Programs

Mshikamano applies its experience and expertise in conflict analysis, program design and implementation and evaluation to support the needs of our clients. Our programme support to organizations and consultancy services are grounded in practical experience, applied research and theory of change. Mshikamano member consultants have provided leadership to a number of peacebuilding programmes in eastern Africa and as well conducted conflict interventions and research around the world.

 
Training initiatives with Coalition for Peace in Africa (COPA)

Mshikamano provides lead trainers to support COPA[1] in designing training curricular and in delivering high quality peacebuilding training events targeting peacebuilding practitioners working in fragile and complex contexts in various parts of Africa. Past participants have come from the:

 

  • Crime prevention and Conflict Transformation Course

Violence and Crime are closely related. Many organizations and institutions dealing with crime prevention also handle violence and conflict. At the same time the organizations modeled to deal with conflict transformation and peacebuilding inevitably address crime and safety issues. This is happening in a theory and practice environment where there is rarely a discipline that prepares practitioners to professionally respond to both crime prevention and conflict transformation. In turn, this has created a gap in community programming that needs to be addressed. Staffs of organizations working with communities for social change at various levels need to take additional preparation in the requisite knowledge and skills to include Crime Prevention in Conflict Transformation in order to improve on the delivery of community based peacebuilding programs. This Tailor Made Training is an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills that combine crime prevention, conflict transformation in peacebuilding towards building a stronger sense of human security.

  • Gendering human security, conflict transformation and peacebuilding[2]

This training aims at developing a better understanding of gender and violence prevention in post conflict transitions with emphasis on how women participation can be enhanced. The focus is on the international legal instruments that support gender based violence prevention and enhancing the participation of women in peacebuilding processes such as CEDAW and UNSCR 1325. The course also provides a link of these instruments to human security paradigm as the framework for gendered peacebuilding and conflict transformation.

  •  Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning (MERL) in peacebuilding practice [3]

MERL is an integral part of every intervention whether in development, peacebuilding, humanitarian assistance or livelihood support. When systematically done, MERL makes it easy to articulate a project’s theory of change, determine if the implementation schedule is still on course and determine if desired results are being achieved. It also enables programme staff to easily draw lessons from what is working, recommend and undertake appropriate measures in the programmed cycle.

  • Training of trainers in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation[4]

Training of Trainers in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation’ is an annual event that targets practitioners who would like to build their skills and knowledge on designing, facilitating and evaluating trainings. Those who attend are drawn from government agencies, international and national NGOs.

  • Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation [5]

Many people engaging with peacebuilding in fragile and complex contexts continue to express the need to have additional preparation in the requisite knowledge and skills to help them improve on the delivery of their programs or simply acquire interpersonal skills for conflict transformation. Such training needs are out of the belief that the capacity for peacebuilding is dependent on understanding of conflict dynamics and the recognition for operating conflict response initiatives within a framework for identifying context specific peacebuilding activities. This training is an opportunity to discuss and practice of basic concepts in peacebuilding. The course has been designed to benefit peace actors interested in deepening their understanding of peacebuilding and wishing to work or are already working in post conflicts settings. It is also meant for those wishing include or strengthen conflict sensitivity in programming.

 

Linking Policy, Practice and Academia

State governance systems at the horn of Africa region are today challenged by the need to develop practical action to monitor tensions and respond fairly and proactively. Those that have an operational role at times battle with timely response due to delays at every stage of the early warning and early response processes. If properly planned and managed, indigenous and endogenous forms of peacebuilding and conflict prevention can serve as an effective avenue for communities to address any simmering tensions that may arise amongst them without experiencing the delays that come with bureaucracy. These practices can be documented and widely shared as experiential learning to be replicated where found useful.

A number of state universities have recently included academic focus on conflict resolution as a way of contributing peacebuilding in the region. They however need to increase collaboration with practitioners to continue to develop and embed practices with those on the ground beyond the university precincts. The starting point is to engage in a series of learning exchanges between theory, practice and policy that seek to identify and document the ideas and experiences community level practitioners have employed over time towards detecting and resolving inter-communal tensions. Such an engagement will examine the effectiveness of these practices with a view to providing cases for lessons learned and replication.

