The Mediation Experiences of NCIC and Interpeace in Mandera County and the North Rift Region

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This research paper explores the processes and interventions that resulted in two ceasefire agreements in Kenya’s Mandera County and the Suguta Valley in the North Rift region. By examining the experiences of those involved in the conflicts and the mediation efforts, the study investigates what factors contributed to the significant reduction in violence between communities. The analysis reveals that these ceasefires unexpectedly emerged and have been sustained despite ongoing criminal activities. The research highlights the effective approach taken by the mediation teams, which focused on building trust, fostering dialogue, and adapting to the complex nature of the conflicts. The report offers practical lessons for practitioners, researchers, and policymakers engaged in promoting peace and emphasises the importance of a flexible and context-specific approach to mediation.