Ms. Caroline Kisato
Network and Partner Relations Coordinator
Caroline is a peace and security practitioner with expertise in bottom up approach in addressing societal conflicts in the region of Great Lakes and Horn of Africa. She recently joined West Africa Centre of Peace Studies (WACPS), Ghana as the Network and Partner Relations Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Moi University, Kenya majoring in Government and Public Administration (GPA). She is currently an Australian Awards scholar completing her Master of International Development (MID) degree at Flinders University, Australia.
She is also an alumnus of Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Australia, Uppsala University, Sweden and Coady Institute, St Francis University, Canada having attained fellowships to participate in short trainings on Capacity Building on Peacebuilding and Conflict Management (PBCM), International Training on Dialogue and Mediation (ITDM) and Social Enterprise for Inclusive Local Economies respectively. She volunteers at Kids to School Foundation, Netherlands as a Local Advisory Council (LAC) member and Save the Children, Australia.
Caroline has facilitated multiple peacebuilding and security trainings among the pastoralist communities in Kenya and cross-border nations. She was the Project Coordinator of Partnership for Peace and Security (PfPS), a body that brings together civil societies to chart a way forward for peaceful co-existence in the nation and neighbouring countries. Ms. Kisato participated in a study tour to Brazil in 2010 organised by National Steering Committee on Peacebuilding and Conflict Management (NSC-PBCM) and facilitated by United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to learn how ‘Youth and organised gangs’ are tackled in Brazil so as to bring best practices to Kenya.
The findings informed the Government of Kenya in drafting the prevention of terrorism ACT and how to address militia groups and crime in Kenya. In 2011, Caroline participated in a study tour to South Africa in partnership with the Government of Kenya (GoK) and sponsored by Institute of Security Studies (ISS) and the East African Community (EAC). This was a follow-up of a 5 days training on small arms and light weapons (SALW). The purpose of the study tour was to understand the extent of cattle rustling and infiltration of SALW in South Africa and its impacts on security. The best practices guided the drafting of the control of small arms and light weapons policy in Kenya.
Prior to this, Caroline worked at Security Research & Information Centre (SRIC) an independent, non-profit-making think-tank committed to providing data and information on human security and security sector dynamics in Kenya and the sub-regions of the Great Lakes and the Horn of Africa. She also spearheaded Tax Justice Network-Africa (TJN-A) Organizational Capacity Assessment (OCA) which identified organizational gaps for which the organisation contracted her to develop missing organisational policies. She was involved in the evaluation of the UNDP program on “Consolidating the Peace Process and Establishing Foundations for a Peaceful Political Transition (CPP), 2010-2013”. CPP was an integrated programme coordinated by GoK through the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government that brought on board state and non-state actors taking lead on implementation of specific programme outputs.