Embracing the work of academia and researchers in peacebuilding will provide forums for exchange between theory and practice and identify gaps that need to be filled. Advertently, there already exists an arrangement involving the University of Nairobi (Kenya), Makerere University (Uganda) and Coventry University (UK). The three universities have over the past years collaborated to share knowledge, experience and learning of conflict issues, and have together developed a Masters in Peace Education (University of Nairobi) and a Bachelor in Peace and Human Security Studies (Makerere University). The universities worked closely in 2012 with practitioners and policymakers to organize a conference on community tensions, peacebuilding and dialogue in Nairobi Kenya. The significance of the conference was underscored by the establishment of a partnership which now acts as a cornerstone for subsequent events providing a focus for momentum and the establishment of an infrastructure for conference outcomes to be disseminated and implemented. For instance, a follow up of the conference outcome was a workshop between academia and parishioners in Nairobi Kenya 2013. The workshop identified practitioners’ peace stories for publication. This will be followed by other expert voices drawn from both academia and practice together to share practices and help build a shared peace culture in the future.

 

Watch out for a publication which has been done as collaboration between the Mshikamano, University of Nairobi and Coventry University.

 

Mshikamano Horn of Africa objectives and potential collaboration

The following objectives provide a summery of programme areas for potential collaboration between Mshikamano and other organizations with a regional focus on peacebuilding at the horn of Africa. Such organizations may want to collaborate/partner with Mshikamano experts in pursuing one or more of the objectives as described below.

  1. Provide regular fora for academia, policy and practice to interact and share experiences and lessons learned in the management of peacebuilding with a view to developing best practice in peace, trust and social relations.
  2. Identify indicators for inter-communal tensions, methods and tools for monitoring and explore their applicability to peacebuilding theory.
  3. Explore coordination initiatives from different levels (governmental, civil society and community-based institutions) and examine the nexus between inter-communal tensions with cross-border conflicts and propose ways of strengthening coordinated response using indigenous and external conflict response mechanisms.
  4. Documentation of experiences, as well publications and research collaboration through the establishment of an infrastructure for cross-learning and knowledge management.
  5. Contribute to collaborative research between the horn of Africa region and the UK to explore processes of social-coexistence.

 

 

[1] COPA is an African network of peace builders whose purpose is to promote peace, justice, human rights and development through capacity building, advocacy, and research

[2] In the past two years that the course has been in existence, participants came from UNDP Kenya, UNMISS, UNFIL, Tearfund South Sudan, NCA Burundi, SFCG Burundi, SPDP Sudan, PD South Sudan and End Impunity-South Sudan

[3] This course has in the past years attracted participants from Ejo Youth Echo – Rwanda, Vision Jeunesse Nouvelle (VJN), Aegis Trust – Rwanda, Never Again Rwanda, Kenya Red Cross Society, Islamic Relief Organization – Sudan

[4] In the past practitioners who attended the course came from Kenya, Sudan, DRC, South Sudan and Nigeria and they represented the Nuer Peace Council, Emergency Relief, Rehabilitation & Development Agency (ERRADA),Mubadiroon, Life & Peace Institute, VISTAS/AECOM, Panyjiar Community Development Services, Norwegian Church Aid, SOS Sahel, Bomia Development Initiative, Nuweda, International Rescue Committee, Darfur Peace & Development Initiative, The Sudanese Development Call Organization, Danish Demining Group, Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria, Aweli Community Women Organization, Community Peace Initiative and Voluntary Youth Philanthropists

[5] Previous training attracted attendance from UN Women – Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO), American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) – Africa Regional Office – Nairobi, International Rescue Committee (IRC) – Somalia, Province of the Church of Uganda (COU), Tearfund Switzerland, Across – Sudan, Ejo Youth Echo – Rwanda, United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) – Sudan, International Rescue Committee – South Sudan, Nile Hope – Juba, South Sudan

Programs

Mshikamano applies its experience and expertise in conflict analysis, programme design and implementation and evaluation to support the needs of our clients. Our programme support to organisations and consultancy services are grounded in practical experience, applied research and theory of change. Mshikamano member consultants have provided leadership to a number of peacebuilding programmes in eastern Africa and as well conducted conflict interventions and research around the world.

Enhancing Access to Decision-Making and Accessibility Rights for Persons with Disability in Kenya

This project seeks to enhance access to decision-making and accessibility rights for persons with disability in Kenya. More specifically, to enhance compliance local and international instruments that protect and promote rights of person with disability; enhance their capacity to organize and participate in political and public life in their communities; increase their participation in the upcoming general elections, and combat entrenched cultural practices and attitudes that undermine inclusion, accessibility and decision making for persons with disability. Through training, advocacy, research and audits, it seeks to create awareness among policy makers, enhance the capacity of persons with disability to influence policy and practice and combat entrenched cultural beliefs and attitudes that undermine their inclusion and participation. The 18-months project targets four counties, namely: Wajir, Garissa, Mandera and Tana River, counties where persons with disability suffer double marginalization.

