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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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The Sentinel Project Launches New Initiative in North Kivu

May 12, 2017 |

Sentinel has launched a civilian protection pilot project in partnership with at-risk communities in the North Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).  Called Kijiji Cha Amani (Swahili for ‘peace village’), the project focuses on establishing safe zones for civilian populations, effective prevention measures, and violence mitigation.  Additionally, the project addresses the…

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Peace and Technology in Myanmar’s Royal City

April 10, 2017 |

Since 2015, the Sentinel Project has partnered with Burmese organizations to implement direct co-operation programs with at-risk communities.  One such initiative is Peaceful Truth, an effort to combat extremism and prevent the outbreak of violence in the city of Mandalay using new methods of communication, information verification, and outreach.  Serving more than 1.2 million residents,…

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The Gift of Certainty

April 3, 2017 |

Between August 2012 and January 2013, the Tana Delta area of eastern Kenya experienced a series of massacres between the Orma and Pokomo ethnic groups. The killings took the lives of an estimated 166 people and displaced tens of thousands from their homes. The violence impacted both the local economy as well as other ethnic…

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The Future of HarassMap

December 30, 2016 |

  HarassMap is a volunteer-based initiative whose mission is to engage Egyptian society in creating an environment that does not tolerate sexual harassment.  This is carried out by crowdsourcing SMS and online reports of sexual harassment and assault, and mapping them as a red dot on an online map, which serves as a point of…

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