Roselyne Onunga, Ph.D

Senior Associate, Peacebuilding and Governance

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Meet Roselyne

Roselyne is a scholar and a self-driven professional with expertise in peacebuilding and conflict transformation. She serves as the CEO of Local Capacities for Peace International, a Kenyan-based INGO seeking to promote, advocate and create awareness on the need for conflict sensitivity in peace building, humanitarian, and development interventions with the theme of Do No Harm.

As a collaborator, mentor, trainer, and coordinator with over 15 years’ experience, Roselyne is an expert in Conflict Early Warning/Response; Conflict Analysis and Reflecting on Peace Practice; Mediation, Negotiation and Community Dialogue; and Trauma Healing and Reconciliation. She has worked extensively on Women in Peace and Security and Socio-Economic Empowerment of women across East Africa and through global initiatives, such as the Monitoring, Evaluation and Coordination of IGAD’s work with the CEWERUs. Roselyne holds a PhD in Peacebuilding and Conflict Studies and has led long-term collaborations with Mediators Beyond Borders and CDA on Conflict Sensitivity/Do No Harm.

In her native Kenya, Roselyne has led numerous projects to advance locally-led peacebuilding. After setting up the Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB) peace sector working group, she facilitated governors to sign a peace charter prior to Kenya’s 2022 elections, spearheaded dialogue and mediation processes among political parties, formed county-level mediation support units, and continues to work with multi-ethnic communities involved in prevention of conflicts. Roselyne has also partnered closely with the Ministry of Interior, National Steering Committee on Peace Building and Conflict Management, and the Conflict Analysis Group to train and accompany communities and institutions as they strengthen early warning/response capabilities. With the Ministry of Education and the National Counter Terrorism Centre in Prevention and Countering Violent Extremism, Roselyne has led research, evaluations, and assessments.

Roselyne lives among the green hills of Kisumu County, where she serves as a representative of the Committee of Court Users. With colleague Millicent Otieno, Roselyne helped CDA and LCPI celebrate 25 years of collaboration in 2019.