TUVUKE Initiative was launched in 2011, as a countrywide collective platform, whose overall objective was to achieve peaceful, free and fair elections in Kenya. It was a civil society response to wide-spread violence that had defined 2007/2008 electoral process. Targeting violence-prone areas and conflict hotspots around electoral periods, the Initiative sought to take on proactive actions aimed at forestalling planned or spontaneous violence before, during and after the elections by involving communities as agents of peace. In addition, TUVUKE Initiative sought to promote the participation of women and youth in electoral processes and ensuring responsible media practices. For the first time since 1992 no citizens were displaced throughout the electoral process and electoral disputes were resolved through the judicial process.
TUVUKE Initiative is well positioned to provide leadership for a peaceful, inclusive and just society. Moving forward, TUVUKE Initiative will continue entrenching sustainable democratic processes, enhancing inclusive public participation and entrenching a culture of constitutionalism in Kenya. TUVUKE Initiative has a strategic plan leveraging on the building blocks grounded in democratic processes. The approach embraces the new vision, mission and objectives of TUVUKE Initiative. The strategy focuses on the following result areas:
- Responsible and accountable media.
- Youth positioned to provide leadership in political, and social arena in the counties
- Safer communities that celebrate diversity and embrace dialogue for peaceful co-existence.
- Women positioned in the leadership and decision making.
- Peaceful co-existence among natural resource dependent communities.
The TUVUKE Initiative is currently anchored on Kenya Women Holding platform which has a National wide presence. The implementation of all TUVUKE activities will be organized around the following thematic areas:
- Women Participation and Empowerment
- Media Engagement
- Peace and Security
- Natural Resource Rights
- Youth participation