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SOWED Kenya Launches the Jiongoze Project

The project aims at establishing resilient to violent extremism for sustainable development.

In October 2018, SOWED Kenya launched a new three-year project in Nairobi, Kenya, dubbed the Jiongoze Project, which 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).

The project 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 sub-recipients 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.

Jiongoze will 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.