About RLS Fellowship and Mentorship Programme

The RLS Fellowship and Mentorship Programme is part of Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung’s special initiative focusing on forced migration in East Africa, under the leadership of the East Africa Regional Office (please visit www.rosalux.co.tz for more details about the work of this office). The fellowship and mentorship programme is informed especially by the findings of two studies commissioned by RLS. The first study (in 2015) in Kenya focused on analysing climate change and its role as a catalyst for conflicts and forced migration in the country. The study, undertaken by the Institute of Climate Change and Adaptation (ICCA) of the University of Nairobi (UON) was not conclusive on the matter, suggesting that climate change was just one factor to conflicts and forced migrations in the Kenya. It suggested that other key aspects of social life, economic and governance issues contributed significantly to the protracted conflicts in the country.
In response to that conclusion, RLS, in 2016, commissioned another study to explore the role of governance in preventing, managing and ending conflicts in Kenya. The study focused on assessing various contexts of the many underlying dynamics of the Kenyan society and the role of the government in managing conflicts. Among the findings of this second study was the conclusion that the Kenyan society is engulfed in so many historical economic, social and political problems that cumulatively contribute to forming the foundations on which conflicts stem and thrive. The key challenge was attributed to the lack of responsible leaders who can fully commit themselves to the noble work of addressing the root causes of conflicts in Kenya, and the systemic issues of governance and political positioning.


For 2017, 30 (13 female and 17 male) fellows are drawn from 23 target counties in the 8 regions (former provinces) of Kenya. The fellowship programme seeks to:
 Enhance the capacity of youth leaders in Kenya through training and mentorship programmes on transformational leadership and prevention and management of conflicts in the country;
 Disseminate key findings and recommendations of the RLS study on the role of the government in Kenya in the prevention and management of conflicts;  Gather and document success stories from youth leaders in Kenya on how to prevent and manage conflicts and share them widely for possible learning and replication in other communities and countries facing similar or related challenges;
 Identity further policy recommendations from youth leaders for sharing with relevant bodies, especially government authorities for integration and implementation.

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