Strengthening UK support for community security in Kenya
Sadly, many people in Kenya are forced to live with insecurity; violent criminality, politically motivated tensions, conflict between clans and tribes, violence against women and girls and more. Responding to such issues is tough. But understanding what drives them, and more importantly, mitigates them, is even more complex.
We have seen first-hand how quickly dynamics evolve and vary immensely across the country. Our experience tells us that they are the product of both emerging trends and patterns as well as entrenched systems and modes of behavior. Any efforts to tackle such problems must be multifaceted, adaptive and responsive, operating across multiple levels.
In a drive to reform Kenya’s police services, confront ongoing intercommunal violence and tackle violence against women and girls, the UK Government launched its Improving Community Security (ICS) programme in 2015. Over a three-year period, this ambitious programme has sought to address these issues both at the national level and across eight of Kenya’s most troubled counties.