Dr. Elias Opongo speaks about the 'The State of the Field of Peace Studies Today' at School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame, US, at an International Conference on Building Sustainable Peace: Ideas, Evidence - 7-10 November 2019.

 

CHARTERED MEDIATORS COURCE EVALUATION

chartered MediatorsHave you ever wondered who speaks for the rights of small scale miners/communities in the extractive industries? Hekima institute of peace studies and International relations (HIPSIR) with the help of our donor Misean Cara sponsored 12 individuals from Kwale County for a certificate course in Chartered Mediators in Extractive Industries from March 2019 to November 2019. The course evaluation exercise and certification took place at HIPSIR from 11th- 13th November 2019 and included 3 participants of the first Chartered mediators Cohort from Kwale and 11participants from the second cohort also from Kwale County. This opportunity gave them a chance to first further learn about Human rights issues, advocacy strategies and further give evaluation of the success of the course and its usefulness.

The course aims at training Chartered Mediators in the Extractive Industries who will act as a link between the community and multinational companies in the region, bringing out the answer to the question on who protects the rights and educates small scale miners/community. Generally, the course has successfully equipped the over 10 Chartered mediators from this cohort with skills on mediation, negotiation, dialogue, human rights issues in extractive industries and advocacy skills, the group also got their certificates after the last training. Looking forward, HIPSIR hopes to train more chartered mediators in mitigating conflicts and enhance peace building processes in communities.

By: Programs Office

 

THE SEVENTH STUDENT LED CONFERENCE

Led-conference twoContrary to the previously held student led conference that took place in one day, the seventh was a two-day event that took place on the 17th and 18th October 2019. A large representation of members from various social diversities, the education and NGO sectors were in attendance. Majority of the participants were students from learning institutions across Nairobi region. Most of them were from HIPSIR, Hekima University College, Kenyatta University, Tangaza University College, the United States International University, and University of Nairobi just to mention but a few.
Professor Macharia Munene was invited as the guest speaker. He has been very vocal on issues affecting the African continent that has been reeling from the effects of scrambling for its resources. He has also been expressing concerns on how the continent has been struggling to deal with social-political influence from external influence. He is also a lecturer of History and International relations at the United States International University (USIU). In this case, Professor Munene weighed in the discussion by addressing issues around "The Scramble for Africa in Contemporary World: Challenges and Opportunities."
Being a two-day event it took two turns; events of day one were coordinated by HIPSIR while Arigatou International geared day two events. Arigatou International is a non-governmental organization that collaborated with HIPSIR to identify the relevant topics from those that were proposed. The topics that were discussed included:

  1. The Africa continental free trade area: An answer to Africa's trade and development issues?
  2. Migration, human trafficking and modern slavery; A new African reality
  3. The impact of foreign aid/development loans on Africa's development
  4. Representation of Africa in the media today
  5. Xenophobia and Ultra-nationalism: An emerging Trend in Africa
  6. The role extraction industry plays in the modern economy in Africa

Participants got a chance to engage in vigorous discussions through panels discourses that included the following. Panel one tackled three main issues: (1) The superpowers and the scramble for Africa: Then and now, The Impact for foreign aid on Africa's; (2) Development, The failure of foreign aid in Africa: The case of Kenya; and (3) Slavery in the 21st C: A crime against human nature. Panel two discussed three issues as well that included: (1) Need, Greed and Creed: Corporate social responsibility in the Sudan's oil sector; (2) Diplomacy or deception: The conundrum of Beijing's oil diplomacy in South Sudan; and (3) Youth Economic Migration Media presentation of Africa: "Deconstruction and Rethinking of Myths and Stereotypes in Derridean Terms." The issues that panel three explored included (1) The Implication of China High Tech Mining on Socio-Economic status of artisanal and small-scale miners in Kenya; and (2) The Future of Extraction Industry on Pastoral Economy Xenophobia and ultra-nationalism: "An emerging Trend in Africa", the role of media in Peacebuilding.

The importance of what was conferred upon was laid keenly on through effective question and answer sessions. On day two, the discussions that were held earlier, through judges, panel and idea lab presentations were handled to bring up the best ideas as per the theme of the conference. There were vast ideas that the participants aired. For instance, one group looked at how violent extremism and radicalization festers within institutions of higher learning and various solutions to curb the problem. In addition, an idea with an initiative to curb terrorism was also presented to the judges. Furthermore, another group presented an idea of bringing consensus within institutions of higher learning about radicalization and violent extremism. HIPSIR students' idea was based on how mining is viewed at the traditional institutions of some communities. The institutions that were represented in the conference presented at least five ideas to the judges where two were selected as the winners. The winning ideas were from HIPSIR and Kenyatta University students.

