Will Bennett

Policy and Research Papers

Delivering on the Promise of Peace? Devolution, Inclusion and Local Conflicts in Kenya

Kenya has long suffered from identity-based politics that discriminate by ethnicity, contributing to divisions in communities and election violence. Devolution was meant to reduce this discrimination – but has it delivered on the promise of greater inclusion, accountability and peace?

To help answer this question, this report explores how devolution is affecting inclusion and conflict dynamics in Isiolo County, Kenya.The research reveals some encouraging signs of devolution, but also finds that devolution has brought its own profound challenges that undermine inclusive governance and threaten peace – including ethnic divisions and exclusion, gender inequality, corruption and weak accountability.

For full access to the report, Delivering on the Promise of Peace? Devolution, Inclusion and Local Conflicts in Kenya, please follow the link. 

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Community Security Handbook

The main purpose of this handbook is to explain the principles underpinning Community Security interventions, and suggest practical approaches to implementing them, drawing on the work of Saferworld and a select number of other agencies. It is aimed at practitioners–particularly programme managers–and aims to help them work through the steps involved in planning, implementing, evaluating and improving Community Security interventions. It sets out the objectives of Saferworld’s Community Security work, explains why we see it as important, and draws together a significant body of learning and experience.

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Exploring the Links Between Experiences of Injustice and Violent Conflict

Experiences of injustice increase the risk of driving violent behaviours. Therefore focussing on understanding and addressing people’s experiences of injustice, as opposed to merely its dispensation, could have a significant bearing on peace and conflict. Furthermore, thinking of injustice as a multi-stakeholder problem to be solved opens up a vast array of policy and programming options to tailor work on peace and justice issues to each context. 

For full access to the policy brief, Exploring the Links Between Experiences of Injustice and Violent Conflict, please follow the link. 

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