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Civil society actors who stand up for human rights, freedom of expression, artistic freedom and democracy do not operate in a social vacuum. Their participation in a relocation programme affects their communities of origin, including their families, their colleagues and the local NGO scene.
With the example of Kenya, this study sheds light on the impact that temporary shelter and protection programmes have on their participants' home communities. Based on focus group discussions and individual interviews, it gives practical recommendations on how to support home communities and to address challenges related to the relocation process.
Salome Nduta is the Director of programmes at the National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Kenya (Defenders Coalition), an organisation which supports HRDs at risk. She has been a researcher on women HRDs in Kenya (gendered risks) as well as those working on extractives.
She sits on the board of trustees of the human rights organisation Haki Africa and is the winner of the inaugural Scottish Bar International Award for human rights defenders 2018.
Patrick Mutahi is a scholar, researcher and human rights defender from Kenya. He is also a research fellow at the Centre for Human Rights and Policy Studies (CHRIPS) based in Kenya, where he works on research and policy issues relating to human rights, governance, urban crime and security.
He is currently a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.