The Usalama engagement in the development of the Private Security Training Curriculum in Kenya

Usalama’s engagement for the consolidation of Private Security started back in 2010, after the adoption of the new constitution of Kenya as part of the broader framework of the national security sector reform. Usalama has been a key stakeholder, organizing community consultations and policy engagement. This process culminated with the enactment of the Private Security Regulation Act in 2016.

Through Private Security Workers Unions, Usalama has engaged the country’s union leadership to discuss and explore new ideas to support capacity building in the private security sector in Kenya. With the creation of the Private Security Regulatory Authority, Usalama has now been called upon to support the harmonization of different training curriculums that have been developed by the Nation Industrial Training Authority (NITA) and the Technical and Vocational Education Training Authority (TIVETA), with the aim of developing a single standard training curriculum for the private security industry. The process is set to begin in March, according to the Director of Private Security Regulatory Authority.  Usalama occupies a unique space as a neutral player to provide guidance.

The Vice Chairman of the Private Security regulatory Authority, the Chairman of the Protective Security Industry Association, the Director of the Private security Training Academy and the Secretary General of the Private Security Workers Union and gave presentation during the Observatory Annual Conference 2018 on the challenges and opportunities their respective institutions are facing, emphasizing the importance of opening dialogue and creating partnerships amongst the various actors.