Willis Okumu is currently a Junior Researcher at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany. He is also a Fellow of the Africa Good Governance Network (AGGN) of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and an Associate Fellow of the Africa Research and Resource Forum (ARRF), a think-tank based in Nairobi, Kenya. He holds a Master of Arts in Social Anthropology from the University of Cologne, Germany, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.

Research and Practice | February 11, 2013

From Ethnic Violence to Seeds of Peace: Pastoralists, Youth, and Intercommunity Peacebuilding in Northwestern Kenya

Introduction Northwestern Kenya has been a theatre of violent conflict pitting the Pokot, Samburu, and Turkana communities against one another in a fierce and deadly competition. This has been catalyzed by diminishing pasture and water resources, the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, political incitement, disputes over land and ethnic boundaries, the absence of […]

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Pokot and Samburu Morans symbolically shake hands at the Amaya Peace Monument in December 2010.