Preventing Post-Election Violence Based on the Kenyan Experience


  • Seung Yeon Cho
  • Erin Connors
  • Faizaa Fatima
  • Utku Yalim
Publish Date:
March 13, 2015
  • Seong Yeon Cho, Erin Connors, Faizaa Fatima and Utku Yalim, Preventing Post-Election Violence Based on the Kenyan Experience, Stanford Law School: Law and Policy Lab (March 13, 2015).
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This analysis undertakes an inventory of the various programs implemented by intergovernmental, governmental, and non-governmental actors in Kenya in the run-up to the 2013 elections, supplemented by key stakeholder interviews, in order to identify what worked, as well as gaps in the interventions deployed, breakdowns in coordination, and other failings. The rest of this paper is organized as follows. Section II provides background on the Kenya experience. Section III introduces the paper’s methodology. Section IV describes our programming inventory while Section V details the key findings from our corresponding gap analysis and key informant interviews. Section VI presents a set of best practices and lessons learned for the Atrocities Prevention Board and other U.S. government actors for Kenya specifically as well as other at-risk countries on the continent and elsewhere.