MISCC Updates

MISCC held reflection and progress review workshop 30th August 2008

 

The above workshop was held in order to reflect and review progress made, draw learning and set subsequent actions. The workshop analyzed what MISCC has been able to do and pointed out that the initiative’s work can be divided into the following three phases:

 

Humanitarian phase response

Miscc started to engage with IDPs while at camps within Molo town. By then the intervention was mainly to fill the gaps in terms of capacity and supplies that the major humanitarian agencies and the government were not addressing. Some of the gaps include organizing and training camp leaders to be able to manage their camps effectively. Providing a forum for both the camp leaders and humanitarian agencies to meet and share experiences, concerns and prioritize needs. Some of the impacts created during the phase include:

·        IDPs were empowered to present their cases to different players both individually and collectively

·        Linked IDPs with Players so as to air their concerns, needs and develop rapport. An example of such players was the Molo District Education Office which helped to place students in schools among others

·        Facilitated reduction of anger, hate and regret among the IDPs and enabled them to articulate their issues clearly

·        Provided necessary information to IDPs in order to make informed decisions and choices

 

Resettlement phase under “Operation Rudi Nyumbani”

When the government rolled out the resettlement process and started taking the IDPs to satellite camps near their farms, MISCC had to proactively reorganize its work to cope with the situation and actively participate in resettlement process with a view of continuing filling gaps in terms of building returnees capacities, attending to basic needs of the returnees including monitoring and engaging other major players in addressing returnees and non returnees needs. This phase started with follow up field visits to the returnees’ new sites with a view of appreciating their situation, encouraging them and assessing accompanying challenges that needed to be tackled. The other activity was to broaden the consultative forum with a view of drawing participants within Molo district in order to ensure that every division is represented and engaged in the reconstruction process. Increasing the consultative forum delegate scope to cover Molo district necessitated provision of transport to delegates, mobilization cost among other needs to facilitate the forums. Now that the IDPs were returning to their farms, reintegration with other community was necessary and the forums were expanded to include Kikuyu, Kisii and Kalenjin among other communities.   The second phase realized the following: –

·        Re-establishment of Nyakinyua and Kangawa nursery schools

·        Provision of seeds of kales, spinach, carrots, cabbages and peas to farmer groups in Kuresoi, Keringet, Kamara and Mau Narok divisions whose purpose was to facilitate seed multiplication for the next planting season

·        In addition, one farmer group from Cheptagum in Kuresoi division benefited from tree seeds

 

In addition,  the forum delegate were able to articulate priority actions in order to evolve long term solutions to the conflict that include local peace dialogue meetings, civic education, constituting peace ambassadors, involving the Kalenjin, Kisii and Kikuyu elders in peace dialogues,  etc.

 

Community led peace building and participatory community development

Drawing from the information generated by the forum delegates, MISCC is now entering a new phase that is meant to roll out projects and actions geared at initiating community led peace building and participatory community development. Planning for the phase is ongoing and soon will be rolled out with a view of reaching and engaging the entire Molo district population in peace building as a prerequisite to reconstruction and development.