NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
An innovative conflict resolution model
pioneered by a Nairobi-based charity group is helping
Kenya’s warring communities lay down arms ahead of hotly
contested August polls.
Centre for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation said
in a statement on Monday that its research and
development centered peace-building initiative could
strengthen cohesion in volatile regions like the arid
north and urban slums as Kenya gears up for elections.
Patrick Devine, an Irish priest who founded the charity
organization in 2009, said that a participatory and
development oriented approach to conflict resolution is
crucial to prevent skirmishes in Kenya and beyond the
empowering Kenya’s grassroots to address the underlying
causes of conflict like poverty and environmental
degradation, a transformation will be realized,” Devine
remarked, adding that provision of social amenities like
education, health and clean water has reduced
inter-tribal conflicts in Kenya’s arid north.
centre was founded in the aftermath of 2007-08 post
election violence in Kenya that claimed 1,300 lives and
displaced more than half a million people.
resolution model in northern Kenya where competition for
scarce resources, small arms and incitement are to blame
for inter-tribal skirmishes will soon be rolled out in
strife-torn neighboring countries.
that local and international peace ambassadors will ramp
up dialogue and empowerment of grassroots communities in
Kenya’s violence hotspots like the arid north and urban
slums to ward of election related chaos.
“So far this
year, we have implemented over 50 workshops on the issue
of election preparedness aimed at conflict prevention
and ensuring a fair and just process,” said Devine.
that his organization has partnered with Kenyan
independent institutions to empower local communities
and ensure they own the electoral process to avoid
manipulation by inciters.
utilizing quality research to ensure that local
communities’ capacity can be manipulated positively to
ensure they take ownership for peaceful, fair and just
process in the period before, during and after voting,”
that solar powered schools, health centers and water
projects have boosted peace and development in Kenya’s
northern frontier districts that are synonymous with
conflicts and climatic shocks.