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A personal note: Ten years of the Sentinel Project

August 8, 2018 |

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the Sentinel Project’s official founding on 8 August 2008. The ten-year mark is definitely a notable milestone and a worthwhile occasion for a personal note as the organization’s executive director and one of its co-founders. A decade seems to hold special significance and offers an opportunity both to reflect…

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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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Lessons from the Commonwealth Digital Challenge

June 21, 2018 |

Earlier this year, Una Hakika project coordinator John Otunga was selected as the co-winner of the Commonwealth Digital Challenge operated by the Thomson Foundation with funding from the Elizabeth R Media Fund. The competition aimed to provide young and aspiring media managers from across the Commonwealth with skills and tools necessary for their organizations to…

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Hate speech is on the rise. We need your help.

May 23, 2018 |

Five years ago, we helped launch Hatebase, a tool which NGOs like the Sentinel Project use to monitor incidents of hate speech. Hate speech is a quantifiable, well recognized step that can lead to mass atrocities in conflict-torn countries.

Aspirations for and Obstacles to the Use of Humanitarian Drones

February 18, 2018 |

Humanitarian aerospace is one of the cutting-edge fields in which the Sentinel Project operates, through its subsidiary initiative Sarus Humanitarian Aerospace. Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and commonly called drones, can be widely used for peaceful, humanitarian, and environmental protection purposes. Making use of the technical abilities of drones enables…

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Volunteer with the Sentinel Project

February 2, 2018 |

As a small organization with limited resources, volunteers have always been critical to the Sentinel Project’s growth. Talented people donating their time, skills, and energy are helping us reach a brighter future. – Christopher Tuckwood, Executive Director of the Sentinel Project Volunteering can expand your horizons. Whether you’re interested in developing new skills or looking to…

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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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Ending Sexual Harassment Together

October 23, 2017 |

Sexual harassment exists everywhere in the world, but so does the determination to end it. HarassMap is an award-winning initiative in Egypt based on the idea that if more people start taking action when sexual harassment happens in their presence, we can end this epidemic together. HarassMap offers a reporting and mapping system for people…

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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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