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, including student organizations, youth bunges, the local private sector and religious groups in Kisumu, Nakuru, Nandi and Nairobi counties to ensure that youth and communities were strengthened to remain resilient to political manipulation to ensure a peaceful election.
PeaceTech Lab served as the technology partner on the project by implementing an SMS platform in all four counties. The SMS platform served as an early warning and response system through which communities could 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 key terminology used to propagate hate against individuals, candidates and communities. Our monitoring and analysis assisted verified response hubs and security officials in understanding how to respond to election-related 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.