The Citizen Support Mechanism (CSM) is an initiative by the National Counter Terrorism Centre in collaboration with stakeholders in the private sector, civil society, researchers and the international community. Its aim is to:
- Advance the efforts of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) Country Support Mechanism so that the grant for Kenya is managed in an efficient, inclusive, accountable and impact-focused fashion.
- Increase access to CVE partnerships and support to non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
- Provide a central point for NGOs and organisations that want to work with Government of Kenya entities to register, present their solutions and proposals for partnership.
- To ensure that organisations seeking to work in CVE and with the government are legally registered.
- Allow cohesion and mapping of country-wide CVE efforts.
Responsibilities and Functions of the CSM
- Be an essential element of the GCERF Core Funding Mechanism (CFM).
- Support Kenya-led responses to the threat of radicalisation to violent extremism.
- Review project proposals and make recommendations for their support and partnership to the Government of Kenya, and bilateral and multilateral donors.
- Consult with international processes such as the GCERF Independent Review Panel on national priorities and consultation processes.
- Support the creation, development, and work of partnerships among all relevant actors within Kenya, and across all sectors of society, including: government; civil society; the private sector; and bilateral, international, and multilateral stakeholders.
- Strengthen the participation of citizens and groups in addressing the threat of radicalisation to violence.
- Build on, complement and coordinate with existing national counter terrorism efforts and preventing violent extremism efforts.
- With inputs from stakeholders, identify and advertise emerging priorities and areas of work.
- Encourage transparency and accountability.
Composition of the CSM Review Panel
The panel recognises the need for a coordinated, multi-sector approach involving inputs from different skill sets and orientations to the challenge of violent extremism. The individuals were selected from experts and leaders who have made a specific
expression of interest in engaging in this effort on the national level. They reflect different skills, background, and experience.
There are 14 members representing the government, private sector, young Kenyans, researchers, religious organisations, and multilateral and international organisations.
Conflicts of Interest
The CSM has resolved to ensure that conflicts of interest that arise do not damage its credibility and the process of identifying and objectively assessing the value-add of proposals. To that end, the members will declare conflicts of interest affecting themselves or institutions affiliated to them. The members will not take part in decisions where there is an obvious conflict of interest.
Eligibility for Funding and Partnership
- Be a legally registered entity in the Republic of Kenya.
- If your organisation is registered outside Kenya, provide proof that you and your staff have the correct immigration documentation and work permits.
- If seeking to engage as an individual partnering with one or more Government of Kenya entities, be a citizen of Kenya or, if a foreigner, possess relevant immigration and work permits.
- Your proposed solution is in accord with the Constitution of Kenya and particularly its Bill of Rights.
- You have undertaken a security risk analysis for the implementation of your project.
- That you are prepared to provide brief biannual reports to the CSM reflecting impact, lessons learned and challenges encountered.
- That you are willing for your application to be shared with donors and government departments.
- That you provide registration information on your organisation, trustees and management, and none of the trustees or management are part of active violent extremist networks, as supporters or active sympathisers, or part of adverse legal processes.
How the Process Works
- The application will allow the group to be prequalified by ensuring that it is legally registered and none of the trustees or management are part of ongoing violent extremist court cases.
- The problem will be identified and the solution linked to the National Strategy to Counter Violent Extremism.
- The applicant will be able to input the key performance indicators and their proposed evaluation system.
- All applications for funding by GCERF and other donors will be submitted with to the CSM for review and recommendation.
- All applications to work in CVE with the partnership of the Government of Kenya will be reviewed by the NCTC and a resident representative of the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government. A recommendation will then be made to the relevant County Commissioner and other government officials and institutions.
- Please note all applications to work with the Government in CVE/PVE will need to follow this application and registration process.
Supporting Documents for Application
The application process on this website is not final. It is brief and intended to only reveal the overall thrust of an application. Those that are recommended for funding and/or partnership will need to be submitted in a more complete fashion directly to the donor or the relevant government entity.
Role of the NCTC
The National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) is the coordinating agency for the National Strategy to Counter Violent Extremism. The NCTC is located in the Executive Office of the President to enable it to effectively carry out this coordinating function. Its work is to build partnerships that add concrete value to CVE, ensure that CVE efforts add to the security of citizens and the country, and to involve credible actors of proven effectiveness from a spectrum of sectors. The NCTC will also work hand-in-hand with the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government which has been tasked as the lead implementing agency for the government. The Director of the NCTC or his/her representative chairs the CSM.
Download the Abbreviated CVE strategy