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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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Hate In Every Language: We Need Your Help

October 26, 2018 |

  Do you speak multiple languages and want to help build a more hate-resistant world? If you answered “yes” then we need your help with improving our ability to monitor hate speech around the world. We need native speakers of various languages (see below) to volunteer as little as one hour of their time helping…

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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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