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Country Focus

On 4 March 2013 Kenya goes to the polls. The elections occur against a backdrop of tension and controversy: two of the four main contenders face charges at the International Criminal Court relating to the 2007–08 post-election violence; and the previous electoral round left behind numerous victims, displaced people, and considerable economic damage.

The Small Arms Survey has been working with Kenyan authorities, researchers, and civil society to prepare a number of studies that reflect on the security situation in Kenya. In addition to detailed research reports, we have also prepared multimedia resources, including an audio podcast on electoral violence, and a photo essay documenting small arms and their impacts on rural and urban Kenyans.

Policing the Periphery: Kenya Police Reserves

A new Working Paper describes the history and context of the volunteer auxiliary police force that offers protection in Kenya's more remote areas. While police reservists often provide valuable services in insecure regions where regular policing is scarce, in many cases a lack of  adequate training, accountability, and resources are cause for concern.

Podcast: Elections in Kenya – avoiding violence in 2013

Small Arms Survey consultant Manasseh Wepundi—author of a study on Kenyan electoral violence and another on firearms and security in Kenya—discusses the enduring impacts of the catastrophic violence which occurred in the past electoral cycle, and explains some of the precautions being taken to avoid a recurrence.

Firearms and electoral violence

A recently published Issue BriefPolitical Conflict and Vulnerabilities: Firearms and Electoral Violence in Kenyaexamines the phenomenon of electoral violence. It explores the connections between hotspots for political violence and armed violence in other areas—such as that associated with cattle raids by pastoralist communities—and the potential for firearms to flow between these areas.

Violence against women in Nairobi

Battering, Rape, and Lethal Violence: A Baseline of Information on Physical Threats against Women in Nairobi documents what is known about the three types of violence, examining the prevalence, perpetrators, and the circumstances surrounding each.

        Small arms availability and perceptions of security

        Small arms availability and misuse have been a problem in Kenya for many years, but the post-2007 election violence made small arms reduction efforts more urgent. Availability of Small Arms and Perceptions of Security in Kenya: An Assessment indicates that while significant progress has been made, law enforcement efforts to control the proliferation of small arms still face considerable challenges. 

        Photo essay: A Lethal Legacy

        In the photo essay A Lethal Legacy: Small Arms Flows and Communities in Urban and Rural Kenya award-winning photographer Gwenn Dubourthoumieu traces the trail of devastation left by the ready availability of small arms in Nairobi and the Turkana region.

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