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NATIONAL STEERING COMMITTEE
ON PEACE BUILDING AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT

PEACE BUILDING AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT DIRECTORATE

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ABOUT US

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BACKGROUND

In the past, Kenya has faced numerous threats and challenges to national unity which have become increasingly sophisticated and complex over time. The ethnic clashes of 1992, 1997, 2002 and most recently, the post-election violence of 2008 highlighted the country’s susceptibility to violent conflicts. Specifically, the post-election violence of 2008 drew attention to how long-standing grievances interact with immediate triggers to create violence that, ironically, leaves those most aggrieved worse off than before. The crisis also highlighted the importance of meaningful responses to conflict, particularly at a structural level.

Although the concern to promote peace and stability in Kenya has been with policy makers and peacebuilders for decades, the efforts were at best ad hoc and disjointed due to absence of a viable institutional policy framework to mobilize, coordinate and consolidate various initiatives  into a more cohesive and action-oriented mechanism to strategically drive peace-building activities in Kenya. In this regard, the Government of Kenya established the National Steering Committee on Peacebuilding and Conflict Management (NSC) in 2001 and placed the NSC Secretariat within the MOSPAIS in November 2002. The establishment of this multi-agency peace architecture to coordinate peacebuilding and conflict management in the country was borne out of the need to incorporate traditional justice resolution mechanisms into the formal legal-judicial system of conflict mitigation and partner with CSOs in order to engender conflict sensitivity to development as it has been largely accepted that a peaceful, stable and secure society is a prerequisite for sustainable development.

THE SECRETARIAT

The National Steering Committee on Peacebuilding and Conflict Management (NSC) is an interagency committee that was established in 2001 and a secretariat to support it was fully operationalised during 2002/3 financial year within the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government.

As an interagency, the NSC brings together peace stakeholders in a bid to co-ordinate and consolidate efforts geared towards peace building and conflict management in Kenya as well as cross-border.

MISSION

To promote sustainable peace through a collaborative institutional framework between state, non state actors and communities at national and regional level.

VISION

A peaceful, secure and prosperous Kenya

OUR CORE VALUES

  • National unity and nationhood
  • Respect for the rule of law
  • Respect for human rights
  • Courtesy and diplomacy
  • Conflict sensitivity
  • Integrity, honesty and accountability

Functions of the Secretariat

The Secretariat is responsible for the implementation of the mandate and functions of the NSC on a day-to-day basis. Specifically, it is responsible in the following areas:

Receives, collates, analyses and disseminates information on conflict early warning for response

Coordinates Peacebuilding and Conflict Management interventions

Coordinates the technical sub-committees

Capacity building on peacebuilding and conflict management maters at all levels

Development of the Early Warning and Response mechanism in line with the CEWERU

Monitoring and evaluation of DPCs

Maintains the Resource Centre to act as a point of information on PBCM

Prepares annual work plans and budgets

Is in charge of Finance administration and management (disbursement)

Is in charge of development and implementation of Annual Work Plans and budgets

Is in charge of the Development of an M & E system

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Mandate

As a multi-agency organization, NSC is mandated with the co-ordination of all peace related activities in Kenya. It also doubles up as Kenya’s Conflict Early Warning and Response Unit (CEWERU) for the implementation of the CEWARN Protocol acceded to by IGAD Members States in 2002.

To enhance co-ordinating peacebuilding and conflict management programmes among stakeholders at the National and County level

To promote the harmonization of approaches to peacebuilding and conflict management

To provide policy and technical advice to National and County Governments on matters of peace and conflict

To formulate, implement, interpret and review policies, strategies, laws, regulations, standards, guidelines and mechanisms governing peacebuilding and conflict management in liaison with other stakeholders

To domesticate and implement international instruments and regional declarations, regional protocols, agreements and mechanisms on peacebuilding and conflict management

To research and document trends and emerging issues in peacebuilding and conflict management

To promote peace advocacy and ownership at various levels

To mobilize resources, foster collaboration, networking, cooperation and partnerships in support of peacebuilding and conflict management programmes and activities

To represent the Government of Kenya in bilateral, regional and international platforms on peacebuilding and conflict management

To build and support capacity development for stakeholders

Monitoring, evaluating and learning of peacebuilding and conflict management programmes

To formulate a framework for Peace Awards and commemoration of National and International peace events

To establish a framework on peacebuilding and conflict management and setting the national and county agenda for peace

To provide a depository and reference for information on peacebuilding and conflict management

To establish and operationalize thematic groups on peace and conflict

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PUBLIC PLATFORM FOR PEACE!
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NSC brings together peace stakeholders in a bid to co-ordinate and consolidate efforts geared towards peace building and conflict management in Kenya as well as cross-border

Contacts

14TH FLOOR, BRUCE HOUSE
STANDARD STREET
P.O. BOX 30510, 00100
NAIROBI, KENYA
nscsecretariat@nscpeace.go.ke
+254-732-364783 / +254-717-457898

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