Una Hakika: Looking Ahead

November 7, 2018 |

Last week we looked back at Una Hakika’s beginnings in an interview with the Sentinel Project’s executive director, Christopher Tuckwood. Continuing the reflective conversation, we now look to the future of the project and the universal applicability of the lessons learned from it.   How will the Una Hakika project end and be handed over…

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Una Hakika: Looking Back

October 31, 2018 |

This year we celebrated the Sentinel Project’s tenth anniversary and this has inspired lots of both looking back and looking ahead. In this first instalment of a two-part interview, executive director Christopher Tuckwood reflects on the early days of Una Hakika and all of the challenges the project has overcome.   Looking back to that first…

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Congolese community workers viewed with suspicion by militants

Armed men in the brush in Masisi

August 4, 2018 |

The Kijiji Cha Amani project’s community ambassadors face the risk of kidnap and violence while striving to reconcile communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Rumours, so-called “fake news,” and scarce reliable information have created confusion and mistrust in the region, driving violence between various factions and human rights abuses against civilians. Kijiji Cha…

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Peacebuilding Radio: Amani FM Throughout the Kenyan Elections

October 25, 2017 |

Amani FM was established in Tana River County, Eastern Kenya, in the weeks prior to the 2017 August general elections. The key objective of this initiative was promoting peace and tolerance throughout the elections in a region historically known to have deeply divided rivalry. In the 2012-2013 election period inter-communal violence led to the loss…

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Call for participation: Research on drone policy for development and humanitarianism

September 9, 2017 |

Call for participation: The Sentinel Project has launched a new research project focused on the use of drones for development and humanitarianism in the Global South. We’re looking for people and organizations working with this technology around the world to participate in interviews about your ideas and experiences. See the bottom of this post for…

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Tune into Tana: On the air with Amani FM

September 4, 2017 |

The Una Hakika rumour management system has long been a core part of the Sentinel Project’s work in Kenya. Seeing the negative effects of false information led us to create this mobile phone-based information service but also highlighted the need for other types of media in places like Tana Delta, where our work began. When…

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Chasing Wind Part 2: The Potential of Drones for Peacebuilding

August 9, 2017 |

(Continued from Part 1) With all of this in our basket and realising the project’s limitations as a team, we started discussing ways to enhance the existing technology used in our work. This led us to realise the great potential in the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) to bolster the existing Una…

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Chasing Wind Part 1: Rumour Investigation in Kenya

August 4, 2017 |

As the twilight begins in a Tana Delta village, someone awakes and steps outside to answer the call of nature. She stops, then turns to run back to her hut, panting and trembling. “I have seen them. Three armed men are crossing our village.” Those few words ignite like wildfire and before long the whole…

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Sentinel Project In Iraq

July 12, 2017 |

The Sentinel Project has begun operations in Northern Iraq, focusing on violence prevention and mitigation efforts, addressing urgent humanitarian needs, and documenting the crimes perpetrated by armed actors in the region. A Sentinel team is on the ground to develop the programming in coordination with local community-based organizations in Erbil, Mosul and Sinjar district.  The…

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Help Make Humanitarian Drones a Reality

May 23, 2017 |

In 2014, the Sentinel Project launched “Sarus,” its humanitarian aerospace initiative, with plans to deploy “humanitarian drones” in conflict zones around the world. Humanitarian aerospace is one of the cutting edge fields in which the Sentinel Project operates and we now asks for your help through donations to further expand our unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)…

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