Conflict is one of the most pressing issues affecting populations throughout northern Kenya. It is primarily resource-based, stemming from environmental degradation and depletion of water and land resources, and decreases in livelihoods and food security for local populations. Conflict in Turkana County itself is especially challenging because the region is bordered by a variety of ethnic groups from other regions of Kenya, as well as from the border countries of South Sudan, Uganda and Ethiopia. Violence among many of these communities has been ongoing for decades, having only intensified in the recent past due to outbreaks of civil wars, availability of illegal small arms, and the increased degradation of natural and economic resources.
Since its inception, APaD is one of the most vibrant, trusted and active local organizations in peace building especially across borders with the Pokot, Karamojong of Uganda and Toposa of South Sudan. The organization implemented the USAID funded PEACE I(2008-2009),PEACE II(2012-2014) and PEACE III(2015-19)
PEACE III, Youth Leadership in Community Cohesion and Advocacy for Peace. (Loima-Moroto and Loki-Kapoeta corridors)
PACT, Mercy Corps
Strengthened cross-border security through local community security initiatives and intergovernmental meetings in Moroto, Kotido and Kaabong districts(Uganda)and Loima sub county(Kenya)
Enhanced early warning information sharing among non-State peace actors, government security personnel and PEACE III established structures such as Women forum, chief’s forum, peace committee/cross border natural resource management committee, Kraal youth and youth councils.
Increased community driven initiatives towards sharing of resources and ownership of resource sharing agreements.
Improved administrative systems and processes for cross-border conflict mitigation and management.
Improved community access to economic opportunities and diversified livelihood options.
Strengthened women’s leadership; focusing on capacity, representation and the creation of an enabling environment.
Enhanced organizational capacity through OCAs and supported development of Strategic Plan (2017-2021).
Supported review of organizational policies and financial audit of the organization