The Jiongoze Project aims at reducing vulnerability to radicalization violent extremism amongst youths, by enhancing their sense of purpose and improving their life opportunities. SOWED Kenya is implementing the project in Kamukunji Sub County, from October 2018 to April 2021, while receiving technical support from I Choose Life – Africa (ICL), and with strategic partnership with the St. Johns Community Center (SJCC).
Jiongoze is being implemented in Nairobi and Garissa Counties through a consortium, funded by the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF). The consortium brings together I Choose Life – Africa (ICL) as the Prime Recipient who are also implementing in Kibera Sub County – Nairobi County, and four subrecipients including; Womankind Kenya (WOKIKE) – implementing in Garissa Town and Hulugo Sub County – Garissa County, SOWED Kenya – implementing in Kamukunji – Nairobi County, Docubox and Eastleighwood. Both Docubox and Eastleighwood are the media partners for the Project, and will enhance youth-led media messaging on violent extremism, during implementation.
Background and Justification
Globally, violent extremism presents one of the biggest threats to peace and security. The situation is not any different in Kenya, where a string of terrorist and extremist related attacks have been conducted, leading to widespread fear, body injuries, loss of lives, destruction of property and livelihoods. At the same time, youths are being radicalized and recruited into violent groups due to existing “push” and “pull” factors which make it lucrative for them to join or align with extremists’ groups.
The Jiongoze Project will empower 200 youth peer mentors in Kamukunji Sub County, who are both in and out of school, through the Race4Life Model – an ICL holistic model that has the ability to build life skills, entrepreneurship skills, management skills, employability skills and decision-making skills amongst youths. The peer mentors will then engage their peers with positive messages on prevention of violent extremism (PVE). Additionally, the project will also employ the use of sports and arts, media engagement and advocacy, targeted stakeholder involvement (with a keen focus on the role of women), and capacity building to enhance collaboration in the prevention of violent extremism.
Jiongoze also seeks to identify and strengthen peace committees, including women associations, school board of management, local civil society organization, Nyumba Kumi initiative, religious leaders, and community gate keepers amongst others, to be actively involved in PVE. Stakeholders will also be engaged through structured dialogues and conversations that enhance cohesion and sustainability of the projects. Lastly, Project will also leverage on existing community networks, linkages and media to reach the general public with messaging on prevention of violent extremism.