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Kenya National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)

nctcLocation: Nairobi, Kenya


Type: Police

NCTC is a policy institution created to serve primarily as the coordinating agency for all counter terrorism efforts for the government of Kenya.

NCTC efforts have involved training law enforcement, border control personnel, and those in the prison services.

In response to Al Shabaab’s increasing efforts to recruit members from the local communities, the government has introduced a programme to build capacity for youth and women’s groups to counter the rise of extremist violence in their communities. It is believed this will help strengthen community resilience among the groups susceptible to recruitment.

These initiatives have seen the NCTC partner with Kenya Muslim Women Alliance, Kenya Community Centre and Kenya Muslim Youth Alliance in order to engage them in their efforts to counter extremist violence. This is particularly important as most the IED attacks in Kenya have been carried out by Kenyan youths.

This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.