Conventionally, through sharing of these ideas, the conference opened up a completely new scope of how Africa is on the verge of facing tremendous shifts of different political, economic, and socio-political impact to its subjects and its leaders.

By: CRTP Team

 

CMT Consultation Meeting

CMT Consultation MeetingFor long, there has been an unclear resonance of where to find African conflict-related data. The fact that many western and other external independent firms such as NGO's and data service providing firms are always undertaking this kind of venture clarifies this observation. HIPSIR'S team of researchers SOUGHT challenged this by developing a reliable Conflict Monitoring Tool (CMT), which is proudly made by African people and for Africa. This was the main objective of the project.

On 4th of October 2019, HIPSIR conducted a follow-up meeting to clarify the nature of the project. In attendance were 15 participants from different cultural and social diversities including officers from FECCLAHA, IPHRD-Africa and other interested independent individuals. The presentations made on that day sought to specify the importance of the tool and the need to update it with current conflict-stricken areas in Africa. The participants emphasized the idea of diversity and inclusivity in order to accommodate gender perspectives.

Generally, the meeting aspired to solve an issue that has been there in the African society yet unnoticed or largely ignored; dependence on information on Africa's conflicts that non-African residents provide. The fact that the people from the African have better understanding and accurate information about the conflict situations in the continent informed this idea. By developing the CMT, HIPSIR would be at the forefront of pioneering conflict management and peace maintenance.

Article By; Samuel Mwaura (Intern)

 

International Relations Students Visit to IPSTC

JusticeHekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR) students undertook an educational visit to the International Peace Support and Training Centre (IPSTC) on 3rd October 2019. The 15 International Relations class students led by Dr. Elisée Rutagambwa, who explained on why HIPSIR places an emphasis on organising visits to different sites by the master students to get a sense of the practical aspects of the academic knowledge they accumulate over the studies at HIPSIR.

The peace training centre emerges as a beacon, an entity which mixes the theoretical to the praxis by seeking "To manage conflict by being alive to the interests of all actors". As an institution which seeks to critically engage on all issues pertaining to peace, security and stability on the African continent it is composed of four key offices namely the Headquarters (HQ), the Peace and Conflict Support School (PCSS), the Peace and Security Research Department (PSRD) and the Peace and Conflict Studies School (PCSS). HIPSIR relations with the centre spans back to years ago as the two share in different levels. In this sense, IPSTC and HIPSIR has called for close coordination, liaison and info sharing on efforts being undertaken at all levels, from educational background to practical side.

Article by; Pierre Mugangu (Student)

 

5th Annual Student-led conference

The Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR) of Hekima University College, Nairobi, Kenya is organizing and hosting the 7th Annual Student led conference which is a one-day conference on the 18th October 2019 on the theme - The Scramble for Africa in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities – to make an in-depth exploration of the topic under the following sub-themes:

1. The Africa continental free trade area: An answer to Africa's trade and development issues?
2. Migration, human trafficking and modern slavery; A new African reality
3. The impact of foreign aid/development loans on Africa's development
4. Representation of Africa in the media today
5. Xenophobia and Ultra-nationalism: An emerging Trend in Africa
6. The role extraction industry plays in modern economy in Africa

The purpose of this conference is to bring together students from various higher learning Institutions, with diverse areas of study, to explore the place of Africa in the contemporary Society while creatively looking at how the Africans can take advantage of the new wave of Exploration in the continent.
It is therefore our pleasure to invite graduate and post-graduate students who would like to Present papers on any of the sub-themes above to submit an abstract of no more than 250 Words by the latest 30th September 2019.

For further information or any inquiry, please call the numbers above or send an email to
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A visit to the Hekima university college chapel during the TRRR conference

TRRR Article webI can do yoga in this chapel, Dr. Waltrina Middleton, delegate at the TRRR conference expressing her love for the Hekima University College chapel.


The 8th Transatlantic Round table Conference on Religion and Race (TRRR) was convened in Nairobi, Kenya, at Hekima Institute of peace studies and International Relations (HIPSIR). Hekima is a Christian and Jesuit Institution that offers MA in peace studies and international relations, and BA in theology. In addition, the college has a center for research, training and publications. The T triple R conference is a community of discourse on religious responses to issues of race and brings together religious leaders, scholars, civil society organizations and governmental leaders in round table discussions.

Coincidentally, the 2019 theme of the TRRR conference, 'old divisions new social formations: Africa and the diaspora', fits with the symbolism of the painting in the Hekima chapel. They are not only thought provoking but also presents an urgency for action.

