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The Power of Homegrown Solutions in Africa

Dr. Sellah King’oro

Event: Oxford Peace Talks 2019
Location: The Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, Mansfield College
Date: 16/05/2019

“How can Africa lead for peace? Things are changed; Africa is adopting homegrown solutions to address conflicts. In 2007, the post-election conflicts in Kenya spread across the country. Despite of the fact that the immediate issue was power sharing, we needed to look at the underlying issues of the violence. The mediation process gave path to local institutions that would later address root causes of the post-election violence.”

Assistant Director of the Research, Policy and Planning Department of Kenya’s National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), Sellah King’oro, shares her story of how the mediation process in Kenya opened path to local institutions. Also, she emphasizes the power of civic space, minorities and being sensitive to inequalities.

Oxford Peace Talks 2019. Recorded at the The Bonavero Institute of Human Rights in Mansfield College on May 16, 2019.


Dr. Sellah King’oro

Dr. Sellah Nasimiyu King’oro is the Assistant Director of the Research, Policy and Planning Department at the National Cohesion and Integration Commission. Dr. King’oro has over 11 years of experience in social research with interests in measuring peace, ethnic relations, genocide prevention and social cohesion among others. She coordinated the concept development and implementation of the first ever ethnic audits of public institutions in Kenya. Additionally, she was appointed a Global Peace Index Ambassador by the Institute of Economics and Peace, USA following her great efforts in developing a Social Cohesion Index for Kenya in 2013. Dr. King’oro worked for both local and international NGOs before joining the Commission. She has a PhD in Peace and Conflict (Kisii University), a Master of Arts in International Studies (University of Nairobi), a Bachelor of Education Arts (Maseno University) and a Bachelor of Laws (Mount Kenya University). She is also a Rotary Peace Fellow Alumni with a postgraduate certificate in Peace and Conflict from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand and a diploma in ‘Using Democracy for Peace’ from Bradford University, UK, and a certificate in 'The Responsibility to Protect' from the Kofi Annan International Peace Training Centre, Ghana.