MAZIDO International is implementing the Conflict Mitigation and Management Project under the USAID funded Strengthening Community Resilience against Extremism (SCORE) activity Phase II. This project runs from April 2017 to March 2019.
Among some of the key Project activities are;
- Conduct strategic engagements with County stakeholders and intra/inter community peace dialogues.
- Strengthen the Nyumba Kumi Initiative through training and peer learning/exchange visits. MAZIDO proposes to select and support model Nyumba Kumi Security Units in each of the 11 Wards which will then become learning/reference points for other units within their respective wards.
- Support and Strengthen the Community Wildlife Associations through trainings and facilitation.
- Provide Youth Empowerment Support through the establishment of Youth Enterprise Incubation Centers and peer mentorship.
- Strengthen and support the operationalization of the County CSOs Network through consultative engagements.
- Encourage Peace Building among the Taita, Duruma, Kamba and Wartha communities through Cultural Exhibitions
- Support the formulation of the County Policy on Range Utilization
This partnership started in October 2015 when MAZIDO International was selected as the Taita Taveta County SCORE Implementing Partner. Again, this was as a result of the existing partnership with Act who have been supporting us in terms of capacity development. Under SCORE phase I, MAZIDO through its project christened Conflict Mitigation and Management in Taita Taveta County undertook the following activities with encouraging results;
- Study on Land and Environment Conflict Issues in TTC (Mwatate and Voi Sub Counties)
- Development and Customization of Nyumba Kumi Initiative Guidelines & subsequent roll out
- Youth Entrepreneurship dialogues
- Ward Dissemination meetings and inter/intra community dialogues
- Strategic Engagements on Land and Ranching issues with County Stakeholders
- Support establishment of Community Wildlife Associations
Out of the above the following achievement was recorded;
- - A land and Environment Conflict Analysis carried out and a report produced and disseminated.
- - The Nyumba Kumi Initiative rolled out in 11 Wards and received mention by the President in a speech read on his behalf by Mrs. Christina Kenyatta Pratt during the burial of MAZIDO Chairperson.
- - Out of the 631-youth reached through the Youth Entrepreneurship dialogues, 3 Youth Groups and 4 individuals have already registered their businesses as well as applied for AGPO certification. A good example is Chakiloli Self Help Group who have since obtained loans of KES. 100,000 each from both the Youth Enterprise and Uwezo Funds.
- - Through intra/inter community dialogues, MAZIDO brought together Mbulia Ranch Management Committee, Conservancy Management and community representatives to dialogue over contested issues.
- - Following serious lobbying by the newly formed Mwatate Community Wildlife Association, KWS has made an undertaking to erect an electric fence which is a big win for the community in as far as Human-wildlife conflict is concerned.
- - The submission of a memorandum by County Lands Stakeholders on Land Conflict issues before the National Lands Commission Chairperson by MAZIDO has received a response vide a letter dated 23rd November 2016 by the CEO encouraging MAZIDO to liaise with the NLC’s County Coordinator to ensure that the matters raised with the commission are addressed.
- - The successful hosting of the Inaugural Buguta Cultural Extravaganza as a platform for intercommunity cohesion and peaceful coexistence. This event gave a rare chance to the minority Wartha Community to participate and showcase their culture on the same platform as the other dominant communities. The event received accolades from the County Commissioner who lauded MAZIDO and offered National Government support towards making it a calendar event.
- - MAZIDO mobilized County Wildlife stakeholders through a series of Policy dialogues during the National review of the Draft Wildlife Regulations. The output of these policy dialogues was a County Memorandum which was submitted during the National Validation meeting in Nairobi.