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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Securing the Delta: An Analysis of Rumour Propagation in Tana Delta

December 1, 2015 |

Numerous explanations have been proposed for the spread of misinformation in the world. The most common of these rumours are inaccurate or incomplete information or for vested interest. Kenya’s Tana Delta is a region rife with rumours and in the past two years Una Hakika has been mapping and countering misinformation that contributes to violence…

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Violence Prevention From the Ground Up

September 30, 2015 |

  An interview with Drew Boyd, Director of Operations at the Sentinel Project How has Una Hakika worked with authorities to prevent the spread of rumours that may lead to violence? Drew: Una Hakika set out from the very beginning to plug into as many different and varied groups as possible and local authorities were…

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The Practice of Dispelling Rumours in Tana Delta

August 17, 2015 |

The question of the role of rumours in conflict begs an understanding into their construction, channels of distribution, their velocity, and their believability in the minds of local communities. True to any multi-ethnic community in Kenya, rumours are key in determining peace and stability. Tana River County presents a very unique case of bipolarity with…

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Youth Preventing Violence

June 1, 2015 |

    An interview with Una Hakika community ambassador Kode Komora   What are the lasting effects of violence in the Tana Delta? I think that ethnic hatred has led to unfair job distribution, based on which tribe is in power.  Unstable political development agendas are another effect, as now people have come to know…

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The Una Hakika Forum

April 28, 2015 |

  The Una Hakika forum was held on 14th April at iHub in Nairobi. The forum’s intent was to inform stakeholders of  Una Hakika’s one year journey from its  birth and implementation to challenges faced and future plans. One year down the road we have covered 16 villages, have a total of 193 ambassadors and…

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Drones for Peace and Protection

April 17, 2015 |

An interview with the Sentinel Project’s Director of Operations Drew Boyd. We’re used to hearing about drones as agents of death, that since their inception they have often been used for the purpose of violence. Why should people be convinced otherwise? Technology has no moral compass, it is not inherently good or evil. Civil society…

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Next Steps for Una Hakika

April 8, 2015 |

An interview with Una Hakika Project Coordinator John Green   How has Una Hakika grown in the last year? Looking back at the progression of Una Hakika from a simple idea of reporting incendiary rumours in Tana Delta to a full-fledged violence prevention project is a growth worth concession. I am thrilled to see the…

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The Attack That Never Was: A firsthand case for expanding Una Hakika and using UAVs

April 1, 2015 |

One of my goals during our latest visit to the Tana Delta was to take a break from our usual routine of meetings, village visits, training sessions, and long hours on the road in order to simply observe Una Hakika in action. It seemed like a great opportunity to watch as rumour reports came in…

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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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