Burundi and the Eurosha Open Source Database Program

August 10, 2015 |

Article Contributed by Ines Zebdi   What is Eurosha ? Eurosha is a European project launched to develop the techniques of Open Source Database and collaborative cartography for humanitarian purposes, using in particular the Open Street Map and Sahana tools. Sahana is a free database listing hospitals, shelters, organisations and associations, and humanitarian projects. This…

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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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Satellite Imagery for Humanitarian Purposes

October 14, 2014 |

Sentinel Project partners with Colorado-based non-profit Space United, allows supporters to directly contribute to ‘humanitarian aerospace’ goals. The public perception of satellite imagery often conjures up visions of high-tech military hardware or the cloak and dagger world of espionage and international intrigue.  But satellite imagery is a burgeoning field whose increasing economic accessibility offers unique…

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The Future of Una Hakika

February 14, 2014 |

In this interview Drew Boyd, the Sentinel Project’s Kenya Situation of Concern Team Lead, weighs in on rumour-spreading in the Tana Delta, emerging trends in our field research and aspirations for the future of Una Hakika. What were your expectations for the Una Hakika project in the Tana Delta? It has a lot of potential….

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Una Hakika: Insights from the Field

February 7, 2014 |

by John Green and Christine Mutisya After a long, eventful journey we finally reached the Tana Delta – Garsen town to be specific. As we are both from Nairobi, we experienced a drastic change in the climate, Garsen being very hot and dusty. The level of development, great network coverage and presence of people from…

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Una Hakika Baseline Survey: A Photo Essay

February 3, 2014 |

Yesterday Sentinel Project team members working on the Una Hakika project here in Kenya traveled to the village of Kipao to conduct a baseline survey to gain insight into the community members’ sources of information and assess their response to harmful misinformation such as rumours.      

The Tana Delta Peace Forum

January 31, 2014 |

Yesterday members of the Sentinel Project were invited to the Tana Delta Peace Forum held in the Maridhiano Hall in Minjila village, outside of Garsen. The Peace Forum is held once a month and is attended by NGO and government representatives from around the area, with Deputy County Commissioner Mike Kimoko serving as the chairman….

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Strategic Planning with iHub Research

January 27, 2014 |

This morning Canadian members of the Sentinel Project met with our new Kenyan staff members for a day-long orientation facilitated by our partners at iHub Research in Nairobi. iHub Research is a leader in technology research not only in Kenya but also all across Africa and will serve as the home institution for Una Hakika….

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Una Hakika? Are You Sure?

January 25, 2014 |

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. These killings have impacted both the local economy as well as other…

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Taking our first steps in the Tana Delta

November 29, 2013 |

Earlier this week, we returned from our first visit to Kenya since initiating the Tana Delta Misinformation Project last month. Abhishek, John, and I made a brief planning visit to get things started and I want to share a quick update with everyone following our progress. The goal of this trip was fairly straightforward as…

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