As you step in the university, the Hekima University College chapel is eye catching. It's central location within the compound, the beautiful garden plants and the stained-glass doors welcomes you to a place of worship and adoration. As delegates get seated, one could easily notice a steady and intent look in admiration of the paintings and other art behind the center alter of the chapel. Dr. Elias Omondi, director of HIPSIR and a Jesuit priest, took the stage to brief the delegates and students on the triptych at the alter which was designed by an African Jesuit artist and scholar from Cameroon, Fr. Engelbert Mveng. The beautiful image at the center depicts an elevated Christ with a lustrous bright yellow color at the background, he said. At his feet are two figures, one with arms stretched out to him and the other pointing at 'the city'. This magnificent image is sandwiched by scenes from the bible; on the right, is the miracle of the multiplication of loaves and on the left is the miracle of Cana.

Strategically located at the bottom center of the middle panel is 'the city of Nairobi'. In an article published in 2012, Fr. Kpanie Addy, points out to the symbolism and ambivalence of the city through 3 lenses; First the biblical perspectives. Enoch as the first city of the bible, which originated as a place of refuge and protection for Cain and but also a birthplace for civilization and invention. Furthermore, the bible notes the emergence of several other cities, some representing evil like Sodom and Gomorrah while some others are outstanding like Jerusalem. The second perspective is within the African context. In this context, the city is representated in a clear dichotomy of the rural and urban, one that can be viewed as a deliberate establishment by the colonial masters of a social structure that restricts black people's access to the urban cities. Thus, a place of alienation, exclusion and exploitation but also a place of acculturation and survival especially in the contemporary society. The third perspective is that of the artists. A lens that encapsulates the first two perspectives. According to the Fr. Mveng, the city represents the church in its inherent ambiguity. Whereby racism among other evils proceed Christ's mission even among the missionaries on one hand and on the other, is the active role played by the church in advocating for social justice and peace in conflict situations.


 By: Faith Ondeng | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Kwale Field Visit Report

KwaleThe second lot of the Ongoing Chartered mediators Course training had its planned field visit of Kwale County on 2nd September 2019. The visit targeted mining areas in the County with an intention of getting firsthand information from the miners through observations as well as holding consultative discussions with them. The places that were visited included the following.

Figure 1: Map of Matuga Sub-county


 

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Mban Leadership Training

Mban articleHekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR) conducted a 3 day workshop on Christian Leadership and Peacebuilding in Mban Parish Migori with the target audience being 29 church leaders from the parish. The feedback from the participants and the main facilitator Mr. Michael Tanya was overwhelming. The training was aimed at reaching more people at the grassroots through the trained church leaders. Who were advised to visit the different Christian communities and train them on the topics tackled

 

Trans-Atlantic conference on Religion and Race (TRRR)Conference

TRRR Article webThe Trans-Atlantic conference on Religion and Race was held from 1st -5th July 2019 at Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR). The conference was attended by over 60 participants different cultural diversities and religions across the globe. The conference was divided into 2 sections; Pre-conference and the main conference. The pre- conference involved site visits to Kibera and Eastleigh in a bid to learn more on what the local community CBOs are doing to promote peace and unity among people of different diversities. The conference brought together scholars from different religious and cultural back grounds and the main conference handled various topics in relation to religion and race. It started off with a topic on East African Perspectives on the Old divisions and new social formations which touched on Regional politics, Conflict and reconciliation in Eastern Africa. Issues such as the Immigration crisis and the church's response to the same were discussed and policy reforms proposed in order to intervene in the crisis.. Read more

 

Conflict Resolution and Peace Building Course

Conflict Training webHekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR) held a 5 day training on conflict resolution and peace building from 22nd to 26th July 2019. The training was attended by 21 participants from different institutions and organizations working for peace including; Fellowship of Councils of Churches in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa (FECCLAHA), the National Cohesion and Integration Comission (NCIC), the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC), the All African Conference of Chruches(AACC) and Global One. Ms Florence Mpaayei (senior advisor and co-ordinator, Peace Practice at HIPSIR) was the main facilitator assisted by Mr. Benard Okok (Senior Technical Advisor, Interfaith Relations and Peace building, East Africa Region office of World Vision) and Ms Jacque Anundo (a clinical Psychologist from Chiromo Hospital). The training covered a range of topics such as Conflict Analysis and theories, Peace building, psychosocial support and reconciliation amongst others. The topics were also gendered throughout the training in the spirit of UNSCR 1325.

 

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Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR) held a 5 day training on conflict resolution and peace building from 22nd to 26th July 2019. The training was attended by 21 participants from different institutions and organizations working for...

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Early Career Researcher (ECR) Workshop

Early Career Researcher (ECR) Workshop

Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR) hosted a two day Early Career Researcher (ECR) workshop on 16th and 17th July 2019. The workshop brought together over 35 participants from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan and Ethiopia with...

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