Willis Okumu

Willis Okumu
Institute for Security Studies | ISS · ENACT

Doctor of Philosophy (Social Anthropology)

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Education
October 2013 - October 2016
Right Livelihood College/Centre for Development Research, University of Bonn
Field of study
  • Conflict and Development, Pastoral and Agro-pastoral livelihoods in Eastern Africa
October 2010 - December 2012
University of Cologne
Field of study
  • Anthropology

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Publications (12)
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Study delves into the networks that facilitate the illegal harvesting and sale of the endangered sandalwood tree from Kenya. It looks into the state and none-state actors that facilitate the entry of sandalwood traffickers into community forests in Northern Kenya and the routes that harvested sandalwood is moved through from Northern Kenya to Toror...
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This article explains the Baragoi Massacre that occurred in 2012 in Northern Kenya. It explains the progression of the conflict between the Samburu and Turkana communities to an all-out conflict which claimed the lives of 42 police officers. In the analysis, it attributes the progression from a cattle raid to all-out violence to the entry of extern...
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Northern Kenya is popularly dubbed as an ‘ungoverned space’ referring to a social, economic, or political arena where the state does not exercise effective authority. Here, cattle raids and highway banditry attacks have become rather standardized. This ineffective or limited state presence and authority gives rise to alternative structures of autho...
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In the last decade, the Kenyan state, reacting mainly to the 2007/2008 post-election violence and cases of intergroup conflicts, created local peace committees and conferred on them the rights to address specific disputes and prevent conflicts at the local level. Local peace committees are (superficially) modelled after social institutions deemed t...
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In the last decade, the Kenyan state, reacting mainly to the 2007/2008 post-election violence and cases of intergroup conflicts, created local peace committees and conferred on them the rights to address specific disputes and prevent conflicts at the local level. Local peace committees are (superficially) modelled after social institutions deemed t...
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This paper argues that livestock raids and pastoralists’ competition over water and pastures in north-western Kenya are manifestations of local ethnic political contests and rivalries. The culture of raiding among the Samburu, Turkana, Pokot, Borana, Gabra and Rendille communities has changed over the last 40 years. Whereas elders were once the gat...
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ABSTRACT This paper seeks to trace and evaluate student politics at the University of Nairobi by analyzing the effectiveness of the student body; Students’ Organization of the University of Nairobi (herein known and referred to as SONU). This paper looks into institutional weaknesses, corruption, gender insensitivity, the role of University Adminis...

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The aim of REAL is to provide a longer-term historical perspective on human-environment interactions to enable future long-term sustainable use of East Africa’s fragile environment and resources. The main focus is on the temporal, spatial, and social dynamics of human-landscape interactions in East Africa over the last millennium