Current Institutional Affiliation
Lecturer, Peace and Conflict Studies, St. Paul's University

Award Information

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship 2017
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Development Studies, United States International University-Africa
Community Based Approaches to Countering Youth Radicalization in Kenya’s Nairobi and Mombasa Counties

This study investigates the community based approaches and interventions adopted by communities in Nairobi and Mombasa Counties of Kenya in counter-radicalization work. This study fits within the new paradigm shift in counter-terrorism work that underscores the values of community driven initiatives in countering violent extremism. The entry point for the research is that hard-power approaches have not been fully effective to counter this threat. The existing literature in the Kenyan context minimally explores this alternative approach to counter-radicalization and hence the need to investigate their potentials. The study sites chosen are Eastleigh and Majengo in Nairobi and Likoni in Mombasa. The study sites are chosen on the basis that they have been sites of youth radicalization but also that there exists varying levels of community led counter-radicalization initiatives. The research validity will be established by use of multiple data sources (primary data, archival data, secondary literature and participant observation).