DIVIDE AND RULE State-Sponsored Ethnic Violence in Kenya

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The ultimate responsibility for ending the violence lies with President Moi. The implications of this incitement of ethnic rivalries for partisan political gain are deeply disturbing.  If the government does not provide a lasting political solution for reconciliation and resettlement soon, the prospect of escalating violence and indiscriminate reprisals against the Kalenjin community appears likely.  The culture of violence that is taking root has made real the alarming possibility of civil war in Kenya, for which the government will bear a significant measure of responsibility.

download the Human Rights Watch report here

World report on violence and health

whoWorld report on violence and health

The visible and the invisible
The human cost in grief and pain, of course,
cannot be calculated. In fact, much of it is almost
invisible. While satellite technology has made
certain types of violence – terrorism, wars, riots
and civil unrest – visible to television audiences on
a daily basis, much more violence occurs out of
sight in homes, workplaces and even in the
medical and social institutions set up to care for
people. Many of the victims are too young, weak or
ill to protect themselves. Others are forced by social
conventions or pressures to keep silent about their
As with its impacts, some causes of violence are
easy to see. Others are deeply rooted in the social,
cultural and economic fabric of human life. Recent
research suggests that while biological and other
individual factors explain some of the predisposition
to aggression, more often these factors interact
with family, community, cultural and other
external factors to create a situation where violence
is likely to occur.

Ending violence against children

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Children’s voices
“Adults do not pay serious attention to tensions and
conflicts happening in our lives among us. Most parents
cannot easily understand our experiences outside
home and our feelings. When they learn about an incident
of violence that we have been involved in, they
are either overprotective, trying to immediately intervene
with other people in order to protect us, or they
are too distant and indifferent, trying to calm us down
without recognizing and understanding our stress or
On the other hand, teachers usually prefer to ignore
what seems to be a “minor incident”, such as teasing
or quarreling, which can in fact be very painful, and
deal superficially and occasionally clumsily with more
challenging conflicts, that may disturb school life and
rules or in any way may stimulate the interest of our
parents. In such cases teachers tend to impose easily
sanctions or give us strict warnings, without really trying
to investigate, understand and tackle the reasons
of our conflicts. They tend to be too busy with other
concerns such as curriculum, order, attainment and
school grades.
We need teachers to listen to us more carefully, to offer
us time and understanding and to respect our privacy.
We need to trust them and not to be afraid to
talk to them. When teachers want and try to bring us
together, either through group activities or through
organized discussions, then we feel that we are a
group that can find better solutions to any kind of
problem or challenge. The most difficult problems can
be solved if we feel that we are a team, with common
goals and efforts!” read the report here download it in PDF format.



Gender-based violence (GBV) in humanitarian emergencies is a life-threatening issue. GBV elrhaimpacts survivors’ immediate sexual, physical, and psychological health, and increases the risks of longer-term health problems and social stigma. The available evidence points to the aggravation of many forms of GBV during episodes of armed conflict and natural disasters, and highlights the particular importance of effective response in such settings (IASC, 2015, p. 7, 9). Please download the full report in PDF here.

Extractive Industries in Turkana, Kenya

Trukana, County

Trukana 1The year 2012 marked the announcement of commercially viable
quantities of oil in Turkana, Kenya, bringing excitement to Kenyans with the hope of better livelihoods as a result of revenue and employment. The state has positioned the sector to generate much needed revenue by overtly encouraging foreign direct investment.
The emerging oil and gas sector together with a fast growing miningTrukana 2 sector is anticipated to boost the Kenyan economy and help enable Kenya to realize its ambition to become a middle income country by 2030 (Vision 2030).
Africa has become strategic for the emerging and great powers mainly due to its natural resources. However, as experience from other resource rich countries such as Nigeria, Angola and DRC shows, mineral wealth may lead to a variety of impacts for countries, at national and local levels, which are to a greater extent negative. A recent World Bank report notes that mineral wealth does not translate into a reduction in poverty, with greater poverty reduction being achieved by countries without mineral wealth. Moreover, the oil industry has not been able to create many jobs as it is highly mechanized. Environmental and social impacts are often negative or even fatal. Mineral wealth can hurt the poor in several ways: by causing economic volatility; by crowding out the manufacturing and
agriculture sectors; by heightening inequality; by inducing violent
conflict; and by undermining democracy (since the government
no longer requires taxes from the people for revenue there are no
incentives to improve governance and services). This work considers
the potential for violent conflict and insecurity in Turkana in relation to the extractive industry. [Download report here]

Unlocked Homes

lock-Keys-DoorLocking your door reduces your chances of theft by up to 50% the chance is really 50 –  50! The same goes for your car! Fighting crime is a personal responsibility as much as it is the law enforcement officers duty to ensure our streets a free of law breakers. When burglars have a field day with free passes [unlocked doors] who really is to blame? I found this article on BBC quite interesting, I hope you enjoy it too. Read it here.

