PeaceTech Lab Africa
the Lab's Nairobi-based office, PEacetech Lab Africa works 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.
PeaceTech Lab Africa works to provide a platform for youth voices through peacemedia. 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. 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.
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.
Researching the Language of Violent Extremism in Kenya
In partnership with Wasafiri Consulting and with funding from DAI, PeaceTech Lab identified, monitored, and 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 Extremism on Social Media. The project, published in May 2018, ensures that rigorous research around online violent extremism informs locally-driven, participatory initiatives that can build resilience and prevent radicalization in at-risk communities.