Africa Security Trends: Terrorism in Kenya (2015 Report)

API launches a new report, Africa Security Trends: Terrorism in Kenya (2015 Report). The report argues that although terrorist attacks have declined significantly, the country is still under threat from Al-Shabaab extremists in Somalia.

API Condoles with the Family of Slain Journalist, Abdiaziz Ali.

We at the Africa Policy Institute sends our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the fallen hero, Somali radio journalist Abdiaziz Ali whose life was ended prematurely and without cause by senseless gunmen. The killing of young promising lives like that of Abdiaziz is a great loss to the African continent. Abdiaziz is yet another sad reminder to the continent, Somalia's neighbours and the world to work with urgency to support a government in Somalia with the capacity to protect the lives and freedoms of citizens and professionals in that country. May almighty God rest his soul in peace.

 

IGAD Consultative Meetings on the Development of Regional Strategy on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism.

Date: August 31, 2016
Venue: Kampala, Uganda

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is in the process of developing a Regional Strategy on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism with support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and financial contribution from the Government of Japan.

The strategy will be developed within the framework of supporting the operationalization and development of the Horn and Eastern Africa CVE Center of Excellence and Counter-Messaging Hub.

As part of the methods of developing the Strategy, the IGAD delegation comprising of senior officials from its Member States plus Tanzania, as well as officials from the IGAD office of Security Sector Program and UNDP are holding consultations with various national stakeholders.

The process has kicked off by an inauguration meeting held on 25 July 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Consequently, in-depth and inclusive consultations were carried out in Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, and Tanzania. These consultations were intended to ensure the strategy is based on a shared understanding of the issues and builds on existing experience, while providing a forum for knowledge exchange. The main goal of the consultation process is to collate the views, perspectives and recommendation of key national stakeholders on what should be the main elements of the PVE/CVE strategy.

Uganda hosted the fifth round of national consultations for various actors in the conflict prevention sector work including government, civil society, faith-based organizations, academics, and development partners, among others. The official opening ceremony was presided by representatives of IGAD, Government of Japan, UNDP and the Government of Uganda... Read More

 

Development of Horn and Eastern Africa Regional Strategy for Preventing and Countering Extremism.

Date: July 26-27th, 2016
Venue: Addis Ababa
Lead Expert: Professor Peter Kagwanja (Africa Policy Institute)

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) with support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) started its consultation process for the development of the East Africa Regional Strategy on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism by an inauguration meeting held on 25 July 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The strategy will be developed within the framework of supporting the operationalization and development of the Horn and Eastern Africa CVE Center of Excellence and Counter-Messaging Hub.

The official opening ceremony of the meeting was presided by Mr. Berhane Assefa; Director of IGAD at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Ambassador Tewolde Gebremeskel; IGAD Peace and Security Director; Mr. Ozonnia Ojielo; UNDP Africa’s Regional Cluster Director for Governance and Peacebuilding; H.E. Kazuhiro Suzuki; Ambassador of Japan to Ethiopia, and Dr. Simon Nyambura (Head of CT & CVE Pillar of IGAD SSP). High level officials from IGAD Member States, Tanzania, Regional Organizations, development partners, and other stakeholders were in attendance.

During this meeting a comprehensive methodology and processes that will be followed to develop the strategy was discussed. As part of the process, the first consultation was held between 26-27 July 2016 in Ethiopia. In this process, the IGAD delegation developing the strategy held consultations with the officials of Government of Ethiopia, Regional organizations, and RECs, CSOs, religious based community groups, development partners, and other stakeholder who are involved in PVE and CVE issues. The main goal of the consultation process is to collate the views, perspectives and recommendation of key national stakeholders on what should be the main elements of the PVE/CVE strategy. The process will continue to the other IGAD Member States and Tanzania with the final draft report to be further reviewed and validated by the relevant authorities.

Turkic Council-UNAOC International Conference.

Date: October 20-21, 2016
Venue: Hilton Bosphorus Hotel Convention Center, Istanbul.

