a platform for both public, civil society, provincial administration and the security agencies to work together towards ensuring the Coast of Kenya remained peaceful before, during and after the general elections in March, 2013.
 
:: SAFE – COAST PROJECT
safe coast project
KECOSCE is among the ten organizations implementing Supporting Active Participation in Peaceful and Fair Elections at the Coast of Kenya (SAFE – COAST) project. KECOSCE is focusing on working with the youth in Kwale, Lamu and Kilifi Counties. Through this project we aim at demystifying the chapter on devolution through grassroot “Ugatuzi” classes held at village level attended by the youth.
The classes facilitate deeper understanding of the benefits and opportunities under the devolution process and encourage youth to actively participate peacefully in the forthcoming general elections through acquisition of identification and voters cards. The project has also established the Coast Early Warning and Early response mechanism to support mitigation of conflicts and prevent violence in the region as well as invigorating the peace building structures in the coast. Among the activities being implemented include mobile registration and issuance of both identification cards and voter cards to all eligible people in the coast region to enable them to vote, commemoration of international day of youth and the international day of peace. The project is also strengthening the district peace committees and the provincial peace forum with the aim of enhancing their roles in conflict prevention and mitigation. The early warning system whose alert number is 0725549400 is supported by 20 peace monitors working in the six counties whose main task is to regular monitor, analyse and report on conflict situation in the counties. The system is linked to the National Steering Committee for Peace Building and conflict management under the office of the president and provides critical information for mobilization prompt action by the security agencies to avert escalation of violence.
 
:: PROMOTING GENDER EQUITY AND CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN GOVERNANCE AMONGST COASTAL COMMUNITIES
promoting gender equity
Supported by Mensen Met Eeen Messie (people with a mission), the goal of this project is to promote Gender equity and citizen participation in governance amongst coastal communities. The main objective of the project is to enhance understanding on devolution and land reforms for marginalized groups in Mombasa county. The programme empowers community members at the grassroot level with knowledge of their rights, retribution and information on the available tools for promoting good governance and accountability to duty bearer institutions and individuals in positions of authority as well as promoting peaceful coexistence
amongst people of diverse backgrounds within in the county. This programme is implemented in collaboration with partner organisations in the Coast Cluster namely Solwodi, CJPC Malindi and CJPC Mombasa under the Kenya Peace Network. The project activities involve sensitization forums for women, youth and people with disabilities on the process of devolution and its benefits and opportunities for the target group, awareness creation of land reforms, mobile registration of persons for issuance of identification cards, training of village elders on alternative dispute resolutions and youth rallies to encourage youth to peacefully participate in the county governance and influence decisions for their own benefit.
 
:: KENYA PEACE NETWORK: COAST CLUSTER NETWORK ON GOOD GOVERNANCE, PEACE BUILDING AND ORGANISATIONAL CAPACITY STRENGTHENING

Mensen met een Missie (people with a Mission) herein referred as MMM is a Dutch Non-Governmental Organisation. MMM has been working with civil society and faith based organisations in Kenya for a long time providing support to partner organizations to participate more actively and have a stronger voice in political processes at different societal levels. Kenya Community Support Centre (KECOSCE) is one of the Non Governmental Organisations based in the Coast of Kenya which has benefitted from this support since 2008 to date. The support has enabled the organisation to implement projects which have contributed to the current new political dispensation in Kenya. MMM has supported KECOSCE’s establishment of Democratic Governance department within the organisation. The department has over the last three years

  • Created awareness amongst the coast communities on the civil rights and empowered them to access and benefit from the rights. KECOSCE was at the forefront in carrying out civic education before the promulgation of the Kenyan Constitution which resulted to massive support of the document during the 2010 referendum.
  • KECOSCE has created and supported civil society networks on Peace building, reconciliation and transitional justice in the Coast of Kenya. The organisation not only supported the Internally Displaced People in Mombasa following the 2007 disputed general elections in the Country following electoral violence which left over 1300 people dead, thousands displaced and billions of property destroyed but also led other civil society organisations in promoting peaceful coexistence, reconciliation and relocation of displaced people.
  • After the promulgation of the New constitution, KECOSCE with support from MMM is now implementing the “Strengthening marginalized coastal communities participation in devolved governance” project in partnership with three other organizations namely SOLWODI, Catholic Justice and Peace Commission Mombasa and Malindi under the Coast Cluster of the Kenya Peace Network (a network of over twenty organizations funded by MMM to undertake various projects in the country).

