Where We Work
Kenya is currently ranked 20 on the Global Terrorism Index of 2022. After a relatively calm period in the initial months of the year, violent extremist incidents intensified in Kenya during the second half of 2021. Most incidents were perpetrated by Al Shabab in the northeast, particularly in Garissa, Wajir and at the Coast, in Lamu.
The Government of Kenya and civil society actors worked collaboratively to respond to risks of violent extremism and as a result, 300 Kenyans left Al-Shabaab and surrendered to the Kenyan authorities in June.
Resisting Al-Shabab in Kibra, Nairobi
With the assistance from [GCERF’s local partner], we peacefully resolved conflicts regarding constructing this church within a predominantly Muslim community. [GCERF’s local partner] assisted in calming tensions between religious leaders, and now we are received and perceived well in Hongwe. This will go a long way in proving that Muslims and Christians can live together happily and in peace
– Pastor of a Pentecostal church, Hongwe in Lamu County
Pathways to Change
- Promote interfaith dialogue among religious leaders on the Kenyan coast.
- Train women and out-of-school youth in entrepreneurial skills.
- Create safe spaces and symposia for women to discuss the prevention of violent extremism in their communities.
- Establish community peace watch groups in Wajir, Garissa, and on the Kenyan coast to alert on early signs of radicalisation.
- Mentor peace ambassadors and youth.
Community members participated in activities designed to increase their level of engagement in their communities, including:
- 450 youth Peace Ambassadors received bespoke training
- 2,400 out-of-school youth received training on how to be a PVE mentor