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June 2014 - Newsletter

Kenya’s Security Dilemma - AfriCOG holds public forum

On Friday 9 May AfriCOG convened a public dialogue forum at the Hilton Hotel Nairobi to discuss the current government response to the escalating insecurity in the country. The gist of that response appears to have little respect for human rights. It includes indiscriminate arrests and deportations, particularly related to the Somali community, the nyumba kumi community policing, and a shoot to kill policy. The forum was timely, with sustained incidences of insecurity across the country, including explosions on the Thika super highway just six days before, killing two people and injuring over 50. (Since the forum, explosive devices at Gikomba market in Nairobi have taken 12 more Kenyan lives.)

AfriCOG Investigative Journalism Fellowship Programme 2014 - Call for Applications

  • Are you a talented full-time or freelance journalist in print, online or broadcast media?
  • Do you have a keen interest in investigative journalism?
  • Do you have a story idea inclined towards a particular area of anti-corruption and good governance that you have always wanted to pursue?
  • Are you looking for support for your investigativestory (stories)?

If your answer to all the above is YES, Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG) offers qualified
journalists financial, logistical and advisory support to facilitate their investigation of chosen topical
public interest story whose focus is on governance and anti-corruption reform in the management of
the country’s public and economic affairs. In return, we expect that at the end of the fellowship, you
as the successful fellow, will produce and publish a compelling public interest story (stories) through
print, online and/or broadcast media.

Download the 2014 application form from here

AfriCOG-KPTJ Elections 2013 Compendium

AfriCOG-KPTJ Elections 2013 Compendium

On March 4, 2014 Kenya conducted a general election, which was historic for several reasons. It was the first general election since the promulgation of the new Constitution in 2010; and it was the first election in which voters would choose candidates for six positions each, the majority of which were newly created by the Constitution. The 2013 elections also ushered in a devolved system of government. Against the background of the 2007 elections that ended in the disaster of the 2008 postelection violence, concern was high that a repeat be avoided.