CSO contracted the evaluation firm Social Impact to conduct an independent evaluation of its engagement in Kenya to prevent electoral violence (February 2012-April 2013). The final report provides credible independent determination that CSO made valuable contributions to early warning and early response networks, peace messaging, political reporting and interagency and international coordination. It provides some evidence of direct violence prevention during the election through improved early warning and response, as well as continued post-election use of some of the early warning networks, and positive lasting effects on civic cooperation with police in the coast region. It also makes some useful critical observations about how CSO could do more in future engagements to connect to longer term conflict prevention/mitigation and development, reduce misunderstandings of CSO’s role, and improve its interaction with local partners. This was CSO’s first external evaluation. CSO intends to conduct evaluations on all its major engagements.
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»
The Kenyan elections are fast approaching, and CSO is promoting peaceful, fair elections through a network of strategic partnerships with the local population. CSO has been working alongside the U.S. Embassy, the Kenyan national government, and a number of local civil society organizations on conflict prevention and electoral security. 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.