Peace and Governance
Conflict in Kenya has caused tremendous harm to civilians particularly women and children and increased the numbers of internally displaced persons in the country. In areas where the conflicts prevail, development programs have been disrupted or obstructed and resources re-directed to less productive uses.
There has been deterioration in the quality of life, the weakening of political and economic institutions and the discouragement of investment. Not only have the prevailing conflicts occurred within Kenya’s borders but some have spilled over borders lowering regional stability and the growth and prosperity of the region generally.
Inter-Religious Council of Kenya (IRCK) Peace and National Cohesion Program has mandate of promoting peace, reconciliation and cohesion among Kenyan communities and their neighbors’. IRCK promotes justice and cohesiveness among communities through dialogue, shared values and perspectives for mutual co-existence.
To contribute to improved governance and peace at national and county levels of governments.
- Build capacity of religious leaders and communities on governance and peace.
- Mainstream research, monitoring, documentation and learning for governance and peace programmes.
- Network and build alliances with relevant stakeholders to promote good governance and peace in the country.
- Capacity of religious leaders and communities on peace, reconciliation and national cohesion built.
- Enhanced religious and community leaders capacity to detect early signs of conflict.
- Enhanced community members skills to sustain peace building and national cohesion mechanisms.
- Strong religious leaders understanding of devolution and policies, and how to use the knowledge to encourage peace building and national cohesion.
- Mobilize resources to enable interfaith networks and faith communities implement peace building and national cohesion related programmes.
- Strengthened peace and national cohesion research, monitoring, documentation and learning structures in IRCK.
- Hold forums to advocate for policy development and implementation on peace and national cohesion at the national and county levels.
- Advocacy forums for equitable distribution of resources and participation in decision-making at county and national levels strengthened.
- Grassroots forums advocating for sustainable peace and national cohesion through peace and reconciliation amongst Kenyan communities.
IRCK Child Safeguarding Policy
The Inter-Religious Council of Kenya as the umbrella body of the main faith communities in Kenya, is committed to the well-being of children. IRCK noted with great concern the continued vulnerability and suffering of children in Kenya through neglect, child labor, trafficking, sexual and physical abuse, exploitation among other inhumane and undignified acts.It is in this regard that IRCK developed a Child Safeguarding Policy to inform her operations.
IRCK launched and presented its child safeguarding policy at Roussel house in Nairobi.
The principles that guided the IRCK policy are best interest of the child in all the organizations endeavors, zero tolerance to discrimination, and respect for child opinion in matters affecting him or her and involvement of the child whenever necessary.
IRCK is committed to the well-being of children, eradicating abuse and exploitation of children across the country to enable them grow and develop to become resourceful people in the society.