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Centre for Research, Training & Publications

Centre for Research Training and Publications (CRTP)

The Centre for Research, Training, and Publications (CRTP) has been in place since 2013, initially as an outfit of Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and international Relations (HIPSIR), and in January 2020 as a Centre for Hekima University College (HUC). The CRTP coordinates research initiatives on different issues on peace, conflict and theology affecting the African continent; carries out training for diverse groups, institutions and communities in response to different contextual challenges of our time; publish research findings for wider dissemination of the findings with the aim of exploring solution to highlighted issues of concern.


Research
The CRPT carries out cutting edge research in peace practice, diplomacy and conflict resolution. The different research initiatives in the past one year (2019) included: the study of women participation in peace processes which aimed at mapping out peace intervention strategies in the Eastern Africa region, and strategies on how to increase leverage for women in peace processes. This was conducted in light of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 that highlights the role of women in peace, conflict and security; the second was research on development of Conflict Monitoring Tools (CMT) conducted in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya and South Sudan. The third was a research funded by Templeton Foundation through the Nagel Institute in United States, on reconciliation, culture and theology in Northern Uganda and South Sudan respectively. And lastly, the CRTP conducted a desk research on contextual analysis on Freedom of Religion and Belief (FORB) in Sudan in order to measure levels of social cohesion research.


Training
The CRTP conducts short term training to different groups and communities in Kenya, Tanzania, and Ethiopia. These groups included teachers, students, community leaders, government officials, religious leaders and youth. The training ranged from conflict resolution, leadership and management, peacebuilding, advocacy, human rights and governance, Catholic Social Teaching, forgiveness and reconciliation, among others. In 2019 the CRTP also carried out a project on Chartered Mediation in Extractive Industries aimed at training communities in conflict intervention and advocacy against the negative repercussions of extractive industries. Participants were selected from different communities in Kwale, Turkana and Homabay.


Publications
The Center published a number of research findings from its activities. A book on religious extremism and violence (Edited by Elias Opongo) emerged as an edited volume from an international conference held in October 2018; research conducted in South Sudan entitled: ‘South Sudan’s Costly Conflict and the Urgent Role of Religious Leaders’ written by Lucy Poni, Elias Opongo and Drew Smith who participated in the research, was published in the journal of Review of Faith and International Affairs. The CRPT is also part of the Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa (CIHA) which gives faculty and students opportunities to publish short articles on line as well as attend conferences and meetings. This year three HIPSIR students published in CIHA blog and attended an international conference in Nairobi with one faculty member. The CRTP has also documented its activities in peacebuilding with the intension of developing these into publication in future. Now that the CRTP is part of the entire College, there will be initiatives to develop theological research as well as research linking peace studies and theology.

 

 

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