This programme aims to strengthen conflict prevention, peace-building and social cohesion capacities both at the national and community levels in order to address potential risk factors and promote greater citizen and community participation in peace-building, as well as to mainstream conflict-sensitive development processes. Working closely with other programmes at the NCIC, the programme supports and/or coordinates a national reconciliation project aimed at providing policy analysis and influence on a range of issues vital to national cohesion, peacebuilding and reconciliation in Kenya.
It also seeks to mainstream gender in reconciliation processes and disseminates the lessons learned from the Kenya Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission. Among the key strategies for promoting reconciliation include:
i) Forgiveness in partnership with the Kenya Forgiveness Project, economic redress and reparations as a foundation for National Cohesion and Development in Kenya;
ii) The role of culture and tradition in promoting reconciliation in Kenya;
iii) Role of memorialization in promoting reconciliation in Kenya.
Other strategies include capacity building and training for key stakeholders on strategies for addressing community reconciliation and promoting national cohesion. They will also address strategies for supporting trauma healing and empowering women and youth to actively participate in promoting coexistence between ethnic, religious and racial groups in Kenya.