Reducing insecurity and violent extremism in Kenya 

The Reducing Insecurity and Violent Extremism in Northern and Coastal Regions of Kenya programme (REINVENT) aims to enhance Kenya’s capacity and capability to address inter-communal conflict, weak community-police relations, violence against women and girls (VAWG), violent extremism and election-related violence. 

We began work on REINVENT in 2019, leading a consortium of us, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and the Danish Demining Group (DDG). Funded by UKaid from the British people, the programme will run for five years.

Our work on REINVENT allows us to build on the success of REINVENT's predecessor programme, Jamii Thabiti - the Kenya Improving Community Security Programme, which we delivered between 2014 and 2019. REINVENT has an expended geographical and thematic scope from its predecessor. We are now implementing in 18 counties, scaled up from 8, with an additional three workstreams - countering violent extremism, conflict sensitive development and election security - as well as the original three of police reform, peacebuilding and tackling violence against women and girls.

We are working towards four defined aims on REINVENT:

  • Increasing the practice of accountability among police and security agencies, to strengthen their effectiveness when dealing with community security, violent extremism and election security.

  • Building the role and agency of women and girls in peace, safety and security interventions.

  • Strengthening institutions’ commitment to equitable and inclusive approaches to development, to address the root causes and drivers of conflict.

  • Generating and applying knowledge and evidence to enhance community and institutional learning and adaptation.