1. Capacity Strengthening for Inter-Religious Action Project
The Capacity Strengthening for Interreligious Action Project (CSIA) seeks to restore the peaceful and calm environment of the Coast region that has made the region homeland of many tribes and races by:-
Filling up of the religious gaps used to fuel conflicts. This will water down the justifications used by perpetrators to cause violence. Improved knowledge and understanding of religions among the religious leaders and communities will eliminate prejudice, stereotype, and suspicion that has divided the communities for decades now. This will bring the community closer as they appreciate their commonalities and differences.
Widening of the religious leaders’ networks to bring on board, other stakeholders. This will improve the coordination of inter-religious initiatives and peacebuilding efforts in the community. Building trust among the various stakeholders and promoting collaborations for effective strategies.
Strengthening faith-based structures both inter and intra-religious initiative for sustainability and accountability in the community.
The expected results as follows:-
- Religious leaders minimize the gaps often used to radicalize communities to violence.
- United Community jointly advocating for peace and peaceful coexistence
- Improved accountability among duty bearers to address gaps and grievances often used to incite communities to violence
- Faith-based organizations strongly promote interfaith dialogue and cooperation for improved tolerance and coexistence
- Adequate capacity; material, financial and human, to implement
inter-religious dialogue initiatives at the Coast and beyond
What longer-term change might result from this project beyond the project’s time frame?
Improve community coexistence and collaboration for peace, security, and development at the coast region.
Dialogue and Action Project is a Girl child-centered Project that addresses the issues of early marriage, early pregnancies and school drop-out cases through inter-religious dialogue and Action. It’s being implemented in Malindi, Lamu and Tana Delta sub-counties of Coast region.
- Formation of justice and Peace clubs in Schools for pupils to lobby and advocate for their rights
- Community sensitization forums and adopting religious and traditional values that reduce child marriage
- Key stakeholders improve the implementation of policies and laws that prevent child marriage.
3. Civil Peace Service (CPS)- Association for development cooperation (AGEH)
The collaboration with Civil Peace Service is an ongoing fruitful partnership whereby an integrated advisor that is part of the team, is supporting CICC in its organizational development and growth. For the phase 2019-2020, CPS will focus on the staff capacity, inclusion of women in the CICC structures and the setting up of a research department. On the long term this will help CICC to professionalize, reach out better to its beneficiaries and be able to increase research-based interventions and documentation of conflicts and inter-faith approaches.
Capacity Strengthening for Inter-Religious Community Action (CIRCA)
CIRCA (Capacity strengthening for inter-religious community Action ) is a project being implemented in Matolani sub Location, Malindi Sub County, Kilifi county and it has one main goal/objective i.e. Muslims and Christians in targeted communities have increased collaboration in addressing religiously driven violence and issues of social concern (promote development and peaceful coexistence between Muslim and Christian populations). Matolani Sub Location has five villages within which the project operates (Mkwajuni, Kasangani Roka, Balagha, Moroni and Kararacha villages). Matolani is majorly dominated by Giriama community (Christians) and Orma community (Muslims). The purpose of CIRCA is to provide comprehensive knowledge and skills on inter-religious action so that individuals working in multi-religious contexts will enhance their capabilities and capacities to carry out programs in their respective communities.
The project (CIRCA) seeks to raise the quality and frequency of inter-religious engagement, community engagement, and joint action between faith groups. The project focuses on inter-religious action as a practical approach towards faith-based collaboration.
CIRCA Capacity Building Objectives:
- To strengthen the capacity of participants on conflict sensitivity, conflict transformation and peace building skills
- To identify and explore theological foundations of justice and peace to support inter-religious collaboration
- To equip participants with knowledge and understanding of communication and conflict mitigation
- To enable participants to learn and practice management of development and peace building projects
- Outcome 1 Targeted Christian and Muslim male and female community members, including youth, have become active proponents of interreligious understanding and peaceful coexistence.
Output 1.1 Targeted Christian and Muslim community members have a better understanding of their commonalities with the religious other, and appreciation of their differences.
Output 1.2 Youth peace teams have engaged their peers on positive Muslim-Christian relations
- Outcome 2 Interreligious committees are jointly managing community initiatives as incubators for constructive interreligious engagement on issues of mutual concern.
Output 2.1 Strengthened committees composed of Muslim and Christian women and men have capacities to mobilize Muslim and Christian community members to participate in joint initiatives
|2001 – 2005||CICC Member Organizations||Formation of CICC||To bring together religious leaders to contribute towards peace building at the Coast||
Formation of CICC
Setting up of CICC regional committee
|2004 – 2005||Action Aid||Drug Abuse and HIV /AIDS management||To train and capacity build clerics in Drug Abuse and HIV/AIDS Management||Reduction of Stigma among the religious leaders and congregations|
|2005 – 2006||CRS/USIP||
Research on Interfaith Conflicts
|To understand the causes of conflicts among communities in Tana River, Lamu and Mombasa Districts.||The identification of resource distribution as the main cause of conflict in the given areas|
|2006 – 2010||Royal Danish Embassy||Peace Security and Development||
Setting up secretariat in neutral position.
