PEACE BUILDING AND CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION
IMPACT is committed to building a more peaceful environment for the communities of Northern Kenya, an area currently prone to land-based conflicts. What we do:
Facilitating inter-community dialogue around issues stemming from resource-based conflicts.
Providing a platform for peace building initiatives and bridging the gap between national peace building forums and processes at the county level.
Strengthening the role of traditional institutions of governance within decision-making processes.
Working towards an environment conducive to reconciliation and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.
Through its Peace program, IMPACT has held upwards of eight peace meetings within conflict zones across the Laikipia-Isiolo border, bringing together more than 700 individuals.
IMPACT also hosted the Inter-County Women Peace Meeting, giving an opportunity for women from conflicting counties to interact and consolidate their voices regarding women's role in conflict mitigation.
IMPACT effectively reduced cattle rustling incidents within conflict hotspots and restored the key role played by traditional governance institutions in maintaining peace.
Building a culture of peace and non-violence
The peace building and conflict transformation team explored opportunities to expand our activities in Laisamis, Marsabit. Natural resources based conflicts induced by several factors, including climate change, are common in Ewaso Ngiro river basin. Water scarcity for people and their livestock is increasing.
On the other hand, in Samburu North County, a consultative meeting took place, in Baragoi, with government officials, community leaders and CSOs on peace and what approaches can be used in working on sustainable peace.
The peace programme is supported by the German government through Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ) through Weltfriedensdienst.