Usalama Forum is a Kenyan based Public Safety Research and Innovation Organization founded as a Police Reforms lobby in 2008 with the mandate of consolidating civil society engagement in the security sector reforms programs in the country.
Usalama Forum was established by a coalition of local, national and international organizations working in Security Sector in Kenya” as a civic space with a view to promote popular, incisive and effective citizen engagement with ongoing Security Sector Reforms (SSRs) processes in Kenya, specifically the reforms in both the Kenya Police and Administration Police Force.
Since the post-election violence which rocked the nations in 2008, the police sector was prioritized in the vision 2030 with specific key recommendations on the institutional reforms including police reforms these issues were also highlighted in the WAKI Report.
Initially Usalama was organized along four thematic strands:
- Police professionalism,
- Decentralization and
- community policing, oversight mechanisms
Usalama’s scope of work is based on five thematic areas.
- Establishing community initiatives and building responsive cultures for crime and violence prevention
- Safety and security resources increased and managed in a transparent and accountable way
- Capacities of local actors developed and collaborative processes established or strengthened to ensure accountable provision of services.
- Communities capacitated and empowered to inform local safety needs and acess to services.
- Communities are better able to ensure safety and prevent crime and violence at the local level.
Usalama’s mandate has since evolved and is now focused on generating and promoting good practices for community safety and security. It is the hope of Usalama Forum that these community models shall be the springboards for generating knowledge on how to build and sustain viable Community Safety Schemes; consolidate evidence for policy, future legislation and institutional development.
In its new mandate, Usalama works closely with community initiatives, member organizations and relevant government institutions. We also partner with national and international organizations, foundations and donor partners to achieve our goal of safe and secure communities.
Currently, Usalama has projects in 13 communities. These include: Mtwapa, Voi, Eastleigh, Garissa, Kirinyaga, Kisii, Ugunja, Bungoma, Kopsiro, Kapenguria, Baragoi, Kakuma and Isiolo.