Partner-Specific Support in Community Tension Monitoring, Violence Prevention and Peacebuilding

This projects makes technical support in participatory research, context-specific curriculum development and training available to non-profit making organisations  working in fragile and conflict affected environments in Eastern and Central Africa Region

  • Training on Gender and Prevention of Violent Extremism
  • Conflict Analysis and Prevention of Election Violence
  • Developing customised curricula and training materials for introductory and advanced seminars, workshops and professional courses for religious organisations, civil society and public leaders.
  • Deepening the understanding of gender and peace issues within inter-faith environments
  • Developing frameworks to help communities manage natural resource and enterprise projects based conflicts.
Training initiatives with Coalition for Peace in Africa (COPA)

Mshikamano provides lead trainers to support COPA[1] in designing training curricular and in delivering high quality peacebuilding courses targeting practitioners working in fragile and complex contexts in various parts of Africa. The courses include:

  • Crime prevention and Conflict Transformation Course

Violence and Crime are closely related. Many organizations and institutions dealing with crime prevention also handle violence and conflict. At the same time the organizations modeled to deal with conflict transformation and peacebuilding inevitably address crime and safety issues. This is happening in a theory and practice environment where there is rarely a discipline that prepares practitioners to professionally respond to both crime prevention and conflict transformation. In turn, this has created a gap in community programming that needs to be addressed. Staffs of organizations working with communities for social change at various levels need to take additional preparation in the requisite knowledge and skills to include Crime Prevention in Conflict Transformation in order to improve on the delivery of community based peacebuilding programs. This Tailor Made Training is an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills that combine crime prevention, conflict transformation in peacebuilding towards building a stronger sense of human security.

  • Gendering human security, conflict transformation and peacebuilding[2]

This training aims at developing a better understanding of gender and violence prevention in post conflict transitions with emphasis on how women participation can be enhanced. The focus is on the international legal instruments that support gender based violence prevention and enhancing the participation of women in peacebuilding processes such as CEDAW and UNSCR 1325. The course also provides a link of these instruments to human security paradigm as the framework for gendered peacebuilding and conflict transformation.

  •  Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning (MERL) in peacebuilding practice [3]

MERL is an integral part of every intervention whether in development, peacebuilding, humanitarian assistance or livelihood support. When systematically done, MERL makes it easy to articulate a project’s theory of change, determine if the implementation schedule is still on course and determine if desired results are being achieved. It also enables programme staff to easily draw lessons from what is working, recommend and undertake appropriate measures in the programmed cycle.

  • Training of trainers in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation[4]

Training of Trainers in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation’ is an annual event that targets practitioners who would like to build their skills and knowledge on designing, facilitating and evaluating trainings. Those who attend are drawn from government agencies, international and national NGOs.

  • Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation [5]

Many people engaging with peacebuilding in fragile and complex contexts continue to express the need to have additional preparation in the requisite knowledge and skills to help them improve on the delivery of their programs or simply acquire interpersonal skills for conflict transformation. Such training needs are out of the belief that the capacity for peacebuilding is dependent on understanding of conflict dynamics and the recognition for operating conflict response initiatives within a framework for identifying context specific peacebuilding activities. This training is an opportunity to discuss and practice of basic concepts in peacebuilding. The course has been designed to benefit peace actors interested in deepening their understanding of peacebuilding and wishing to work or are already working in post conflicts settings. It is also meant for those wishing include or strengthen conflict sensitivity in programming.

[1] COPA is an African network of peace builders whose purpose is to promote peace, justice, human rights and development through capacity building, advocacy, and research

[2] In the past two years that the course has been in existence, participants came from UNDP Kenya, UNMISS, UNFIL, Tearfund South Sudan, NCA Burundi, SFCG Burundi, SPDP Sudan, PD South Sudan and End Impunity-South Sudan

[3] This course has in the past years attracted participants from Ejo Youth Echo – Rwanda, Vision Jeunesse Nouvelle (VJN), Aegis Trust – Rwanda, Never Again Rwanda, Kenya Red Cross Society, Islamic Relief Organization – Sudan

