PeaceTech Lab Africa
PeaceTech Lab Africa is the Lab's Nairobi-based office working to reduce violent conflict using technology, media, and data to accelerate and scale peacebuilding efforts.
Election Violence Prevention
PeaceTech Lab partnered with Mercy Corps to implement the Kenya Election Violence Prevention and Response Program (KEVP). This initiative, funded by the US Department of State, was designed to mitigate the risk of election-related violence in the lead up to, during, and immediately following the 2017 Kenyan elections. Learn More.
PeaceTech Lab Africa works to provide a platform for youth voices through peacemedia. In South Sudan, the popular Sawa Shabab radio drama entering its fourth season engages listeners via social media and SMS on issues of co-existence, national identity, gender equality, youth empowerment, and personal responsibility. In Nigeria, the Lab is partnering with Channels TV to create a Hausa-language news channel, aimed at youth aged 15-30. The Lab is also supporting the launch of the Channels TV media and journalism training academy in partnership with the International Center for Journalists and Code for Africa. Learn more.
In an effort to understand how online hate narratives fuel violence in South Sudan, PeaceTech Lab developed a Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms, combining cutting-edge social media analysis with in-country expertise to identify both the terms likely to incite violence, and their social and political context. The Lexicon also identifies alternative language that would mitigate the impact of this speech. Learn more.
Researching the Language of Violent Extremism in Kenya
Although it is well-known that extremist groups such as al-Shabaab use social media to spread fear and recruit susceptible youth, there is very little evidence-based research that details how at-risk youth use social media and how language is used online to radicalize these youth. PeaceTech Lab, in partnership with Wasafiri Consulting and with funding from DAI, is identifying, monitoring, and analyzing online content and the sources of influence used by extremist groups to radicalize youth in specific communities in Mombasa, Kenya. This project is being conducted by adapting and applying the Lab’s existing South Sudan and Nigeria online hate speech research framework.
By better understanding language related to violent extremism and utilizing innovative social media monitoring technologies to track radical online narratives, PeaceTech Lab is developing a solid analytical foundation that will inform and support local P/CVE efforts in Mombasa. The project ensures that rigorous research around violent extremism informs locally-driven, participatory initiatives that can build resilience and prevent radicalization in at-risk communities.