This International Day for Peace, we explore how Minority Rights Group is making a difference in Kenya
What is the Minority Rights Group doing with their Jo Cox Memorial Grant?
Minority Rights Group is working in Cameroon, Kenya and Uganda to empower 27,220 members of marginalised communities to better predict and prevent identity-based conflicts.
How does this work and has the approach been successful?
In Marsabit, Kenya the organisation has worked closely with communities on conflict resolution and has put in place a digital early warning mechanism. Community members can now report incidents and give information on planned attacks to the authorities without fear of reprisals. This is something that gives confidence to community members who are tired of conflicts and insecurity within the area.
Since October 2019, there has been positive behaviour change in targeted groups and improved response to conflict in fragile and conflict-affected areas as a result of the organisation’s interventions.
Due to the scarcity of natural resources and the longstanding identity conflicts between local people, disagreement and conflict can quickly arise and turn violent.
However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. In September 2020, encouraging dialogues between former and current duty bearers has brought a new sense of hope of peace in the country. It even made national news (opens to YouTube channel). Due to these talks, vows to support peace have been made, improving the chances of a long-awaited truce in Marsabit and the surrounding counties.
Find out more about Minority Rights Group and the work delivering their Jo Cox Memorial Grant project on the organisation’s website.
Background to The Jo Cox Memorial Grants
In March 2018, the former Department for International Development, now the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, paid tribute to murdered MP Jo Cox and launched the Jo Cox Memorial Grants in her name.
These grants were to come from a one-off, £10 million pot within UK Aid Direct, for projects working on two themes close to Jo’s heart: preventing identity-based violence and conflict prevention, as well as women’s empowerment.