[4] In the past practitioners who attended the course came from Kenya, Sudan, DRC, South Sudan and Nigeria and they represented the Nuer Peace Council, Emergency Relief, Rehabilitation & Development Agency (ERRADA),Mubadiroon, Life & Peace Institute, VISTAS/AECOM, Panyjiar Community Development Services, Norwegian Church Aid, SOS Sahel, Bomia Development Initiative, Nuweda, International Rescue Committee, Darfur Peace & Development Initiative, The Sudanese Development Call Organization, Danish Demining Group, Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria, Aweli Community Women Organization, Community Peace Initiative and Voluntary Youth Philanthropists

[5] Previous training attracted attendance from UN Women – Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO), American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) – Africa Regional Office – Nairobi, International Rescue Committee (IRC) – Somalia, Province of the Church of Uganda (COU), Tearfund Switzerland, Across – Sudan, Ejo Youth Echo – Rwanda, United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) – Sudan, International Rescue Committee – South Sudan, Nile Hope – Juba, South Sudan

Programs

Mshikamano applies its experience and expertise in conflict analysis, program design and implementation and evaluation to support the needs of our clients. Our programme support to organizations and consultancy services are grounded in practical experience, applied research and theory of change. Mshikamano member consultants have provided leadership to a number of peacebuilding programmes in eastern Africa and as well conducted conflict interventions and research around the world.

 
Training initiatives with Coalition for Peace in Africa (COPA)

Mshikamano provides lead trainers to support COPA[1] in designing training curricular and in delivering high quality peacebuilding training events targeting peacebuilding practitioners working in fragile and complex contexts in various parts of Africa. Past participants have come from the:

 

  • Crime prevention and Conflict Transformation Course

Violence and Crime are closely related. Many organizations and institutions dealing with crime prevention also handle violence and conflict. At the same time the organizations modeled to deal with conflict transformation and peacebuilding inevitably address crime and safety issues. This is happening in a theory and practice environment where there is rarely a discipline that prepares practitioners to professionally respond to both crime prevention and conflict transformation. In turn, this has created a gap in community programming that needs to be addressed. Staffs of organizations working with communities for social change at various levels need to take additional preparation in the requisite knowledge and skills to include Crime Prevention in Conflict Transformation in order to improve on the delivery of community based peacebuilding programs. This Tailor Made Training is an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills that combine crime prevention, conflict transformation in peacebuilding towards building a stronger sense of human security.

  • Gendering human security, conflict transformation and peacebuilding[2]

This training aims at developing a better understanding of gender and violence prevention in post conflict transitions with emphasis on how women participation can be enhanced. The focus is on the international legal instruments that support gender based violence prevention and enhancing the participation of women in peacebuilding processes such as CEDAW and UNSCR 1325. The course also provides a link of these instruments to human security paradigm as the framework for gendered peacebuilding and conflict transformation.

  •  Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning (MERL) in peacebuilding practice [3]

MERL is an integral part of every intervention whether in development, peacebuilding, humanitarian assistance or livelihood support. When systematically done, MERL makes it easy to articulate a project’s theory of change, determine if the implementation schedule is still on course and determine if desired results are being achieved. It also enables programme staff to easily draw lessons from what is working, recommend and undertake appropriate measures in the programmed cycle.

  • Training of trainers in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation[4]

Training of Trainers in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation’ is an annual event that targets practitioners who would like to build their skills and knowledge on designing, facilitating and evaluating trainings. Those who attend are drawn from government agencies, international and national NGOs.

  • Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation [5]

Many people engaging with peacebuilding in fragile and complex contexts continue to express the need to have additional preparation in the requisite knowledge and skills to help them improve on the delivery of their programs or simply acquire interpersonal skills for conflict transformation. Such training needs are out of the belief that the capacity for peacebuilding is dependent on understanding of conflict dynamics and the recognition for operating conflict response initiatives within a framework for identifying context specific peacebuilding activities. This training is an opportunity to discuss and practice of basic concepts in peacebuilding. The course has been designed to benefit peace actors interested in deepening their understanding of peacebuilding and wishing to work or are already working in post conflicts settings. It is also meant for those wishing include or strengthen conflict sensitivity in programming.

 

Linking Policy, Practice and Academia

State governance systems at the horn of Africa region are today challenged by the need to develop practical action to monitor tensions and respond fairly and proactively. Those that have an operational role at times battle with timely response due to delays at every stage of the early warning and early response processes. If properly planned and managed, indigenous and endogenous forms of peacebuilding and conflict prevention can serve as an effective avenue for communities to address any simmering tensions that may arise amongst them without experiencing the delays that come with bureaucracy. These practices can be documented and widely shared as experiential learning to be replicated where found useful.

