Towards peace & security in dryland Kenya
A discussion brief “Towards peace and security in dryland Kenya: the demand for a new approach” was issued in November 2014 by the Drylands Learning and Capacity Building Initiative for Improved Policy and Practice in the Horn of Africa (DLCI) and the Pastoralist Parliamentary Group (PPG) in Kenya. The 7-page PPG brief looks at recent efforts to build greater peace and security in northern Kenya, outlines the weaknesses and gaps in existing strategies, and calls for a new approach. It argues in favour of communal land tenure and successful passing of the Community Land Bill to provide opportunities for communities to manage and protect resources communally, and to ensure that returns and benefits accrue to communities for resources exploited from the land they manage. These and other core principles for a revised approach to building peace and security in dryland Kenya are put forward, as well as the national and regional opportunities that currently exist that can help ensure peace becomes more likely.