Evidence & Lessons
The evidence and lessons being captured by Jamii Thabiti are informing policies and processes throughout the country. While the project itself is working in eight counties across Kenya, the lessons being learned have the potential to inform actions throughout the rest of the country. On this page we aim to detail some of the actions we're learning from, across all of the project's thematic areas.
Reform and reconciliation in Kenya - homegrown solutions for peace
Jamii Thabiti (JT) works with reformed members of separatist groups, such as the Mombasa Republican Council, to negotiate peace solutions between communities and Kenyan national government. Methods used to reduce hostilities towards national government have involved working with youth groups to train them on mediation techniques, as well as working with existing peacebuilding structures at the community level, such as the Council of Elders, local peace committees and forums, to organise community meetings to sensitise youth on peaceful coexistence. Working with downstream partners, such as the Coast Interfaith Council of Clerics, enables JT to work collaboratively with community-level peace and reconciliation structures, to create home-grown solutions to conflict.
Reducing clan conflict through community dialogue
Jamii Thabiti (JT) uses alternative dispute resolution to reduce inter and intra-clan violence in the north eastern regional of Kenya. Navigating the complexities of clan identities and different sources of grievances has resulted in a multi-level approach to reconciliation: at the national level through policy formulation, at the county level through policy implementation and at the community level through policies adopted by local communities. By working with downstream partners, such as Wajir Peace and Development Agency, JT facilitates discussions within and between communities. Supporting community-driven dialogue empowers clans and communities to resolve both internal and external conflict, as well as working alongside national government.
Improving access to justice through Community Policing Committees
Jamii Thabiti works together with national and county governments, the National Police Service, local partners and communities to establish contextually relevant local structures (Community Policing Committees) responsible for addressing security and safety problems. These committees bridge the gap between the police and communities and create community dialogue platforms aimed at establishing safe, fair and transparent channels for holding each to account. Through this programme, 32 committees across eight counties have been set up. These have contributed to an 8% increase in public perceptions of safety, a 16% increase in public satisfaction with services provided and a 37% increase in women expressing they thought policing services have improved.
Support and services for mitigating violence against women and girls
By working with national and county governments, the National Gender Equality Commission, Gender Technical Working Groups, Women Concern Centre and the National Police Service, Jamii Thabiti has improved prevention and mitigation of violence against women and girls. This video shows how, with a little technical assistance and training local stakeholders have achieved change in Kisumu and Bungoma counties.
Jamii Thabiti and downstream partner Women Concerns Centre have been supporting formation of survivors’ of violence against women and girls’ safety-nets by coordinating Village Savings and Loans Association to empower women by giving them greater financial independence. This approach has been combined with the training of the established Gender Units with the National Police Service at the police station and the Gender Technical Working Group to coordinate multiple actors within the referral chain for more efficient service delivery.
Improving legal and social protection against sexual and gender-based violence
In Kenya, violence against women and girls is prevalent. Coffey has been implementing the Jamii Thabiti (JT) programme to mitigate the effects and support survivors by improving their legal and social protection. Through our work JT has contributed to a 73% increase from baseline in the number of reported cases, a 64% increase in the number of cases investigated and a 6.2% increase in the number of cases prosecuted.
We have worked with both country-level and downstream partners to localise national legal frameworks to county contexts. Such partners include the Collaborative Centre for Gender and Development and Sauti Ya Wanawake Pwani. This legal framework, the SGBV Prototype Bill, holds both government and county officials responsible for the protection of women and girls against SGBV. The Bill outlines the county’s role in case management to enhance female safety, management and the referral mechanism. So far, the Bill has been passed in Kwale, Bungoma and Baringo.
We adopted a multisectoral approach to help train civic stakeholders, including police officers, and to raise awareness around the true impacts of SGBV on both the individual and the wider community. Our strategy varied from establishing local VAWG committees to increasing communication between police stations and relevant VAWG stakeholders. Moreover, we held multiple training workshops for paralegals and wider gender actors as well as producing and disseminating information through media campaigns. The success of such a mixed methods approach is particularly felt through the increased sense of assurance from our local partners to refer victims to police stations.
Key Achievements 2018
Election violence prevention interventions 2017
The run up to the National election in 2017 has heightened political tensions throughout Kenya. Working responsively with downstream partners, Jamii Thabiti has delivered - and is continuing to deliver - election-violence related activities, in line with the Jamii Thabiti Election Security and Preparedness Strategy.
Improving security sector coordination - May 2017
During the first quarter of 2017, county level security coordination has improved throughout the eight Jamii Thabiti counties, notably due to the work undertaken with the County Security Intelligence Committees (CSICs).
Problem-driven iterative adaptation (PDIA) on Jamii Thabiti
The problem-driven iterative adaptation (PDIA) approach taken to programming by the Jamii Thabiti team is setting precedent and capturing lessons that have a much wider relevance on other development programmes. Read more about the PDIA workshop the Jamii Thabiti team held in June 2017 to capture those lessons here.