Improving security for men, women and children in Kenya
Client name: UK Department for International Development (DFID)
We’re helping security services in Kenya to respond to crime, conflict and violence against women and girls.
Security represents a significant challenge for poor and marginalised Kenyans. In 2013, for instance, nearly 500 Kenyans were killed and more than 55,000 displaced due to inter-communal violence and resource conflicts. Women and children were most affected by the brunt of sexual violence, killings, injuries, and loss of property and displacement that occurred.
Security services in Kenya face immense challenges in tackling crime, conflict, and violence against women and girls due to relatively weak conflict management structures and institutional capacity.
The Jamii Thabiti program seeks to improve the strength and capacity of security authorities in Kenya. Stronger and better equipped security organisations are able to respond to criminal violence, inter-communal violence and violence against women and girls in a more effective and efficient manner.
At the heart of the program are people-centred, long-term partnerships with government authorities, service providers and civil society at national, county and local levels. We leverage these partnerships to support more effective, accountable and responsive public services.
Quicker response to conflict and insecurity – Jamii Thabiti is working to establish County Peace/Security Forums in areas at high risk of conflict and violence. These forums will have strong links to the national early warning and response system, meaning that local authorities are able to respond quickly to incipient violence.
Improving policing – The program is focused on improved community policing and police oversight in initially eight focal counties: Kisumu, Bungoma, Nakuru, Baringo, Kwale, Kilifi, Mandera and Wajir. Best practice policing improves community trust in security authorities and facilitates a more effective response to violence.
Tackling violence against women and girls – Jamii Thabiti is working to increase the reporting of violence against women and girls. Additionally, an emphasis has been placed on increasing women’s participation at community security forums. Police are also being trained to place greater priority on responding to violence against women and girls. An essential element of this is educating the police with appropriate skills and providing capacity to respond to these incidents.
Better crime statistics – Security authorities are making improvements to the data collection process for both formal and informal data and statistics on crime and violence. Better information about when, where and how violence is occurring allows police, county and national authorities to formulate the most effective response.
Underpinned by research, monitoring and evaluation – During program implementation, Jamii Thabiti will identify the most effective interventions for delivering the above outputs and adjust or extend the program to improve its effectiveness.
Jamii Thabiti aims to benefit 833,000 Kenyans, 51 per cent of whom are women, by leading to better prevention of and response to gender-based, criminal and inter-communal violence.