To set up district and location committees Capacity building for board, staff and grassroots religious leader structures
|Empowered religious leaders actively participating in local peace and security structures|
|2006 – 2008||British High Commission||Kwale Interfaith Youth Empowerment Project||To reduce religious radicalization and vulnerability among the Youths||Youths empowered and engaging in economically productive activities document|
2008 – 2009
|USAID/OFDA/CRS (Office of Foreign Disaster Agency)||
Post Election Emergency Project
|Establish dialogue forums for community reconciliation and cohesion||Improved inter-ethnic relations and reconciliation among the grassroots communities and laying foundation for peace building process.|
|2008 – 2010||MM Netherlands||Inter-religious dialogue Project||Establish a common (interfaith ) approach towards peace building||Religious leaders sharing their faiths on issues of peace amicably.|
2009 – 2012
CRS (Private funds)
|Promote interfaith dialogue towards conflict management||Grassroots communities from diverse faith to dialogue on common issues affecting peace and underlying causes of religious tensions|
|2010 – 2012||KCSSP – PACT /ACT||Peace Building and Conflict Transformation||
To increase the voice of religious leaders in peace building and advocacy.
To build capacity of religious leaders to mentor youths for peace building work
Religious leaders contributing in the lobbying and advocacy for the national peace policy.
Strengthened relationship between youths and religious leaders promoting peace
2010 – 2012
People to People Peace (3Ps) project
|To renew commitment among the grassroots community in Likoni to embrace peaceful coexistence||Formation of peer group structures (youth, women, elders, clerics), village peace committees, division peace committees and constituency committees.|
2010 – 2016
Dialogue and Action Project I,II&III
|Reduce cases of early Marriages/ Pregnancy among girls in Malindi, Tana River and Lamu Districts||Religious leaders working together with community leaders and government to delay early marriages and retain girls in school|
|2012||URAIA||Promotion of interreligious/ethnic cohesion||To enhance peaceful coexistence amongst the diverse coastal communities||Improved interethnic tolerance amongst ethnic leaders of communities with the coast region|
|2012||KCSSP – PACT /ACT||SAFE||To promote and environment conducive for peaceful and fair general election at the coast region||Consensus building amongst to religious leaders from the diverse faiths in the region.|
|2011 – 2015||Royal Danish Embassy||Peace Security and Development||
To promote Interfaith Dialogue for peace and security for development
·Improved tolerance and cohesion amongst communities of diverse faiths and cultures within the coast region.
· Strengthened CICC structures of approximately above 2000 clerics effectively participating in peace building and conflict mitigation.
· Improved capacity amongst religious leaders in conflict monitoring and mitigation
|2013 – 2015||
Funding by Global Ministries University 2013 cohort & Caritas Ambrosina 2015 cohort
|Certificate in Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue||To establish a resources base of Professional in the grassroot areas of the former Coast region||30 graduants in 2013 and 20 graduants in 2015 consisting the clerics, women and youth who are now engaged in conflict resolution activities locally in all the 6 Counties of the former Coast region.|
High Commission of Canada
(Canada Fund for Local Initiatives)
|Strengthening Community Extremism (SCAVE)Actions Against Violent||
1. To set community safe spaces for dialogue over traditional and religious teachings and practices that promote friendship, peace and stability within the Lamu Community.
2. Strengthen the youth, women and general community structures in dealing with the pain and suspicions that resulted out of the attacks for a stable society.
· Religious leaders are teaching their congregants their core religious beliefs and values.
· This has reduced the suspicions and mistrusts that existed between the religious divide in Mpeketoni and the Muslim clergy
· With the supervision of CIPK which is a member organization of CICC are developing a curriculum for madrassa teachers to allow the same teachings in all Madrassas.
|2016 – 2018||Building Resilience in Civic Society – BRICS/DAI||
Peace, Security and Stabilization project
|To strengthen community resilience to violent extremism and radicalization through counter narratives, youth empowerment, and stakeholder trust building||
|2016 – 2017||German Embassy||Countering radicalization through young religious leaders’ engagement||To empower young preachers to address radicalization and extremism amongst the youths and community through proper use and interpretation or religious scriptures||
·Honest and deep discussions on religion and radicalization amongst the youths.
·Willingness of religious and worship centers to allow discussions religion and radicalization within their premises.
·The strong bond and relationship building amongst the implementing clerics despite the differences in religion.
|2016 – 2018||COFFEY International – Jamii Thabiti||Improving Community Security||
To strengthen community capacity to manage conflict and build community trust for peaceful coexistences by 2018.
To capacity build and build linkages between religious leaders and other stakeholders for effective peace building strategies by 2018
To strengthen CICC’s structures for an improved program delivery and sustainabilitythrough training and networking
|2016 – 2018||CRS – GHR||Dialogue and Action Project III||Children of Kenya’s Coastal region to grow up free from child marriage and sexual abuse||(On-going)|
|IFA – German Government||Entrenching resilience against violent extremism in communities at the Coast||
Empower young religious leaders to influence families and youth into active peacemakers
Strengthen the capacity of women religious leaders to influence families and youth into active roles of countering radicalization and extremism
Promote religious leaders to become central change agents for good governance and political accountability towards community peaceful coexistence
Established 2 resource centres cum offices in Tana River and Kwale Counties
Established women desk in Mombasa, Kwale and Tana River Counties
|CRS-Kenya||Capacity Strengthening for Interreligious Community Action (CIRCA)||
To increase the capacity of the clerics on interreligious actions for community cohesion.