Independent Learning Review of the DFID Improving Community Security Programme
In a drive to reform Kenya’s police services, confront ongoing intercommunal violence and tackle violence against women and girls, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) 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 countries.
In March 2018, Wasafiri was commissioned to conduct a comprehensive and independent review of the programme – to learn from what has and hasn’t worked, to inform its forthcoming successor programme, and others like it.
Our team of researchers, experienced in unearthing rich perspectives and experiences around sensitive issues, endured hundreds of kilometers of rough and dusty roads, speaking with over 160 people from communities and institutions involved with the programme. This tough work was complemented by extensive consultations with officials from national Ministries and Departments responsible for policing, peacebuilding and gender and equality.