THE MM COAST CLUSTER

DESCRIPTION OF THE ORGANISATIONS
The four organisations forming the Coast cluster within the MMM funding framework have many similarities and differences which create the unique partnership for delivering their different projects. The four coast cluster organizations have many similarities which largely emanate from the fact that they are all working to empower marginalized groups within the coastal communities and ensuring the every individual id accorded equal rights. This empowerment is largely pegged on the rights of each individual as prescribed by the Kenyan constitution and other National and International instruments. The organizations ranging from Faith Based Organizations such as the CJPCs, Non – Governmental and Civil Society Organization such as SOLWODI (K) and KECOSCE respectively are all based in the coast region covering similar project areas ad in some cases receiving funding from similar donors to carry out related activities in the entire Coast region. The only difference in the cluster organizations is that SOLWODI (K) uniquely targets female sex workers and focuses its programming around issues touching on them.

THE ADDED VALUE AND LIMITATIONS OF WORKING TOGETHER IN THE CLUSTER
Working within the cluster has been beneficial to all the cluster members as it has facilitated easier access and collaboration between organizations which would have otherwise been difficult to penetrate. This has made referrals easier as each organization has its strengths. In the joint activities, the organizations have been able to reach persons and groups that would have been difficult for specific organizations to reach based on the main programmes and project sites.

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MM COAST CLUSTER

  CJPC Malindi SOLWODI CJPC Mombasa KECOSCE
Type of organization
Faith based organization established in 1988 Non-governmental Organization established in 1985 Faith based organization established in 1988 Non-governmental Organization established in 2006
Vision
Catholic Diocese of Malindi, inspired by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, his message /values, aspire to reach out to every person so that all may have life and have it to the full (John 10:10)
A society where women and children are empowered to live healthy and independent lives free from exploitation Realization of peace in Africa through conflict transformation and community reconciliation. To see a just, free and democratically government society in Kenya.
Mission
To enhance the space and skills for communities to respond to conflict and development issues in creative ways Empower female sex workers, children in sexual exploitation and survivors of human trafficking in order to improve their socio-economic, health and legal situations to enable them realize their full potential.
To empower grassroots and marginalized communities in Africa through collaboration with partners To mobilize, organise and empower citizens to effectively participate in social, economic and political processes that impact on their wellbeing in order to realise sustainable human development.
General Objective
Enhance the capacity of communities to build peace and respond to conflict effectively

Empower women to reach their full potential so that they can live productive lives free from violence and exploitation To enhance grassroots peace building capacities with skills and knowledge and facilitate information flow through networking, research and documentation. Mobilize, sensitize and educate communities for informed engagement on social-economic and political issues that cause violence through employment of non violence strategies
Project Areas
Nairobi County (Kibera), Kilifi County (Magarini District) Mombasa County, Kilifi County, Kwale County and Taita Taveta County Mombasa County, Kilifi County, Kwale County and Taita Taveta County Mombasa, Kilifi, Malindi, Tana River, Lamu, Kwale and Taita Taveta counties of the Coast region.
Main Activities
Training Workshops, Community Dialogue Forums, Forum Theatre sessions Rescue, Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Female Sex Workers and Victims of Human Traficking, Training Wrokshops, Community Outreaches and Counselling Capacity Development, Facilitation, Peace Research and Documentation, Interfaith Dialogue Forums Training workshops, Media and Advocacy, Interfaith Dialogue Forums, Community forums, policy advocacy, peace building and conflict management.
Main Beneficiaries
Youth, Elders, Women, Juvenile Children, Local leaders, Students in Schools Female Sex Workers, Women, Persons living with HIV/AIDS, youth and girls and boys from poor socioeconomic backgrounds Marginalized communities, Communities prone to ethnic & political violence, youth, women, local leaders Marginalized communities, Communities prone to ethnic & political violence, youth, women, local leaders
Number of Staff
4 full time staff, 40 volunteer facilitators 12 staff, 45 peer educators and 5 International and local volunteers 6 Full time, 4 Volunteers, 18 Community Based facilitators 9 full time staff
Funding Sources Donor funding, Consultancy,
Community in kind contribution
Donor funding, The Government of Kenya through different Ministries and Departments. Donor funding, community support Foreign Missions, NGOs, Charities, Government, Local fundraising.
         
:: BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN THE COAST YOUTH AND GOK OFFICIALS PROJECT
Kenya Community Support Centre (KECOSCE) with support from the Department of State in the Federal Government of United States of America is implementing the Bridging the Gap between Youth in Coast and
Government of Kenya (GoK) project in four counties in the Coast of Kenya namely Kwale, Mombasa, Malindi and Lamu. The goal of the project is to change the perspective of government officials and youth for peaceful development. The specific objectives of the project are (i) to raise levels of awareness, among project partners (community and police) of drivers and causes of violent extremism, at a national and international level (ii) to strengthen community resilience to violent extremist ideology and to strengthen partnership between community and law enforcement officers.
The project is expected to result to a meaningful engagement and participation of youth leaders in local nation building initiatives, reduction in the level of violent extremism and recruitment of youth to illegal extremist movement and enhanced service delivery, dialogue and trust between youth and government officials.
     
:: COMMUNICATION AND ENGAGEMENT PROJECT: PREVENTING RADICALISATION IN THE COAST OF KENYA
The purpose of this programme is to build a stronger more resilient youth community committed to rejecting radicalisation. The programme empowers the youth and communities to enable them respond to the ideological challenge of violent extremism and terrorism by creating
safe spaces for dialogue, and ensuring people are provided with appropriate advice and support. This programme further works with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that need to be addressed. The main concern for the project is both prevention and mitigation. The historical marginalisation of the region provide both social and economic environment that permits Violent Extremist groups to operate in the Coast. The context is supported by political, cultural, interfaith, economic drivers as well as geographical provided by porous and insecure borders.
:: PROMOTING GENDER EQUITY AND CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN GOVERNANCE AMONGST COASTAL COMMUNITIES

The purpose of this project is to promote good governance with special focus on promoting the participation of women and youth in the devolution programme in Mombasa County. The project seeks to create awareness on the benefits of devolution and to encourage the minority constituencies to participate in the process. The project further seeks to build the capacity of the community to promote tolerance and peaceful coexistence of diverse communities living in the Coast. We promote inter-ethnic dialogues, increase participation of youth through support for issuance of identification cards, voter’s cards and participation in public decision making process to ensure youth issues are addressed. We further focus on people with disabilities, women and seek dialogues with provincial administration officials at grassroot level to ensure community aspirations form the core business in their public service delivery.

     
:: DRAMA FOR CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION PROJECT
This is a partnership between IREX Europe and KECOSCE. The project builds on IREX Europe’s successful theatre for peace project in Eastleigh (Nairobi) and the refugee camp of Hagadera (Dadaab), IREX Europe will continue to promote peaceful dialogue on community issues, focusing this time on Mombasa and the Dadaab area refugee camp of Dagahaley.
The “Theatre for Peace” project, funded by UK Foreign Commonwealth Office, will use the theatre technique called Drama for Conflict Transformation (DCT), which promotes understanding and tolerance in different societies, and will focus in particular on disenfranchised youth which will use theatre as a vehicle to express their views and frustrations on key issues including poverty, lack of access to education and gender issues, among others.
Drama for Conflict Transformation is a rich methodology that encourages improvisation and play to help participants develop new views and behaviours. In situations of entrenched conflict, where debate and historical analysis rarely serve to change minds, DCT unlocks the creative power of individuals and communities to adopt new perspectives and develop novel solutions. Not only is DCT a powerful tool for transforming attitudes, it also provides a platform for practicing conflict resolution strategies.
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