Kara has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Institute of Professional Security Studies (IPSS) to provide framework for collaboration on promoting security & safety in the neighborhoods across Kenya.

Under the partnership, Kara and IPSS have agreed to jointly work on areas of mutual interest which include: Promoting the concept of structured community security and safety to enhance the quality of life at the neighborhood level; Develop security and safety standards for Resident Associations; Provide comprehensive security, safety and disaster management training for Resident Associations; Support Resident Associations to develop security management strategies and operational plans aimed at reducing crime and anti- social behavior; Encourage communities to actively participate in matters security and safety in their neighbourhood.

Speaking during the signing of the MoU, Kara CEO Mr. Henry Ochieng said that the partnership is timely and will go a long way in enabling the two organizations achieve their respective mandates.

“The MoU provides a framework through which Kara and IPSS can build synergy on security matters and roll out activities that are beneficial to the Resident Associations. We look forward to working closely with IPSS especially on development of safety and security standards for Resident Associations, so as to enhance the quality of life at the neighborhood level” he said. 

Lt.Col. (Rtd) Julius Githiri welcomed the partnership and said that IPSS is happy to partner with Kara on initiatives that will have positive impact on the society.

“The partnership with Kara will be of value to its members by ensuring that communities will be at the center of the safety and security programmes that will be initiated. We will work together in building their capacity to embrace technology in addressing security issues in neighborhoods and sharing best practices.” said Mr. Githiri

Under the MoU, the Parties will jointly mobilize resources and implement activities that are in line with the broad areas of collaboration already identified. The Parties will also share information and documents, including research reports related to the activities, outputs and impact of the collaboration. The MoU takes effect immediately and will be in force for three years after which it will be reviewed by both Parties and fresh commitments made.