The Turkic Council and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) will co-host a two-day international conference entitled "Role of Youth in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism: Holistic Approaches from Education to De-radicalization" in Istanbul, Turkey. This is a follow-up conference after the 7th UNAOC Global Forum held in April 2016 in Baku. Professor Peter Kagwanja, API Chief Executive will be speaking at the 2nd Panel on “Mapping the Acts of Violent Extremism and Phenomenon of "Foreign Terrorist Fighters" where he will be sharing on violent extremism acts and their effects in Africa.

Book Launch: Transitional Justice and After, Mumo Nzau, PhD.

Date: September 5, 2016
Venue: Nairobi, Kenya.

The 2007/2008 post-election violence (PEV) remains a black spot in Kenya's national experience since independence. Following the episode, the country was involved in finding ways to restore the livelihoods of affected persons and to engender peaceful coexistence among the populace, particularly in the Rift Valley region which was the epicentre of the violence. Following an almost decade-long process of resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons and peacebuilding; this book presents and analyzes this experience; before proffering pertinent recommendations on the same going forward, particularly in lieu of the 2017 Kenya General Elections and after. Hence, the book is an account of Kenya's experience with transitional justice over this period; one that would interest not only the students of political science, international studies, and the general rubric of peace and conflict studies, but also scholars in the social sciences and humanities alike as well as policy makers and practitioners in the domains of governance, peace and national security.

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Visit to Moyale by UN Under Secretary.

Date: August 25, 2016
Venue: Kenya.

API will accompany the UN Under Secretary General and the UNDP Administrator, Ms Helen Clark, in a visit to Moyale on August 25, 2016. The trip will give her and the delegation first-hand information about the Kenya-Ethiopia Cross-border Programme launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and Prime Minister Desalegn of Ethiopia on December 7, 2015.

IGAD consultations in Uganda.

Date: August 24-27, 2016
Venue: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

IGAD holds Country consultations in Uganda on the Development of the Horn and Eastern Africa Regional Strategy for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism in Kampala.

Consultation on IGAD Strategy for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism.

Date: August 20-24, 2016
Venue: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) held a consultative Forum on the Development of an Eastern and Horn of Africa Strategy for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. The three day forum is part of a series of region wide comprehensive and inclusive consultations covering the eight countries of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda and involving senior government officials, academics, think tanks, civil society groups and faith based organizations that IGAD started in July 2016. The aim is to develop a regional strategy and plan of action for preventing and countering violent extremism. The process of the development of the IGAD Strategy, which is funded by the Government of Japan and supported by UNDP, is planned to end in December 2016. Professor Peter Kagwanja, API Chief Executive, is the lead consultant in the process.

Meru University Stakeholders Meeting.

Date: August 12, 2016
Venue: Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi.

Africa Policy Institute organized Equity-funded event to transform Meru University of Science and Technology into a model institution.

China-Africa Media and Think-Tank symposium.

Date: August 10-12, 2016,
Venue: Sarova Whitesands Hotel, Mombasa, Kenya

Africa Policy Institute participated in the China-Africa Media and Think-Tank Symposium which was jointly organised by the Institute of African Studies on behalf of Zhejiang Normal University, China-Africa Development Fund and Kenya Institute of Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA). The symposium, themed “Win-Win Cooperation for Common Development”, brought together about 150 senior officials, scholars, think-tank and media representatives as well as Chinese enterprises to discuss and deliberate on issues relating to Sino-African cooperation.

Regional Strategy for Countering Violent Extremism in Eastern and the Horn of Africa.

Date: August 8-10, 2016
Venue: Nairobi

Africa Policy Institute provided expertise during the IGAD-led consultative process on developing a regional Strategy for Countering Violent Extremism in Eastern and the Horn of Africa.

Managing Security Resources: An East African Dialogue.

Date: August 1-5, 2016
Venue: Arusha, Tanzania

Africa Policy Institute participate in the Workshop on "Managing Security Resources: An East African Dialogue" jointly organized by the East African Community (EAC) and the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, United States National Defence University (NDU).