Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) has been a partner of the NCIC since its inception. It is currently supporting a three years project entitled “Consolidating the Peace Process and Establishing Foundations for a Successful Political Transition” which began in 2011 and is envisioned to complete in 2013. This project is a national programme co-funded by UNDP and the Government of Kenya whose overall objective is to strengthen the capacity of national and local government and civil society to effectively prevent and reduce levels of armed violence in order to nurture peace and enhance development opportunities in Kenya. The Commission is one of the implementing partners.
The components of the SIDA project involve:
1. Review and advisory on upcoming national draft bills.
2. Addressing the question of hate speech.
3. Staff and institutional capacity building
4. A research on IDP’s and National Cohesion
5. An NCIC annual newsletter “Closing the Gap”
6. Ethnic diversity conversations in 9 counties and a National Ethnic Conference
7. Support to lobbying activities for incorporation of cohesion and integration in the national education policy and specifically in the educational curriculum of primary and secondary schools, and also the tertiary institutions
8. Training of trainers and lecturers on the content and application of cohesion and integration.
9. Documentation of short histories on Kenyan ethnic communities.
10. A pilot project to set up Amani/cohesion clubs in schools that are located in areas identified as 'hot spot'.
11. Televised debates on themes relating to cohesion and integration
12. A national essay competition in schools
13. A travelling theatre performance and film festival tackling issues of negative ethnicity.
14. Development of IEC materials on cohesion and integration.
15. A good-will ambassadors initiative
16. A one on one public engagement platform through the ASK shows.
17. Participation in national & international days promotes and mainstreams the themes or reconciliation and peace-building.
18. The Taifa Awards initiative
19. Media engagement activities