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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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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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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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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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 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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Internationally Recognized Experts Join Sentinel Advisory Council

February 10, 2015 |

The Sentinel Project is pleased to announce the expansion of our advisory board. Patrick Meier is the Director of Social Innovation at Qatar Computing Research Institute and a luminary and leader in the application of new technologies for crisis-mapping, early warning, humanitarian response and resilience.  Patrick is working with the Sentinel Project’s Humanitarian UAV (Unmanned Aerial…

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