Dialogue Initiators Meeting


On 15th November 2017, CEEC held a meeting of 19 youth Dialogue Initiators from five of Nairobi’s informal settlements namely Dandora, Kawangware, Korogocho, Kibra and Mathare at Central Park Hotel Nairobi.  This was under the Heinrich Boell Stiftung – East & Horn of Africa supported project Youth Promoting Inter-ethnic Harmony through Political Dialogue in Nairobi County which was implemented between November and December 2017. The project was informed by the inter-ethnic tensions and animosities that are characteristic of the electioneering period. Being electoral hot spots, the informal settlements witnessed an escalation of political hostilities into violence which resulted in displacement, destruction of property, maiming and even loss of lives. Inevitably, this kind of violence always takes on an ethnic nature, and the 2017 General Election was no different. Ethnic profiling and stereotyping between supporters of Jubilee and NASA, eviction of those living in “enemy” strongholds, destruction of property and general ethnic and political intolerance were rampant. Needless to say, majority of those involved in the perpetration of violence were in the youth age bracket. It was therefore important for youth from across the political divide to have candid discussions on their perceptions, true or false, and stereotypes that they hold towards each other and also explore ways of co-existing despite holding different political views. During the meeting, the youth discussed the situation in their areas and came up with a strategy of promoting harmonious co-existence through political dialogue. Youth from each informal settlement agreed to hold three sets of dialogue forums between November and December 2017 each bringing together 50 youth (both male and female) from the two political divides.

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