Office of Transition Initiatives, OTI, Kenya
KENYA, Nairobi : A man walks past a large screen in Central Nairobi broadcasting the last televised debate for the 2013 Kenya elections on February 25, 2013.
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Contributing to a stable polity by enabling public institutions to undertake fundamental reforms and mobilize the public to demand accountability and reform based on national rather than ethnic platforms.

Program Description

USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) launched its Kenya program in June 2008, four months after Kenya's competing political parties adopted a peace accord and power-sharing agreement to stem devastating interethnic violence that followed contested December 2007 national elections. The agreement opened a window of opportunity for OTI to support national and local-level stabilization and transition efforts targeted at recovery and reducing political and social volatility and vulnerability to violence. The two principal political parties are now faced with the challenge of moving Kenya forward.

In August 2009, OTI re-targeted its objectives to give greater focus to a two-pronged effort supporting the institutional and grassroots reforms outlined in the February 2008 National Accord, including a constitutional review, youth employment, police reform, and land reform. As a result, OTI seeks to support key U.S. Government policy goals and contribute to a stable Kenyan polity that mobilizes citizens' participation around a national identity and political party platforms rather than ethnic identities. 

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Last updated: December 04, 2014

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