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Women Peace building Leadership
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The new programme aims at offering scholarships to
qualified Kenyan women from conflict affected
communities to attend the Women Peacebuilding
Leadership Programme at the Eastern Mennonite
University.

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DiPaD Our Mission is to Empower Communities through Training, Research and Leadership
Development using Appreciative Inquiry (AI) approaches in attainment of Peace
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Justice That Heals (JtH) program is currently on going and seeks to integrate elements of trauma healing and restorative justice in peace building activities and Kenyan justice system through training. The program is being implemented in partnership with Mennonite Central committee, Kenya (MCC)

JtH takes a holistic approach to trauma, drawing on trauma science, conflict transformation, restorative justice, and human security; pays attention to the body, brain, beliefs and needs; and recognizes multiple forms and sources of trauma.

A strategic response to effects of terrorism attack in Kenya

Moi Garrisa trauma awareness and resilience

The extreme traumatic events of the attack at Garissa University in Garissa County, in which 147 students lost their lives, caused severe societal effects to the students, lecturers and their guardians. DiPaD worked with the University counselling department to create safe spaces for students, who were directly affected by the violence, to learn about strategies for addressing the effects of trauma, and tools for building resilience and self-care.

Women peacebuilding leadership programme

The programme aims at offering scholarships to qualified Kenyan women from conflict affected communities to attend the Women Peacebuilding Leadership Programme at the Eastern Mennonite University.

USAID East Africa offered eight (8) scholarships to qualified Kenyan women to attend the Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program (WPLP) at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in the USA in 2015. The women leaders study for a Graduate Certificate in Peacebuilding Leadership that includes courses in peacebuilding and leadership theory along with practical skills, as well as a strong mentoring program to assist the women enhance their peacebuilding efforts within Kenya. The program targets women peacebuilding practitioners who are recognized in their community as possessing leadership potential and dedication to their community. The organization is also supporting the current WPLP programme for the period 2016-17.

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Women Peacebuilding Leadership Development Program

USAID Kenya and USAID East Africa offered eight scholarships to qualified Kenyan women to attend the Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program at Eastern Mennonite University in the USA in June 2014.

The women leaders studied for a Graduate Certificate in Peacebuilding Leadership that included courses in peacebuilding and leadership theory along with practical skills, as well as a strong mentoring program to assist the women to enhance their peacebuilding efforts within Kenya. The program targeted women peacebuilding practitioners who are recognized in their community as possessing leadership potential and dedication to their community.


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Workplace Stress Management and Self Care for North Rift Judges and Magistrates’ Association

The main objective of program is to create awareness of the impact of violence and trauma on individuals, groups and societies, and offer strategies and tools for addressing trauma and breaking the cycles of violence brought about by unhealed trauma. The learning retreat also aims at providing strategies for stress management and self care for judicial officers who find themselves frequently exposed to violence or traumatic events in the nature of their work.

The program looked into ways of introducing restorative justice approaches and concepts to professionals and practitioners in Kenya working for the justice system namely judges, magistrates, prosecutors, prison officers and police; and explore ways of integrating these concepts to promote trauma informed judicial systems and enhance alternative dispute resolution mechanisms in Kenya.


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Staff Training

Staff Audit and Job Analysis for Rural Women Peace Link(RWPL)

The staff audit examined the internal frameworks of an organization by looking into the Human Resource (HR) function and personnel data of employees. The areas for HR data selected included personnel data, job data, position data and training data.

The analysis involved a review of the organizational structure and looked into the functional areas and clear demarcation of roles to determine the scan of reporting. Other areas of the assessment were channels of communication, scope of work for each employee, reporting requirements, employee data and qualifications in line with the required job specifications and roles. The task also sought to analyse if employees were aware of the expectation of the organization’s mission and vision in line with their roles and responsibilities.


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Building Resilience and Self Care for Kenya Defence Forces, Langata Barracks

The main goal of the program was to create awareness on the effects of trauma and stress and provide strategies for building resilience and self care for the soldiers.

DiPaD has conducted programs within the Kenya Defence Forces to provide resilience and self care strategies for the soldiers working with the Special Forces and African Union troops in Somalia. Based on the initial interventions, it has become apparent that the need for self care strategies is urgent and it is only a matter of time before the effects of traumatization are experienced on a larger scale, given the ongoing deployments. On the other hand, the program provides awareness for the participants to appreciate that even the bravest of soldiers is not immune to the effects of trauma and seeking help and recognizing his physical, psychological and emotional responses to trauma is not a sign of weakness but a sign of strength and resilience.


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Alternative Dispute Resolution Approaches in Land Issues in Kuria, Migori County

“Justice under the tree” is a traditional justice system among the Kuria people of Migori County that resolves communal disputes and ensures that conflicts are peacefully resolved among the community members to strengthen the community social fabric. The system has provided cheap, quick and culturally relevant remedies to the justice needs of the community members. It has a structure of twenty members elected by the community who form the Ebaraza and meet regularly to hear disputes and resolve conflicts at communal level thus providing access to justice for the majority of the Kuria people.

To strengthen and support these justice model the learning community members have developed project that seek to integrate elements of restorative justice to the Ebaraza system and link it to the formal justice system to complement each other in enhancing access to justice and conflict resolution for the people of Kuria sub county, Migori County.


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Capacity Building Programs

The program provides capacity building programs for individuals and organization who hope to participate in governance, advocacy and peacebuilding initiatives.

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Women and Youth Leadership Development

The project empowers women and youth with skills on leadership and non violence so that they can be agents of change in their communities.

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Action Research and Documentation

Through collaborative and action research the programs aim at developing and testing new approaches to community driven process and practices

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