By Raphael Ekai Locham, DDG Coordinator, Turkana
The Danish Demining Group (DDG) Kenya started implementing the Community safety project in July 2013. This was with support from the Norwegian Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA) after an initial needs assessment revealed the need for improving community safety in areas bordering Uganda where DDG Uganda had already started its operations in 2010.
In 2020, DRC-DDG continues to support trust building interventions with communities in Turkana. The activities are promoting dialogue between communities and enhancing local conflict management mechanisms to be responsive, which has led to increased community security and resilience to conflict and external shocks.
Through working with other stakeholders such as peace committees, community policing committees, local authorities, national police service as well as embedding our work with the existing national and county legislative frameworks, DRC-DDG has proudly contributed to the advancement of Kalobeyei integrated social and economic development program (KISDEP). DRC-DDG has also trained over 28 international, local and government agencies on conflict sensitivity in order to ensure that the humanitarian efforts would not create conflict or undermine the stability of the region.
DDG through Danida funding built the capacity of a local organization ‘LOKADO’ on conflict sensitivity approaches and Dialogue facilitation. In 2018 and 2019 LOKADO was able to facilitate inter-community dialogue between the refugee and host communities and cross boarder dialogues using skills gained from DDG.
Through DANIDA CIV 2018 DDG has conducted capacity assessment for local organizations in Turkana to identify gaps and develop a roadmap for civil society strengthening. Together with three of those local organisations, Turkana Pastoralist Development Organization (TUPADO), Agency for Pastoralist Development (APAD) and the Turkana Natural Resource Governance Hub (‘The Hub’), DRC-DDG has led a 3-day Theory of Change and Project Design workshop held in Lodwar, May 2019. This workshop was preceded by a desk review, preparatory meetings with partner organizations in the action and meetings with county government stakeholders for early buy-in. This collaborative process used the findings of DDG’s analysis from the Agenda-Setting Report (2018) for the Borderlands Working Group, a platform with over 17 CSO members.
From this process, DDG co-designed a two-year intervention with partners TUPADO, APAD and ‘the Hub’ for the EU Instrument for contributing to Peace and Stability named: ‘’Kessuget: Enabling Peace through civil society strengthening Project in Turkana County’’. The intervention recently launched with the EU delegation, the Government, civil society and the DDG team showcasing the power of collaboration and working together towards collective outcomes on Peace and Security.