What is Kenya Tuna Uwezo?
Kenya Tuna Uwezo (Kiswahili for “We have the power!”) aims to reduce politically motivated conflict in the informal settlements of Kiambio, Kibera, Mathare, Korogocho, and Babadogo in Nairobi. The program strengthens community and civil society social networks and promotes collaboration on community issues and the resolution of grievances.
Project Duration and Budget
March 2012 – March 2014
Who implements Kenya Tuna Uwezo?
Kituo Cha Sheria (Center for Legal Empowerment)
Where does Kenya Tuna Uwezo work?
In Nairobi’s Kiambio, Kibera, Mathare, Korogocho and Babadogo informal settlements.
What does Kenya Tuna Uwezo do?
The Kenya Tuna Uwezo project is designed to reduce ethnic and politically-motivated conflict in the informal settlements of Nairobi. It creates opportunities for cooperative action among conflicting groups in Nairobi’s informal settlements.
Strengthening social networks
The project is initiating dialogue on shared concerns among at-risk groups in order to build relationships, increase trust and create lines of communication vital to promoting and sustaining peace.
A key component is to expand knowledge of the 2010 Constitution to empower marginalized communities to engage their leaders in making informed decisions. The program supports civic education and addresses common concerns to support community-led responses to internal issues and conflicts.
Kenya Tuna Uwezo is developing the technical and organizational capacity of community based organizations and officials, ensuring the sustainability of program activities and training community leaders and groups to work effectively with one another across ethnic lines.
How has Kenya Tuna Uwezo made a difference?
Kenya Tuna Uwezo has reached more than 4,500 residents from the targeted settlements through trainings, workshops, meetings and public information campaigns on peace and community cohesion and civic education on the Constitution of Kenya. Over 729 people, mainly youth have been reached with peace and reconciliation messages.
The program has facilitated the transformation of an estimated 100 youth into law abiding community resource people. Rival youth groups that played an active role in the 2008 post-election violence, have resolved issues through a series of informal discussions aimed at building trust and confidence.
In total, five single-identity meetings and one cross-identity meeting have been held. Single identity forums were comprised of youth, elders, tenants and landlords. Cross-identity forums were held for youth and elders, and landlords and tenants.
The program conducted trainings on conflict mediation, introducing 24 local organizations to the concepts of peace building, conflict analysis tools and early warning/early response strategies.
Over 100 women are engaged in peace promotion to women and youth, ensuring that families make peace discussions part of their family commitments. Twenty-six additional women leaders were trained on the Constitution, peace building and conflict management.
Kenya Tuna Uwezo has aired six radio talk shows educating people on the Constitution and peace messaging.
What key challenges does Kenya Tuna Uwezo face?
Challenges of mistrust and hatred are localized to specific ethnic groups while other groups in the same area interact peacefully and band together in cases of violent conflict. This interaction can easily shift through incitement and manipulation by politicians and business people, as evidenced in the 2008 post-election violence.
Youth unemployment still remains a challenge. Providing alternative forms of livelihood are critical to ensure that they are not tempted by manipulation and incitement by politicians and other powerful persons within the community.
For more information:
Selline Korir, Director
Kenya Tuna Uwezo Program
CHF International/ Kenya
Tel: +254 (20) 2101312/3
Monica Azimi, AOR
Office of Democracy and Governance
Updated April 2013
Last updated: March 12, 2014