European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES)
The National Cohesion and Integration Commission has partnered with the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES) on the PRO PEACE Kenya project, through support and collaboration with other state and non-state actors.
” is a project for the Promotion of Peace and Cohesion in Kenya by Preventing and Mitigating Electoral Conflicts violence-free elections dubbed “Elections Bila Noma”. The Project is funded by the European Union and implemented via a partnership between the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES)
and theNational Cohesion and Integration Commission
(NCIC). Its activities included concrete ways to strengthen peace and conflict prevention within the framework of NCIC's Roadmap to Peaceful 2022 General Elections, Elections Bila Noma.
The overall objective of the project PRO-PEACE Kenya is to promote peace, cohesion and political dialogue and prevent, mitigate and manage conflicts and election-related violence in Kenya.
The specific objectives are:
Interpeace is an international organization that prevents violence and builds lasting peace. We have 27 years of experience working in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Latin America.
Violent conflict tears apart societies and colors all relationships. Interpeace builds trust as the glue that bring societies back together.
Many solutions to conflict do not last because they are imposed or do not take fully into account the views and needs of those who are most affected. Interpeace works to have solutions designed and led locally from the grassroot communities to the most senior decision-making levels.
In the heat of conflict, it can be difficult for people to see what connects them to others, rather than what drives them apart. Our approach seeks to help different parts of society come together to identify and harness their common strengths for sustainable peace.
Everyone’s contribution to peace matters, especially the International Community together. Interpeace...
a. UWIANO PLATFORM: The Commission together with the National Steering Committee on Peace building and Conflict Management (NSC), PeaceNet Kenya and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) came together to establish a Platform for Peace dubbed UWIANO. UWIANO is a Swahili word that connotes “cohesion”. However, these four Partners were not only concerned with contributing towards delivery for a Peaceful National Referendum Process, but were keen to see to it that peace building and conflict management initiatives are scaled up towards in the just concluded general elections and beyond. UWIANO therefore, is a conflict preventive strategy that provides space for a wide range of partners, actors and stakeholders to build synergy and leverage their efforts for conflict prevention and peace building in Kenya.
b. INTEGRATED PUBLIC COMPLAINTS REFERRAL MECHANISM (IPCRM): The Commission supported the Integrated Public Complaints and Referral Mechanism (IPCRM) an initiative of the Ethics...
Development for international Development (DFID)
The Department for International Development (DFID) leads aim is to end extreme poverty. DFID helps in tackling the global challenges including poverty and disease, mass migration, insecurity and conflict. As a result the Commission has continued to benefit from the DFID program. Some of the key highlights of DFID include supporting media campaigns with an aim of influencing the general public to embrace tolerance in an environment with diverse beliefs that often leads to conflict. A point in case is during the just concluded elections DFID through UNDP supported tier one radio programs that targeted over six communities. As a result the Commission reached over 10 million people with tolerance messages.
Through UNDP, the Commission has also benefitted from EU. Hence, EU has supported programs. EU funds are transmitted through UNDP. Some of the programs that include; media campaigns, sensitization, training, reconciliation and mediation forums among other key strategic programs.
Through UNDP, the Commission has greatly benefitted from SIDA in a number of ways. Consequently, SIDA has supported programs geared towards CVE capacity building on the need for peaceful coexistence. Other programs that have been supported include strengthening of Amani (peace) clubs that have been rolled out in over 1000 schools in Kenya. As a result national values have been inculcated among school children through peace activities in peace clubs. It is important to note that all the SIDA support is channeled through UNDP.
United Nation (UN) women kenya
The Constitution of Kenya 2010 provides a legal framework for the government to fulfill basic rights, for the marginalize and vulnerable groups. This is in tandem with the Commission mandate hence the UN-Women has in the past supported the Commission programs geared towards Counter Violent Extremism (CVE). Hence the Commission through the support of UNWomen has established a network of women in CVE in five counties namely; Lamu, Mandera, Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale. These counties have been hit most by the insurgence of terrorism groups targeting innocent unengaged youth. Through this UNWomen program the Commission has reached out to the most vulnerable youth through empowering women with skills on how to identify and rehabilitate the youth who already are members.
Unted Nation Development program (UNDP)
The Commission is a key beneficiary of the United Nation Development Programs (UNDP) in Kenya. The program aims to address poverty, inequality and exclusion in an integrated and support communities and government achieve sustainable and inclusive economic growth (UNDP Kenya). To this end, the Commissions key advocacy programs have been fully supported and sponsored by this program. As a result a number of women, youth, Community Based Organization among others have been trained and sensitized of the mandate of NCIC as well as their role in ensuring a peaceful integrated society.