At a massive youth soccer tournament last weekend in Nairobi, the competition was peaceful, and the hope in Kenya is that the election season also will be peaceful. Kenyans want to avoid the kind of violence that occurred after the 2007 elections. In Nairobi's Mathare slum, one of Africa's poorest and largest and a hotspot of violence in 2007, more than 20 people have died as a result of inter-ethnic fighting in recent months. More»
In early 2013, Kenya is set to conduct its first round of presidential elections since the violence-marred 2007 elections. Despite many resiliencies, underlying sources of conflict and grievances persist.
A joint CSO-USAID team deployed to Nairobi in April 2012 to help the U.S. Embassy develop plans focused on helping Kenyans carry out peaceful and credible elections, advance their reform agenda, and prevent or mitigate conflict leading up to and beyond the elections. The plan will help the United States prioritize its actions and further define possible areas for CSO assistance.