Online Knowledge Hub for Countering Violent Extremism in Kenya

The hub aims to connect researchers, practitioners, policymakers, grassroots activists and community-based organisations from across Kenya to share and exchange ideas, build relationships, and network

Lilian Wanjohi of the British Council and Newton-Utafiti Fund, during the launch, Credit: CHRIPS Lilian Wanjohi of the British Council and Newton-Utafiti Fund, during the launch, Credit: CHRIPS

Launched on 5th September in Nairobi, a new online hub focusing on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) in Kenya hopes to connect researchers, practitioners and policymakers.

The Countering Violent Extremism Research Hub, a collaboration between the Centre for Human Rights and Policy Studies (CHRIPS) and the Institute of Development Studies, will collect CVE resources in an online library to support high-quality research, exchange of ideas and a multi-sector network. The online library will host links to resources on CVE with the sub-themes of gender, ICT, religion, education, employment, human rights and justice, security, policing, and more.

Practitioners and researchers can also find out about upcoming news and events, jobs and grant announcements relating to CVE. Available on the CVE Research Hub is the recently-published ‘Confronting Violent Extremism in Kenya: Debates, Ideas and Challenges’ which brings together critical analyses on a range of issues touching on violent extremism by a multi-disciplinary team of scholars.

Also forming part of the CVE Hub is the Observatory, where users can browse a dataset of all media-reported, terror-related incidences in Kenya, including details on dates, locations, perpetrators, target types, weapons, fatalities, injuries and property damage. Currently the Observatory focuses on attacks taking place in 2017, and data will be regularly updated and reports published periodically.

Researchers and practitioners in the field of violent extremism often operate within complex and dynamic social and political contexts. To help researchers and organisations to analyse the unique risks present in countering violent extremism projects, the CVE Hub also includes resources on security and risk assessment, including videos exploring safety challenges. Please visit the CVE Hub to browse the diverse range of resources available.