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

Award Information

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship 2018
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 research investigates the potential of community based approaches to counter youth radicalization in Nairobi and Mombasa Counties of Kenya. Youth radicalization to commit violent extremism has been on the rise globally and Kenya is by no means an exception. Whereas the dominant paradigm in counter-terrorism has privileged the state, and its muscular responses, there is a new genre in public policy that is emphasizing counter-terrorism from below, focusing on community level interventions. This study interrogates these community level interventions, the processes that produce them, the actors involved, their narratives, as well as their salience and efficacy. This research adopts a qualitative approach with the use of multiple data sources (primary data, archival data, secondary literature and participant observation) as form of research validation. Empirical research in the field of counter-terrorism is pointing out that community involvement provides an untapped potential for counter-radicalization that are laden with potentials and challenges and hence the relevance for this research in the Kenyan context.