The Truth About Violent Extremism

What is violent extremism? 

  • Beliefs and actions of individuals and groups who support or use violence to achieve ideological, religious or political goals.
  • Includes terrorism, other forms of ideologically and politically motivated violence and some forms of communal violence.
  • Seeks change through fear and intimidation rather than legal and democratic processes.

Why is violent extremism a concern? 

Threatens and undermines Kenya’s, constitutionalism, core values and principles, including human rights, the rule of law, democracy, equal opportunity and freedom.

Threatens Kenya’s existence as a harmonious, cohesive and inclusive society.

Radicalisation and violent extremism are threat to Kenya’s security, economy and way of life.

What is Kenya doing to address the threat? 

1. Counter terrorism operations.

2. Collaboration and partnerships with other governments, development partners, local communities, private sector,  CSOs, political and religious leaders, and other stakeholders.

3. Prevention of terrorism through the National Strategy to Counter Violent Extremism

4. County Action Plans to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism in all 47 Counties

5. A nationwide disengagement


Call for Proposals: 2023 Stories on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism at the Local Level in Western Kenya

Champions of Peace-Kenya (CoP-K) , a Grass-root Non-Governmental Organization with presence in 14 counties in Kenya whose vision is to ensure Stable, Peaceful and Secure Communities. CoP-K works with Families, Communities, Government, Corporate entities and Non-State Actors in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism as well Peace Building efforts in ensuring the Country remains Stable, Peaceful and Secure.

Champions of Peace-Kenya through the coordination of National Counter Terrorism (NCTC) is inviting journalists and media practitioners in western Kenya to submit story ideas for grants of up to Sh30,000; Sh20,000 and Sh10,000 for positions 1-3 respectively in each thematic area listed below.

Thematic areas:

  1. Importance of police and community relationships in preventing and countering violent extremism.
  2. Leveraging on existing partnerships between civil society and religious organizations at the two levels of government to prevent and counter violent extremism.
  3. The place of drama and performing arts in preventing and countering violent extremism.
  4. The role of the education sector in preventing and countering violent extremism.
  5.  Citizen vigilance and reporting in preventing and countering violent extremism.

Eligibility : The grant is open to accredited journalists who present a story idea in a synopsis of not more than 700 words.

Award Criteria:  Grant award will be determined by the uniqueness and strength of the story idea highlighting why it matters and its potential impact to preventing and countering violent extremism. The proposal should also explain how the article differs from those already published on the same subject.

Grant: The grant amounts are from Sh10,000 to Sh30,000 based on ranking in each thematic area.

Grant Application Deadline: All applications MUST be submitted to by close of business on Friday, 17th February  2023.

Grant Indemnity: Kindly note that the decision of the proposal caller shall be final. Each Applicant is limited to one category

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