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 activity strengthens community and civil society social networks and promotes collaboration on community issues towards the resolution of grievances.
Duration and Budget
March 2012 – March 2014
Who implements Kenya Tuna Uwezo?
Where does Kenya Tuna Uwezo work?
In Nairobi’s Kiambiu, Kibera, Mathare and Korogocho/ 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 by strengthening resiliency within communities to withstand political manipulation that leads to violent conflict. 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.
Economic Incentives for Sustaining Peace
In order to sustain the gains made in peacebuilding, Kenya Tuna Uwezo has added a Youth Livelihood Development component to its programming to support youth in the informal settlements to establish and/or improve entrepreneurial capacities. This will aid the youth in developing and managing successful businesses as alternatives to engaging in violence.
How is Kenya Tuna Uwezo making a difference?
Kenya Tuna Uwezo’s Cohesion Champions and change agents recently walked to Uhuru Park in Nairobi’s city center as a sign of solidarity with the victims and fallen first responders of the Westgate Mall terror attack in September 2013. They joined other Kenyans in condemning the act of terror on behalf of the residents of their respective informal settlements.
The activity has also been facilitating reconciliation talks between tenants and landlords in the Kiambiu informal settlement area. The talks yielded success in August 2013, when some squatters returned the houses they had been illegally occupying to the rightful owners. Many of these owners had been forcefully evicted during the 2007/08 post-election violence.
Between April and June 2013, Kenya Tuna Uwezo worked with 42 community-based organizations across the informal settlements to build their capacity in leadership, networking, and resource mobilization.
During the same period, 77 women from Mathare and Kibera were sensitized on ethnic tolerance through inter-community women’s dialogues. These women are now working in their communities to help promote sustainable community reconciliation and healing.
Kenya Tuna Uwezo activities have reached1,054 people from ‘at-risk’ groups.
What key challenges does Kenya Tuna Uwezo face?
Mistrust between certain ethnic groups and communities remains a challenge. The relationship between groups is still subject to manipulation by politicians and other leaders.
Youth unemployment and idleness is one of the biggest challenges. Providing alternative forms of livelihood are critical to ensure that young people 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
Makena Kirima, Activity Manager
Office of Democracy, Rights and Governance
Updated October 2013
Last updated: October 16, 2013