PeaceTech Lab Africa

Based in Nairobi, PEacetech Lab Africa works to reduce violent conflict across the continent using technology, media, and data to accelerate and scale peacebuilding efforts.

 

preventing Election Violence

PeaceTech Lab Africa partnered with Mercy Corps to implement the Kenya Election Violence Prevention and Response Program (KEVP). This initiative, funded by the U.S. Department of State, helped to mitigate the risk of election-related violence in the lead up to, during, and immediately following the 2017 Kenyan elections.

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Countering Hate Speech

To understand how online hate narratives fuel violence in South Sudan, PeaceTech Lab Africa 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. Our Open Situation Room Exchange and monitoring reports further substantiate our work to combat hate speech in the world's newest country.

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Broadcasting PEace MEdia

PeaceTech Lab Africa works to provide a peace media platform for youth voices. In South Sudan, the popular Sawa Shabab radio drama 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 youth-focused Hausa-language news channel while 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.

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Countering violent extremism

PeaceTech Lab Africa analyzed online content and the sources of influence used by extremist groups to radicalize youth in specific communities in Mombasa, Kenya to create A Lexicon of Violent Extremist Language on Social Media. The Lexicon, published in May 2018, uses rigorous research on online extremism to inform locally-driven, participatory peacebuilding initiatives to build resilience and prevent radicalization in at-risk communities.

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