The “Inuka! Supporting Vulnerable Youth to Participate in Community Peace and Security Efforts in Coastal Kenya” project (January 2018 – May 2021) was funded by the European Commission and implemented by Search for Common Ground in partnership with Kiunga Youth Bunge Initiative (KYBI), Human Rights Agenda (HURIA), Humanity Action Knowledge Integrity in Africa (HAKI Africa) and Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI). The overall aim of the project was to increase the effectiveness and inclusiveness of community peace and security efforts involving vulnerable and marginalized youth in the Kilifi, Kwale, Lamu and Mombasa counties in coastal Kenya.
In efforts to achieve this aim, the Common Ground Approach was mainstreamed in three pathways:
1. Capacity building, coordination and networking activities for community based youth and youth groups
2. Outreach and media activities involving adults about the potential of at-risk youth to positively contribute to peace and security
3. Action-oriented initiatives to increase resilience to conflict in the communities.
The project strengthened the capacity of and coordination among community-based youth groups and led to increased participation of youth (including at-risk youth) in peace & security efforts, thus giving youth an active “voice”. The outreach and media activities increased awareness of target communities of the potential of at-risk youth to positively contribute to peace and security. Various engagements between youth and security actors, in particularly in maskanis, improved their relationship and increased community trust. Some of the unintended outcomes of the project were stigma reduction among vulnerable/marginalized youth and helping to bring solutions to some socio-economic issues like assisting youth access to Mvuvi cards, special smart identification cards with enhanced security features for fishermen.