“Work With the Community, Not Your Weapons.”

The importance of involving local communities in national strategies to prevent and counter violent extremism is often under-estimated. However, effective involvement of the local population requires a certain level of trust in the state and the police. Based on interviews with community organizations in Nairobi and Mombasa in January and February 2016, this ICT4COP policy brief by Ingvild Magnæs Gjelsvik of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs highlights some of the negative impact Kenya’s anti-terrorism policing strategies have had on already weak community-police relations. However, the brief also points to success stories, indicating that the initiative for community-involvement in the security field may well come from the communities themselves.

Click here to read and download the policy brief.

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