In 2017 we launched a new strand of work in Garissa County, northern Kenya, extending our programme in the Horn of Africa. The new project aims to tackle these inter-connecting conflict drivers and strengthen community-level, national, and cross-border peacebuilding.
An innovative new learning exchange which took place this month, saw a group of peacebuilders from north east Kenya travel to Liberia to learn more about community peace platforms, cross-border peacebuilding and conflict resolution.
Ahead of local and national elections taking place in Kenya this week, local peacebuilders have been calling for calm in the northern county of Garissa, a region identified as a potential hotspot for post-election violence.
Read this annual review of our work in 2016. Highlights include: reconciling community tensions in Ebola-affected areas of West Africa, working with youth to build peace in Kashmir and the release of our Accord publication on 'transforming broken relationships'.
Northern Kenya has a long history of ethnic conflict, violence and marginalisation, but new conflict drivers and dynamics related to devolution, terrorism and resource extraction are now exacerbating these local tensions and raising challenges for traditional peacebuilding structures.
Control of large budgets and political posts by local political and economic elites in the newly created County governments, is fuelling inter-and intra-tribal and clan tensions.