Kenyan Election Violence Prevention

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PeaceTech Lab is partnering with Mercy Corps to implement the Kenya Election Violence Prevention and Response Program (KEVP). This initiative, funded by the US Department of State, is designed to mitigate the risk of election-related violence in the lead up to, during, and immediately following the Kenyan elections scheduled for August 8 of this year.

Together with Mercy Corps, the Lab is supporting the on-going efforts of Kenyan civil society organizations, including student organizations, youth bunges (parliaments), the local private sector, religious groups, and other local organizations in Kisumu, Nakuru, Nandi and Nairobi counties, to ensure that youth and communities are able to remain resilient to political manipulation and ensure a peaceful election.

PeaceTech Lab is serving as the technology partner on the project by implementing an SMS platform in all four counties. The SMS platform serves as an early warning and early response system through which communities can report cases of election-related tension, rumors, hate speech and brewing violence. The Lab is working with community leaders to develop targeted peace messaging via SMS to respond to early warning messages in areas that are most at-risk for violence.

The Lab is also monitoring the use of hateful language on social media by analyzing and contextualizing key terminology used to propagate hate against individuals, candidates and communities. Such monitoring and analysis is intended to assist communities, security officials and other response hubs understand how to respond to virulent election-related hate speech on social media.

 

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Counties

  • Kisumu
  • Nakuru
  • Nandi
  • Nairobi

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