UWIANO Platform for Peace was established in May 2010 to provide a coordination framework for Electoral Violence Reduction Initiatives (EVRI) in the run up to the 4 August 2010 constitutional referendum. UWIANO, a Swahili word for “cohesion” was a call for peace and tolerance in the referendum, which took place in wake of governance reforms negotiated following the 2007 post-election violence. The four organisations that established the Platform were the National Steering Committee on Peace Building and Conflict Management (NSC) (co – chair), National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) (co-chair), Peace and Development Network Trust (PeaceNet) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Its membership has since grown to include Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), National Police Service (NPS), Office of the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP), Council of Governors (COG), Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), Kenya Media Council (KMC), Inter-Religious Council of Kenya (IRCK) and United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).
UWIANO Platform for Peace is a conflict preventive strategy that provides space for a wide range of partners, actors and stakeholders to build synergy and leverage their efforts for conflict prevention and peace building in Kenya. Alongside other initiatives, it was instrumental in delivering relatively free, credible, inclusive and peaceful 2013 and 2017 General Elections. The UWIANO Platform for Peace has been reinvigorated to support and coordinate efforts towards a free, credible, inclusive and peaceful 2022 General Elections and transitions thereafter.