Source : bbc-blocks-dark BBC News Online.

Extractive Industries in Turkana, Kenya |The Report


The Turkana Oil and Extractive Meeting brought together fifty sTrukana 2takeholders from various organizations to officially launch the report on Conflict, Security and the Extractive Industries in Turkana, Kenya: Emerging Issues 2012 – 2015 and discuss pertinent issues that the report had uncovered. Seven presentations were made by experts in this area. The key issues that were addressed include: conflict and security in Turkana, the Norwegian experiences in the oil and gas sector, environmental governance and extractive resources, the role of the county and central governments in the management of oil and the benefits of oil and gas in capacity building in Turkana. By the end of the meeting, participants agreed that it is possible for Kenya to avoid the conflict and governance problems associated with abundant natural resources, if concerted efforts are made to manage the oil effectively. All stakeholders in the oil and extractive industry in Kenya should therefore, work together to ensure that the management of resources from this sector is done transparently and equitably.

Download the 2016 report in PDF here

To read the previous article [Extractive Industries in Turkana, Kenya] click here

Urban Crime and Violence Prevention | WBa Academy

Urban crime Image1and violence constitute a serious impediment to economic and social development globally. In many urban centers across the world, high crime and violence rates are undermining growth, threatening human welfare and impeding social development.

Within this context, the aim of this course is to enhance the capacity of communities and local governments to design, implement and manage effective and sustainable crime and violence prevention and reduction strategies.[more…]



Consultant Opportunities – Policing Assessment in Tanzania

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Please be advised that the deadline for applications for the consultancies described below has been extended until 15 January 2016.

1. Assessment Coordinator – Consultancy on the feasibility study/assessment and project design within the Tanzania Police Force. See https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=51670

2. Community policing expert – Consultancy on the feasibility study/assessment and project design within the Tanzania Police Force. See https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=51680

3. Police Oversight expert – Consultancy on the feasibility study/assessment and project design within the Tanzania Police Force. See https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=51681

With the compliments of UNODC.

Education and Crime and Justice | Call for Application 2015

Jacobs Foundation: Better Evidence for Children and Youth:

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For your information: The Campbell Collaboration’s Education and Crime & Justice Coordinating Groups and the Jacobs Foundation announced grants to support the development and publication of systematic reviews that address important issues in child and youth development. Grants between $25,000 and $50,000 USD are available following this Call for Applications.

Applications are accepted from researchers interested in studying important issues of child and youth development. Systematic reviews prepared under this program should focus on interventions, programs and/or policies in areas of interest to child and youth development such as:

  • Individualized learning and adaptive teaching
  • Learning and academic attainment
  • Educational programs seeking to promote socio-emotional development, self-regulation and positive behavior
  • Multilingual education
  • Early childhood education
  • Early intervention and prevention
  • Inclusive Education
  • Prevention of juvenile  delinquency and violence
  • Treatment of juvenile offenders
  • Treatment of child and adolescent victims

For any topic suggested, justification of relevance for the development of children and youth must be provided.  Outcomes to be studied could include:

  • Improvements in academic performance
  • Improvements in Employability
  • Improvements in health and well-being
  • Reduction in Victimization
  • Reduction in disruptive, delinquent or violent behavior

For each accepted proposal, the authors must go through the typical Campbell editorial process by submitting a title registration, a protocol, and a full review. The protocol and review will both go through the standard Campbell Collaboration external peer review process

Half of the grant amount will be paid after the acceptance of a review protocol through the Campbell Collaboration, the other half after publication of the Review.


Please upload two documents

Document 1: A completed Campbell Collaboration Title Registration Form (see: www.camApplyNowpbellcollaboration.org)

Document 2: 3-5 page Project Narrative that includes the following information (in one PDF):

  1. Summary of the topic area under review. In addition to summarizing the topic, be sure to mention any existing reviews and estimate the potential number of studies that will require coding.
  2. Detailed timeline for the title, protocol, and review, including timing for important milestones during the review process (e.g., literature search, abstract screening, literature retrieval, study eligibility screening, coding, analysis, etc.)
  3. Description of team and experience (attach 2 page CVs for each member of the review team – not part of the 3-5 page limit)
  4. Itemized budget (up to 50‘000 USD)

Deadline for Submission: January 15, 2016

Only proposals submitted via the online application form will be accepted.

Notification of funding decision: April 21, 2016

Good luck with your applications!

Berit Kieselbach

Technical Officer, Prevention of Violence
Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention (NVI)
World Health Organization
20 Avenue Appia
CH-1211 Geneva 27

Phone +41-22-791-2416 (direct)
Email kieselbachb@who.int