Ms. Leah Kimathi is a social researcher and activist with a deep interest in governing the state in Africa, elections, peace and security (DDR, SSR, TJ) and diversity and inclusion.
She has a wealth of experience spanning over 20 years working in various African countries with both state and non-state actors including Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Somalia, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Ethiopia and Zambia. Her portfolio includes programs’ design and implementation, applied research, policy advisory, organizational capacity development, curriculum design and training for civilian, police and military personnel among other engagements.
Currently, she is the National Convener of the Peace Actors’ Forum; a platform that brings together over forty civil society actors in peace and conflict in Kenya. She is also a consultant in elections in Africa for the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). She also routinely consults for the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) as both a curriculum developer and trainer/facilitator for peace support operations.
Ms. Kimathi is a founder member of the Council for Responsible Social Media and a Claude Ake Scholar. She has also extensively published on the state in Africa.
- Armed conflict (causes, dynamics, prevention)
- Armed groups
- Armed groups and armed conflict
- Children and DDR
- Climate security, natural resources and DDR
- Political context of DDR
- Rule of law, transitional justice and DDR
- Security sector reform and DDR
- Terrorism, violent extremism and DDR
- Women, gender and DDR
- Youth and DDR