Where We Work
Kenya is ranked 21 on the 2019 Global Terrorism Index. Kenya shares land and coastal borders with Somalia, which is ranked 6 and is home to the Al-Shabab violent extremist group. AlShabab claims responsibility for almost all terror attacks in Kenya. The porous border between Kenya and Somalia makes those living
in border counties especially vulnerable.
The Dusit attack in January 2019 is a reminder that while attacks are more frequent near the border with Somalia, Nairobi and other counties in Kenya are being targeted. The Kenyan Government, through the National Counter-Terrorism Centre, is working with county governments and civil society organisations to develop county action plans (CAP) for the prevention of violent extremism in each Kenya’s 47 counties. GCERF is supporting their implementation in seven counties.
Resisting Al-Shabab in Kibra, Nairobi
I am currently in this program and working on getting a loan to buy a hand cart to enable me to be more efficient and effective in carrying out my operations as well as employ more youths into the venture.
My word of encouragement to the youths in the country is to remain focused and determined in whatever business venture, no matter how small, as this will help them not to be an easy target to violence.
– Kombe ** A young man living in Kibra, Nairobi. He has numerous friends who joined Al-Shabab over the years. Name has been changed for safety.
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