25 participants from various parts of Kenya, from Uganda, and from Canada, joined together in Nairobi, Kenya in October 2010 for a Facilitators’ Workshop titled ” After the Referendum: Toward Sustainable Peace in Kenya”.
Making use of the heightened public awareness and engagement in Kenya in the period between the adoption of the new constitution in August 2010 and the upcoming general election of 2012, this 5-day Facilitators’ Workshop brought together peace practitioners to explore how community-based peacebuilders and peace theorists can contribute to building comprehensive, sustainable peace.
While Kenya was the focal point of this workshop and the majority of the participants were Kenyan, participants were also drawn from surrounding countries in the region, mainly Uganda, which at the time of the workshop was facing elections in the near future.
Some immediate objectives of the workshop were to build capacity and to create conceptual models and action plans for the participants to use in their own regions and situations. Longer term, we expect the workshop to contribute more broadly to examining the roles local peacebuilders and opinion leaders can play in building durable peace for countries in transition.