Tecla Namachanja Wanjala

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Dr. Tecla Namachanja Wanjala is a Kenyan peace advocate and social healing consultant. She holds a PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology. She is a renowned consultant on matters related to Transitional Justice, Conflict Transformation, Social Healing and Reconciliation, among other things. She has a wealth of experience spanning over 25 years.

She served as the acting Chairperson of the Kenya’s Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) that was formed to investigate the past injustices and human rights abuses that were committed in Kenya. Despite the turbulent times that the TJRC faced, Tecla was able to navigate the murky waters and eventually guide the commission to successful completion of its mandate and subsequent release of the final report in 2013.

Besides TJRC, Tecla has worked for various local and international organizations that promote peaceful co-existence. She is currently the Program Manager for Green String Network that promotes social healing and reconciliation among Kenyan communities.

She once worked for Pact International as the Chief of Party for Peace in East and Central Africa from 2014 to 2015. Between 2007 and 2009, she was Pact Kenya’s Deputy Chief of Party. She spearheaded the trauma healing processes in response to 2007/2008 Post Election Violence in Kenya.

She also served as JICA’s in-house consultant in Peace Building and Post Conflict Reconstruction for Eastern and Southern Africa (2005 – 2007). Her main duty was to formulate peace building and post conflict reconstruction project plans.

Earlier on, between 1996 and 2003, Tecla worked as Coordinator for Peace and Development Network (PEACE-NET); an umbrella organization for Faith groups, NGOs, and CBOs working to transform conflicts in Kenya.

Tecla, who holds a Maters’ degree in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University, USA, is recognized as a ‘Pillar of Peace’ for the intervention work she undertook during the ethnic clashes in Kenya (Mount Elgon region) in 1991, 1992 and 1997. Globally, she was one of the nominees for the 1,000 Women for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. She has travelled extensively across the world to attend trainings and offer talks on matters related to peace and conflict.

Dr. Namachanja is currently in Berlin, Germany on a ten month (January 1 to October 30, 2018) sabbatical as Richard von Weizsäcker Seniour Fellowship under Robert Bosch Academy. Through the Richard von Weizsäcker Fellowship, the Robert Bosch Stiftung seeks to help shape important policy debates on the challenges of the 21st century.

PUBLICATIONS

  • Traditional Beliefs about Trauma and Trauma Intervention Methods among Sabaot People of Mount Elgon Region, Kenya The International Journal of Humanities & Social Studies (ISSN 2321 – 9203) Vol 4 Issue 3, pp: (311-318):  March, 2016 Available at: www.theijhss.com
  • Challenges of Counselling Domestic Violence Survivors in Kibera Slum- Kenya. MSF-B Experience. International Journal of Innovative Research & Development  May, 2016 Vol 5 Issue 6  Available at:  www.ijird.com
  • Nature and Influence of Conflict in Kibera and Mathare Slums after 2007 Elections in Kenya; International Journal of Recent Research in Social Sciences and Humanities (IJRRSSH) Vol. 3, Issue 2, pp: (9-16), Month: April 2016 – June 2016, ISSN 2349-7831 Available at: www.paperpublications.org.

Trauma healing program ‘Kumekucha’ supports ‘sustainable agents of resilience and community strength’