Strengthening Professionalism and Investigative Journalism in Africa

This two-phase exchange program, which started in Kenya, brought a group of four young journalists from selected news organizations to the United States for a four-week program. They attended an orientation in Washington, D.C., and then spent the remaining time working out of U.S. newsrooms.

The program provided participating journalists with the necessary skills to do enterprise news reporting of relevant social issues, as well as how to use the latest digital tools for their work. Through their time working with U.S.

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Yingying investigated the dire consequences faced by teenage girls in Kenya who cannot afford sanitary napkins.

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Voter turnout in Kenya broke records, thanks in part to GotToVote!

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GotToVote was created with less than $500 to assist Kenyans searching for polling stations during the recent Presidential Election. It represents one of many examples of the far-reaching effects of your generous support.

Apr 102013

Open Data’s Role in the Peaceful Transition of Power in Kenya

“Kenya’s new president, Uhuru Kenyatta, has been inaugurated in a peaceful transition of power after fears that a close election result and contested court case might lead to violence,” writes Alex Plough of Thomson Reuters AlertNet.

“One group in particular will feel they played a part; a small team of software developers and activists called Code4Kenya. Their web application, GotToVote!, helped Kenyans to register at polling booths, send peace messages and report electoral fraud.

Mar 182013

Choices and Consequences in Kenya’s Election

Kenya’s national election resulted in victory for Uhuru Kenyata, a man charged with crimes against humanity in the International Criminal Court. His top rival, Raila Odinga, has petitioned the Kenyan Supreme Court challenging the election. As the nation waits for the court’s ruling, Knight Fellow Joseph Warungu reflects on the election’s implications.

“Choices have consequences.”

That warning to Kenyans, issued almost a month before the election by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Johnnie Carson, played on the minds of many voters as they cast their ballots on March 4.

Mar 12013

Knight Fellow Moderates Historic Kenyan Political Debate. The Hot Issue: Land Reform.

Election campaigns in Kenya are normally noisy, lively and bloody. But this one had a difference. Instead of the usual three or four presidential candidates, there’ve been eight. There’s also been less bloodshed, but certainly more money spent in wooing the voter.

And for the first time ever, all candidates seeking the keys to State House – seven men and one woman – appeared together in public debates. There were three in February, broadcast live on radio and TV and streamed on the Internet.

NTV reporter Irene Choge used Kenyan government data - and skills acquired at a data bootcamp - to show how a dearth of toilets in certain school districts results in high dropout rates and low performance, especially among girls.