Reconciliation & Integration Department
RECONCILIATION AND INTERGRATION DEPARTMENT 2012-08-24
The object and purpose for which the commission is established is to facilitate and promote equality of opportunity, good relations, harmony and peaceful co-existence between persons of different ethnic groups and racial communities of Kenya. This function is expressly spelt out under sections 25(1) of the NCI Act No.12 of 2008. Pursuant to these provisions, the Reconciliation and Integration Department is responsible for engaging, educating and capacity building of key stakeholders to contribute positively to the achievement of the objectives of the commission. The Department is tasked to spearhead initiatives aimed at policy influence, capacity development and community dialogue. Other responsibilities that the department is meant to spearhead include:-
• Managing the implementation of reconciliation and peace building activities through formation of peace and cohesion committees;
• Creating conflict monitoring systems ;
• Development of training curriculum on reconciliation and peace building;
• Working in liaison with other partners including bilateral donors to support reconciliation, integration and peace initiatives;
• Providing guidance on mainstreaming reconciliation and peace building as a cross- cutting theme across all NCIC’s programmes;
• Coordinating with County and National Governments to improve their understanding and support for the NCIC’s activities; particularly on peace building, cohesion, reconciliation, and integration;
• Conducting monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of ongoing and ending projects;
• Preparation and submission of regular internal and donor reports on all peace building , cohesion and reconciliation activities;
• Researching, writing and submission of proposals for new projects.
• Development and advocacy of relevant policies such as Cohesion and Integration policy, Peace building and conflict management reparation policy, and IDP policy etc.
• Developing and updating the commission’s peace, cohesion, integration, and reconciliation advocacy materials.
The department uses communication, advocacy, outreach, dialogue, peace building and reconciliation tools to promote active public participation in governance, conflict prevention, peace building ,reconciliation, and behavior change. This is with a view to promote inclusion, tolerance for diversity and equitable distribution of resources.
The Reconciliation and Integration department is headed by an Assistant Director for Reconciliation and integration who is assisted by one Senior Programme Officer, one Project Officer and two Project Assistants.
The department has established collaborations and partnerships with relevant government MDAs (Ministries ,Departments, and Agencies) CSOs, Faith-based organizations ,International Institutions, and UN Agencies working on peace, reconciliation and related sectors.