Kwale County CVE Forum
The Kwale County Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Forum held its third and last meeting this year on the 13th of December. The forum was revived in April this year, spearheaded by the Kenya Red Cross Society through the project: Conflict Prevention Peace and Economic Opportunities for the Youth in Kenya.
This is a project that focuses on empowering young people who are susceptible to using violence to express frustrations, through providing them with livelihood skills, vocational training and engaging in dialogues to examine issues affecting them and find practical solutions.
The Forums maps out stakeholders and resources available to support projects geared towards Preventing or Countering Violent Extremism. The forum brings together stakeholders working to support initiatives that focus on the push and pull factors into violent extremism. This forum also ensures that stakeholders work together to avoid duplication and wastage of resources. It equally examines areas that are not being tackled and chat a way forward. This forum is headed by the Office of the County Commissioner who is the Chair assisted the County Government Principal Administrative Secretary.
In the last meeting this year, 50 participants representing various organizations met to evaluate the progress made thus far in the implementation of the CVE Action Plan. Key achievements from the Forum were the reduction in the number of reported kidnappings and extrajudicial killings that were happening in CVE hotspots, especially Bongwe and Ukunda areas of Msambweni Sub County.
Partners also reported broadening their target to schools especially primary schools where dialogues and interactive activities are held with young people in the hot spot areas. Despite the improvements in implementation noted: lack of transparent communication, inadequate funding and lack of an integral Monitoring and Evaluation structure as some of the shortcomings that were identified.
Some of the members of the Forum include: Kenya Red Cross Society, Human Rights Agenda, Kwale Human Rights Network, Coffey International, Plan International, Muslims for Human Rights, Kenya Muslim Youth Alliance and the Media .