About Us

Mshikamano logos                       History, Mission and Guiding Principles

Mshikamano Trust is committed to conflict transformation and peace-building through innovative education, training, research and practice in the Kenya and horn of Africa region. Mshikamano was established in 2012 essay writing after a major national conference held in Nairobi in July 2012 entitled Community Tensions, Dialogue and Peace-building. The conference was initiated by what was then the Center for Peace and Reconciliation Studies (CPRS) and the Institute for Community Cohesion (ICOCO, later named Center for Social Relations)[1] at Coventry University, along with colleagues at University of Nairobi and Makerere University. To plan and carry out the conference, those three universities partnered with Kenya’s National Steering Committee on Peace-building and Conflict Management (NSC), the British Council, the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), PeaceNet, the Nairobi Peace Initiative – Africa and George Kut, an independent consultant. The aim was to bridge theory and practice in order to promote effective peace-building in the region. As a result of that conference a new ‘Partnership for Peace and Cohesion’ was proposed and later Mshikamano Trust was founded to formally take forward the ideals of the partnership.

 

Mshikamano recognizes that conflict is an inseparable part of human interaction. When addressed effectively, it can lead to peaceful and positive change. Mshikamano helps individuals, groups and institutions transform potentially essay writing conflicts by helping people develop skills, attitudes and practices which improve and sustain non violent relationships. Mshikamano works with non-governmental essay writing organizations, academia, and community based practitioners and governmental agencies to increase capacities aimed at transforming social conflicts into opportunities for peaceful change.

 

Mshikamano believes that conflicts are embedded in relations at the personal, interpersonal, organizational and community levels and include psycho-social, political, historical, and economic dimensions.

 

 

[1] Note: *The Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies and the Centre for Social Relations (formerly ICOCO, Institute on Community Cohesion) merged in 2013 to become the Centre for Trust, Peace, and Social Relations at Coventry University.