Isiolo County is located in the geographical center of Kenya covering an area of about 25,700 square kilometers and has eight neighboring counties namely; Marsabit to the North; Wajir to the East; Garissa to the South-East; Tana River; Kitui and Meru to the South; Laikipia to the South-West and Samburu to the West. Isiolo has three sub-counties namely, Isiolo, Merti, and Garbatulla. Isiolo town which is the headquarters of the county located close to its county border to Meru County. The county constitutes of three sub-counties, namely, Isiolo composed of Wabera, Bulla Pesa, Ngaremara, Burat and Oldonyiro wards; Merti composed of Chari and Cherab wards and Garbatulla composed of Kinna, Garbatulla, and Sericho. The county has Isiolo North and Isiolo South Constituencies.
Scofield Associates team conducted a minimalistic research study to understand the confluence of issues affecting Isiolo county from the lenses of conflict management. The participants for this study included representatives from 16 stakeholder organizations working in Isiolo country. This study is part of a more extensive engagement to assist Isiolo county in developing a Preventing Violent Extremism Index (PVE-I) that will be holistic and provide opportunities to understand the needs of the community. For this to be achieved, a mapping of interventions needed or being implemented vs. the outcomes of the activities based on stakeholder feedback is required. Therefore, this study was looking at providing options for the challenges mentioned above by specifically;
- Understanding the needs of the community and the problems they face
- Analyzing the organization’s theories of change
- Understanding definitions of success and its measurements
- Drawing a “Problem to Solutions Matrix” for Isiolo county