What We're Reading
October 2017 | Kenya

This month, the RESOLVE Network team’s “What We’re Reading” post again resumes focus on our 10 priority countries. The post features research addressing concepts related to belief, governance, populations, and violence in the country of  Kenya. The publications below delve into the goals and outcomes of a variety of P/CVE programs carried out in the country, communal level dynamics and resilience to violent extremism, and security sector responses in Kenya. Click the links below to view the documents.

A Case Study of Counter Violent Extremism (CVE) Programming: Lessons from OTI’s Kenya Transition Initiative
Between 2011 and 2014 the USAID Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI)’s Kenya Transition Initiative implemented what was essentially a pilot program of the new Countering Violent Extre...
Africa Security Trends: Terrorism in Kenya
The purpose of this report is to present the changing landscape in terrorist activities in Kenya between October 2011 and December 2014. This study was undertaken against the backdrop of ...
Climate change, violent conflict and local institutions in Kenya's drylands
Many regions that are endowed with scarce natural resources such as arable land and water, and which are remote from a central government, suffer from violence and ethnic strife. A number...
Community Resilience to Violent Extremism in Kenya
Focusing on six urban neighborhoods in Kenya, this report explores how key resilience factors have prevented or countered violent extremist activity at the local level. It is based on a o...
Is Kenya’s Anti-Terrorist Crackdown Exacerbating Drivers of Violent Extremism?
Kenya has seen a dramatic rise in violent extremism: Between 1970 and 2007, the country experienced 190 terrorist attacks, an average of five per year; since 2008, the average has escalat...
Kenya’s Rift Valley: Old Wounds, Devolution’s New Anxieties
The Rift Valley is the crucible of Kenya’s intercommunal conflicts and often the site of confrontations among rival ethnic political blocs. Though an election alliance has brought toget...
Meet Me at the Maskani: Mapping of Influencers, Networks, and Communication Channels in Kenya and Tanzania
Radicalization across East Africa has increased in recent years. Affecting both Kenya and Tanzania, both countries have focused national and regional efforts to prevent and counter violen...
Philosophizing Alternative Pan-African Media and Society Approaches to Countering Female Violent Extremism in Kenya for Peace and Security
While women are increasingly playing key roles in terrorist and violent extremist groups in some parts of Africa, little research has been done to highlight the link between women and ter...
Political Socialization and Terrorist Radicalization Among Individuals Who Joined al-Shabaab in Kenya
Islamist extremism through al-Shabaab is increasing its foothold in Kenya. In contrast to the common perceptionäóîas depicted through government responsesäóîradicalization and recru...
Preventing Violent Extremism in Kenya through Value Complexity: Assessment of Being Kenyan Being Muslim
Being Kenyan Being Muslim (BKBM) is an intervention that counters violent extremism and other forms of intergroup conflict through promoting value complexity. BKBM was trialled in Eastlei...
Radicalisation in Kenya: Recruitment to al-Shabaab and the Mombasa Republican Council
Despite a history of extremism and unconventional political developments in Kenya, relatively little empirical research has been done to determine why and how individuals join al-Shabaab ...
STRIVE: Lessons Learned
THE STRENGTHENING Resilience to Violence and Extremism (STRIVE) Horn of Africa (HoA) programme represents the first dedicated effort by the European Commission to implement a project outs...
Terrorists, Geopolitics and Kenya's Proposed Border Wall with Somalia
Addressing border security appears to be a plausible approach for states that suffer from terrorism. KenyaÕs border wall is to keep terrorists out of Kenya. Utilizing a comparative appro...
Understanding al-Shabaab: clan, Islam and insurgency in Kenya
Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen has proven itself to be a highly adaptable organisation. Their most recent evolution has seen them transform from an overt, military and governmental forc...
What Say Do Women Have in Kenya's Peace and Security?
In March, Kenya became one of 60 countries to have developed an action plan to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325), on women, peace ...
Violent Extremism and Clan Dynamics in Kenya
Derived from interviews across three Kenyan counties, this report explores the relationships between resilience and risk to clan violence and violent extremism in the northeast region of ...
Violent Extremism in Kenya: Risk and Resilience
Kenya, along with the rest of the world, has struggled to craft a response to tackling violent extremism, especially since militarist groups have been quick to adjust their recruitment me...