- Region: Africa
- Country / Conflict-Affected Area: Kenya
- Position: Commissioner
- Organization: National Cohesion and Integration Commission-Kenya
- Expertise: Conflict Prevention, Conflict Resolution, Rule of Law
Following the eruption of post-election violence in Kenya in 2007 and 2008, Alice Nderitu joined the National Cohesion and Integration Commission, newly created to mediate ethnic and race-related conflict. UNDP in Kenya and the National Committee on Peace Building and Conflict Management honored Ms. Nderitu for her role in maintaining a peaceful process during the August 2010 constitutional referendum. Sharing best practices of her conflict prevention efforts, the commissioner worked with South Sudanese prior to the critical January 2011 referendum on independence.
Ms. Nderitu served on Kenya’s National Commission on Human Rights, where she headed the Department of Human Rights Education. Previously, she directed the Education for Social Justice Programme of Fahamu, a UK-based charity that conducts trainings on human rights and social justice in Africa. In collaboration with the University of Oxford, the United Nations University for Peace, and UNHCR, she led Fahamu in developing training courses on human rights and conflict prevention.
For the past eight years, Ms. Nderitu has trained law enforcement and military officers on civilian-military cooperation and the rule of law through courses at the International Military Peace Support Training College and at the Rwanda Military Academy. She pioneered the first curriculum for training public officers on human rights in Kenya; developed a curriculum for the South Sudan Human Rights Commission and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission; and contributed to curricula revisions for the South African Ministry of Education. Ms. Nderitu is a guest lecturer on human rights and conflict prevention at the University of Pretoria and holds a master’s degree in armed conflict and peace studies from the University of Nairobi.
Last Updated: January 2011