COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM

REINVENT’s approach to CVE envisions an effective CVE policy framework with strong national, county, community and CVE actor’s engagement. Amongst Kenya’s security challenges is the threat presented by violent extremist (VE) activities. Based on RUSI’s experience from the Strengthening Resilience to Violent Extremism (STRIVE) programme and other CVE interventions, REINVENT’s approach to CVE envisions an effective CVE policy framework backed by national and county level implementation with a strong community and CVE actor engagement.

REINVENT PROGRAMME APPROACH

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Works with national and county institutions on CVE policy, including the National Counter terrorism Centre (NCTC) to revise and implement national frameworks for the implementation of the National CVE Strategy (NSCVE).namics.

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Builds on existing relationships with the National Police Service (NPS) to articulate and delineate its role the quality of CVE policing responses in vulnerable communities.

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Works with key state and non-state actors, local partners and local communities to mobilize support for the County Action Plans (CAPs).

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Identifies alienating factors and creates platforms to establish trust between security agencies and communities.

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Utilizes findings from continuous monitoring and evaluation exercises to identify emerging trends, provide new insights into violent extremism dynamics

Success Story

Placing Community Actors at the Frontline of Prevention of Violent Extremism

In Kenya’s coastal region, Lamu remains one of the most affected counties and thus fits in the overall framework of fragile, conflict and violence-affected settings due to the latency of radicalisation, extremism and terror activities posed by the Al Shabaab group. Kiunga Youth Bunge Initiative- a community-based organization based in Lamu county convened a training for religious leaders and Madrassa teachers.

This training sought to build the capacity and understating among religious leaders and key community actors in terms of how they complement national CVE efforts. One stark lesson emerging in this pilot intervention is the centrality of community influencers such as Madrassa teachers, religious leaders who shape community and State responses to deradicalization, counter-narratives and anti-recruitment interventions.

The recommendations from the workshop provided a useful framework of designing the effective implementation of interventions dealing with the community- State relations and how to engage religious leaders and Madrassa teachers