Institute for Peace and Justice

Contact: Zahra Ismail
Phone: (619) 260-7867
Fax: (619) 260-7570

Location: KIPJ Room 121
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

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Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice


Our Work in the Field: Violence Prevention

The violence prevention project in Kenya is a partnership between the Institute for Peace and Justice, Cissta Kenya and Chemchemi Ya Ukweli – both community-based peacebuilding organizations in Nairobi that work in communities which have been and continue to be impacted by extreme violence following the post-election violence of 2007-8.

The primary goal of the project is to reduce levels of violence, encourage dialogue and facilitate cooperation by building community capacity in violence prevention. The project is focused on Mathare, Korogocho and Kibera, three particularly vulnerable communities in the Nairobi area.

Project Activities

The institute – in partnership with Cissta and Chemchemi Ya Ukweli – conducted a baseline survey in early 2012 to map out public perceptions of violence and the root causes of conflict in each community, and provided an intensive training of trainers with Cissta volunteers from each community. The trainings covered skills and tools in conflict resolution, violence mitigation, community mobilization and action planning, and strategies for civic engagement.

Over the month of March 2012, Cissta volunteers conducted two-day trainings in their respective communities, focused on building an understanding of conflict and violence, and addressing issues of conflict in their communities in order to reduce the risk of violence.

In April 2012, institute Program Officer Zahra Ismail returned to Nairobi to conduct one-day follow-up trainings with community participants to identify risk issues in each community, and to begin to develop prevention strategies and contingency plans to respond to these issues when they arise.

In November 2012, in response to an identified need to address the tenuous relationship between youth and security actors, the institute and its partners hosted a two-day forum entitled Building Alliances: Working Together to Prevent Violence. It brought youth and community participants together with high-level civil society, government and police in order to build bridges and develop collaborative plans for mitigating violence in time for the March 2013 elections.

Ismail was a short-term election observer with the Carter Center's International Election Observation Mission to Kenya for the 2013 elections.

The institute plans to continue the dialogue process started between youth and security actors in Nairobi as new funding is secured.

For more information about the institute’s work in Kenya, please contact Program Officer Zahra Ismail.