SDG 16 in Review: More Accountable Security in the Borderlands of Kenya

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DDG Kenya started implementing the Community safety project in Turkana County in 2013 with support from the Norwegian Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA). Projects on improving community-police relationships have also been funded by the governments of Denmark, the United Kingdom (CSSF and DFID through Coffey under Jami Thabiti and Re-Invent Programmes), the United States government and the United Nations.

“Several organisations have been working on improving security providers, but DDG has been the main one working on the relationship between community and security providers. They used to fear each other.”
Women Focus Group Discussion, Mandera, 11/2018

The 2-year US-funded “Collaboration for Improved Border Security and Management in Kenya (CIBS) project aimed to support the Government of Kenya to promote and institutionalize consultative processes for cooperative planning, participatory policy making and law enforcement.

Moreover, the project aimed for all levels of the government to effectively engage border communities in Mandera and Wajir Counties in efforts to improve relationship between them and border security providers. In the evaluation of the project, both communities and security providers assessed that their relationship had improved and they had a better understanding of their collective roles and the challenges that the other faced.

SDG 16 in Review Newsletter available here.