A number of state universities have recently included academic focus on conflict resolution as a way of contributing peacebuilding in the region. They however need to increase collaboration with practitioners to continue to develop and embed practices with those on the ground beyond the university precincts. The starting point is to engage in a series of learning exchanges between theory, practice and policy that seek to identify and document the ideas and experiences community level practitioners have employed over time towards detecting and resolving inter-communal tensions. Such an engagement will examine the effectiveness of these practices with a view to providing cases for lessons learned and replication.

Embracing the work of academia and researchers in peacebuilding will provide forums for exchange between theory and practice and identify gaps that need to be filled. Advertently, there already exists an arrangement involving the University of Nairobi (Kenya), Makerere University (Uganda) and Coventry University (UK). The three universities have over the past years collaborated to share knowledge, experience and learning of conflict issues, and have together developed a Masters in Peace Education (University of Nairobi) and a Bachelor in Peace and Human Security Studies (Makerere University). The universities worked closely in 2012 with practitioners and policymakers to organize a conference on community tensions, peacebuilding and dialogue in Nairobi Kenya. The significance of the conference was underscored by the establishment of a partnership which now acts as a cornerstone for subsequent events providing a focus for momentum and the establishment of an infrastructure for conference outcomes to be disseminated and implemented. For instance, a follow up of the conference outcome was a workshop between academia and parishioners in Nairobi Kenya 2013. The workshop identified practitioners’ peace stories for publication. This will be followed by other expert voices drawn from both academia and practice together to share practices and help build a shared peace culture in the future.

 

Watch out for a publication which has been done as collaboration between the Mshikamano, University of Nairobi and Coventry University.

 

Mshikamano Horn of Africa objectives and potential collaboration

The following objectives provide a summery of programme areas for potential collaboration between Mshikamano and other organizations with a regional focus on peacebuilding at the horn of Africa. Such organizations may want to collaborate/partner with Mshikamano experts in pursuing one or more of the objectives as described below.

  1. Provide regular fora for academia, policy and practice to interact and share experiences and lessons learned in the management of peacebuilding with a view to developing best practice in peace, trust and social relations.
  2. Identify indicators for inter-communal tensions, methods and tools for monitoring and explore their applicability to peacebuilding theory.
  3. Explore coordination initiatives from different levels (governmental, civil society and community-based institutions) and examine the nexus between inter-communal tensions with cross-border conflicts and propose ways of strengthening coordinated response using indigenous and external conflict response mechanisms.
  4. Documentation of experiences, as well publications and research collaboration through the establishment of an infrastructure for cross-learning and knowledge management.
  5. Contribute to collaborative research between the horn of Africa region and the UK to explore processes of social-coexistence.

 

 

[1] COPA is an African network of peace builders whose purpose is to promote peace, justice, human rights and development through capacity building, advocacy, and research

[2] In the past two years that the course has been in existence, participants came from UNDP Kenya, UNMISS, UNFIL, Tearfund South Sudan, NCA Burundi, SFCG Burundi, SPDP Sudan, PD South Sudan and End Impunity-South Sudan

[3] This course has in the past years attracted participants from Ejo Youth Echo – Rwanda, Vision Jeunesse Nouvelle (VJN), Aegis Trust – Rwanda, Never Again Rwanda, Kenya Red Cross Society, Islamic Relief Organization – Sudan

[4] In the past practitioners who attended the course came from Kenya, Sudan, DRC, South Sudan and Nigeria and they represented the Nuer Peace Council, Emergency Relief, Rehabilitation & Development Agency (ERRADA),Mubadiroon, Life & Peace Institute, VISTAS/AECOM, Panyjiar Community Development Services, Norwegian Church Aid, SOS Sahel, Bomia Development Initiative, Nuweda, International Rescue Committee, Darfur Peace & Development Initiative, The Sudanese Development Call Organization, Danish Demining Group, Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria, Aweli Community Women Organization, Community Peace Initiative and Voluntary Youth Philanthropists

[5] Previous training attracted attendance from UN Women – Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO), American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) – Africa Regional Office – Nairobi, International Rescue Committee (IRC) – Somalia, Province of the Church of Uganda (COU), Tearfund Switzerland, Across – Sudan, Ejo Youth Echo – Rwanda, United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) – Sudan, International Rescue Committee – South Sudan, Nile Hope – Juba, South Sudan