Photo credit: Emmanuel O Productions/Saferworld
Photo credit: Emmanuel O Productions/Saferworld


Kenya recently moved from a central to a devolved government, transferring greater decision-making powers to its 47 counties. This offers Kenyans more opportunities to have a say in how their counties are governed and for building peace. But devolution has brought new challenges, exacerbating election tensions and increasing competition for power and resources.

Our work

Saferworld has been working with partners in Kenya since 2000 to prevent violence and build more peaceful communities. We work with a wide range of groups including the national peacebuilding committee, the police service, civil society organisations and communities. The aim of our work is to prevent violence around elections, and improve security in communities and in how security and justice services are provided and assessed. This involves helping to tighten control over small arms and improve and promote conflict-sensitive development and devolution.

In Kenya we are working on:

Elections – we work to reduce tensions and prevent violent conflict during elections.

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Empowering young people – we work with young people to ensure they’re involved in decision-making integral for long-term peace.

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Conflict-sensitive devolution – we work to ensure people have their say in decisions on governance, development, and peacebuilding.

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