"Ushurikiano mwema kwa usalama” (UMKU) stands for “Good relationships for safety”. PBI Kenya has partnered with Saferworld – Kenya, and with two Kenyan community-based organisations, Ghetto Foundation and Mathare Social Justice Centre (MSJC) to implement this project funded by the European Union. Launched in April 2018, this 2-year project addresses Extra-Judicial Killings (EJKs) and increases respect of (inter)national Human Rights standards by law enforcement through strengthening the capacities of police officers and grassroots human rights defenders (GHRDs) to prevent EJKs and other Human Rights violations, and contribute to their investigation, prosecution and sanctioning. These two stakeholder groups are the first line of support for victims and their relatives. Jointly, the consortium will carry out activities that include documentation of Human Rights abuses, capacity building sessions for various stakeholder groups (including training of police officers and GHRDs), community dialogues and creating spaces for mutual understanding and advocacy concerning the Sustainable Development Goal number 16. The UMKU project is implemented in Mathare, Kamukunji and Embakasi North, three prominent urban settlements of Nairobi County.
The unique composition of the consortium, two international and two community-based organizations with continuous presence in Kenya, has several advantages. On one hand, it will allow for local ownership and a contextualized strategy built on local knowledge, updated analysis and power mapping. On the other hand, it is linked to international frameworks and global strategies on how best human rights abuses can be prevented and managed.