Warriors to Peace Guardians—Emergent Peacebuilding Design in Kenya

  • Gail M. ErvinEmail author
  • Mary-Anne Lechoe
Part of the Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies book series (RCS)


This chapter shares the story of indigenous-led peacebuilding, illustrating an effective shift in nongovernmental organization (NGO) role from international interventionist to catalyst and facilitator. Drawing from participatory action research and emergent peacebuilding design, the Warriors to Peace Guardians–Baringo project established an inclusive network of diverse peace guardians in three remote pastoralist communities in Kenya. The extant literature suggests that support for grassroots peacebuilding is often hampered by Western teleological approaches that have limited capacity to deal with complexity and emergence. With the support of the United States Institute of Peace, this project overcame such limitations, adapting successfully to emergent realities on the ground, and retaining indigenous ownership in partnership with an international NGO, Mediators Beyond Borders International.


Pastoralist Self-organization Peacebuilding Emergence Complexity Elicitive Networks Indigenous Interethnic Sustainable Grassroots 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mediators Beyond Borders InternationalArlingtonUSA
  2. 2.Peace Guardians CoreNairobiKenya

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