Early Warning and Response.
PeaceTech Lab 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, was designed to mitigate the risk of election-related violence in the lead up to, during, and immediately following the 2017 Kenya elections.
Together with Mercy Corps, the Lab supported the ongoing efforts of Kenyan civil society organizations across Kisumu, Nakuru, Nandi, and Nairobi counties to strengthen resiliency again political manipulation within youth and communities to ensure a peaceful election.
PeaceTech Lab served as the technology partner on the project by implementing an SMS platform in all four counties that served as an early warning and response system for communities to report cases of election-related tension, rumors, hate speech, and brewing violence. The Lab worked with community leaders to develop targeted peace messaging via SMS to respond to early warning messages in areas that were most at-risk for violence.
PeaceTech Lab also monitored the use of hateful language on social media by analyzing and contextualizing terms used to promote hate against individuals, candidates, and communities. Our monitoring and analysis assisted verified response hubs and security officials in understanding how to respond to hate speech on social media.
Kenya Electoral Timeline.
PeaceTech Lab tracked potential violence-triggering events throughout Kenya's election season to provide an effective response to identified conflict hot spots.