Launched today 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.
Photo: ‘Lilian Wanjohi of the British Council and Newton-Utafiti Fund, during the launch of the countering violent extremism research hub in Nairobi, Kenya.’ Image credit: CHRIPS
This work was supported by an Institutional Links grant, under the Newton-Utafiti partnership. The grant is funded by the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the National Research Fund, Kenya and delivered by the British Council. For further information, please visit www.newtonfund.ac.uk and http://researchfund.go.ke/