Keeping the peace in Kenya: Lessons learned from the prevention of election-related violence in 2013
Date & time: Tuesday, 10 December 2013, 12.30-14.00
Location: Auditorium 2, Maison de la Paix, Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2, Geneva
This briefing presents the results of the Kenya Prevention Project – a joint initiative by the Graduate Institute’s Applied Research Seminar and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform. This project had the objective to develop a better understanding of the workings of preventive actions surrounding the Kenyan elections of 2013. Over 6 months, this project conducted a thorough review of the literature and 19 semi-structured interviews with prevention experts in Kenya, Geneva and New York. This project occurred as part of the work stream on 'Prevention and Peacebuilding' of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform and hopes to expand the evidence base of effective prevention practice.
Trixie Akpedonu studied Sociology and French at the University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana. Her work has focused on development in Africa. She has worked for UPR Info in Geneva and the Network for Women's Rights and the Centre for Democratic Governance in Ghana. She is currently a Masters student in Development Studies, Conflict and Development track at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.
Ben Lumsdaine studied law at UNSW in Sydney Australia and has since worked as a policy advisor to the NSW Attorney-General’s Department, as a lawyer at the Refugee Advice and Casework Service in Sydney and most recently as a Resettlement Consultant at UNHCR in Iran. He is currently a Masters student in Development Studies, majoring in Conflict and Development at The Graduate Institute, Geneva.
Aminata Sow studied Political Science and International Development Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She has previous experience working in African settings, including the UNHCR Returnee and Resettlement division and UNDP’s Democratic Governance Unit in Mauritania. She is currently a Masters Student in Developmental Studies, specializing in Conflict and Peacebuilding at the Graduate Institute, Geneva.