Posts filed under ‘debate’
What makes us hold some people in high regard – and what makes us deny others the same? How do we act towards those we honour – and what makes us decide whether to look up to people or not? Are all people worthy of respect?
The Nest’s second Rewind Fast Forward event explores the instinct, contention and actions behind how we decide to treat people, focusing on where they come from and what they do.
Join the forum theater moderator Dr. Njoki Ngumi and the cast of Maggie Karanja, Millicent Ogutu, Olwenya Maina and Sam Psenjen on Saturday 15th from 2pm – 5pm and have your say!
Date: Wednesday March 5, 2014
Venue: Pawa 254 Hub
Time: 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Entry: RSVP here
Kenyans are excited by the discovery of oil in Turkana, the cradle of mankind, because of oil’s potential to accelerate economic growth in the country. But not everyone is as enthusiastic about the oil discovery. The biggest, unresolved issue in the country of Turkana is water, which has led to some of the world’s first climate wars.
Ekal a Turkana warrior living in Todonyang, on the border of the Kenya and Ethiopia, carries a gun wherever he goes, as his community is constantly fighting over water and grazing lands with the Daasnach tribe from Ethiopia. Access to clean water is also a pressing concern for residents living near the oil sites in Nakuklas.
With increasing climate change, as a result of our reliance on oil to drive industry, water could soon become the new oil in terms of importance and conflict
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The State of Female Justice in Kenya presented by One Billion Rising Kenya
Date: March 7, 2014
Venue: Alliance Française Auditorium
One billion rising is an all-inclusive, non partisan group working to address impunity and the lack of accountability as significant factors in the perpetuation of violence against women.
This Forum will focus attention on issues of justice for survivors of gender violence and how to end the rampant impunity. One Billion Rising is motivated by the belief that the justice system affects citizens’ lives in a multitude of ways and that the contributions of an engaged populace are necessary for a strong community.
Rewind Fast Forward – our forum theatre project moderated by Dr. Njoki Ngumi – returns this Saturday February 22nd, 2pm – 5pm at the NEST with “Money”. How do you negotiate for better pay or get what you are owed?
Join our amazing interactive theatre cast of Maina Olwenya, Millicent Ogutu and Sam Psenjen in exploring these conflict-prone zones, oppressive components and politics of paying and getting paid.
Entry is free!
IFRA Conference: Global History & Africa – Swahili Epic in a Global Context, Feb. 17 2014 @ IFRA/BIEA
Presentations by Carla Bocchetti – Swahili Poetry and Stone Town Architecture, Researcher IFRA and Clarissa Vierke – Facing both ways: Swahili Poetry and the Construction of a Coastal Swahili Identity, Moi University/Bayreuth University.
Discussant: Susan Mwangi – Kenyatta University
This February 20th, 2-5pm at Shalom House, Craft Afrika will be talking all about craft fairs with the names behind the best of them in Nairobi:
- Kealleigh Bell- Ngong Racecourse Christmas Fair
- Caroline Mbindyo- Bizarre Bazaar Craft Festival
- Lynette Anderson- Nairobi Fashion Market
- Claire Niala- Waldorf Eco Fair
Take a break from work and come through to the ONLY such networking forum for crafters! Share ideas and information, exchange resources and learn from the best in the craft fair business.
PLUS we are giving you an opportunity to show and tell. If you have a product that you would like to get feedback on- this is your chance! Indeed, given how busy these four ladies are, this is an opportunity you DO NOT want to miss.
Register here for free
Mobile East Africa, the East African edition of the most progressive and interactive mobile focused events in Sub-Saharan Africa, is primed to once again be the leading mobile focused conference in the region this year.
The event will feature the very best local and international speakers from organisations including IBM, Safaricom, Jumia Kenya, iHub, Virtual City, FrontlineSMS, Praekelt, SAP and Airtel.
World-renowned mobile expert Tomi Ahonen will deliver a special address during the main conference, as well as a dedicated full-day workshop on Friday, February 14th.
Dates: 12th – 14th February 2014
Time: 9am to 5pm daily
Venue: Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi, Kenya
Vist their Website for more information
Science Café: Water in Heritage & Sustainable Natural Resource Management in Marsabit County, Feb. 5 2014 @ Alliance Française
Screening and presentation of the documentary ‘Conflict over water in the Singing Wells’ by Christine Adongo and Benoît Hazard, researchers from the Kenyatta University and the School for Advanced Studies in Social Science (EHESS), will precede discussions on natural resource management in Northern Kenya. Experts from the French Agency for Development and UNESCO will share information on the biodiversity conservation project in Northern Kenya as well as the hopes and challenges associated with the recent discovery of water aquifers in Turkana.
A representative from the Marsabit County Executive Committee for Water, Environment and Natural Resources will present their vision on social services development in Marsabit.
Somalia’s Puntland State: What Next?
Date: Friday 7 February 2014
Venue: BIEA Seminar Room, Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa
Time: 10am – 12pm
Entry: RSVP here
On 8 January 2014 the parliament of Puntland elected its fourth president since the semi-autonomous state of Somalia was created in 1998. In a closely contested election run-off, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas, a former Prime Minister of Somalia, beat incumbent President Abdirahman Sheikh Mohamed Farole by a one-vote margin.
The transition of power was peaceful, but the new president and his cabinet have to contend with a number of pressing challenges. These include competing clan interests, relations with the Federal Government of Somalia and with the secessionist state of Somaliland, as well as security, humanitarian and development issues. At this meeting of the Nairobi Forum, speakers will share their insights on Puntland’s future.
Confirmed speakers include Mohamed Jama Waldo of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD Centre), Dr Cedric Barnes of the International Crisis Group (ICG), Adam Jama Shirwa of the International Development Law Organisation (IDLO) and Safiya Abdullahi Yusuf of the Puntland Diaspora Forum.
The BIEA in Collaboration with The National Museums Of Kenya Joint Seminar: Digital Kitambo—Taking the Past into the Future at the National Museum with Dr. David K. Wright and Kristina Dziedzic Wright.
Chair: Dr. Edward Pollard, British Institute in Eastern Africa
Date: Thursday, 30 January 2014
Time: 02.00 pm
Venue: The National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi
Lake Turkana has long been recognized as a critical incubator of human cultural evolution. Although much attention has justifiably been placed on researching the nature of our early hominin ancestors, the region also hosts a rich record of fishing and early cattle herding cultures as well. Due to the long and storied traditions of archaeological research near Lake Turkana, a rich collection has been accumulated in the Nairobi National Museum. However, legacy archives need to be digitally curated and integrated into computer databases as the pace of archaeological research in Kenya accelerates. The “Digital Kitambo” project has begun developing an integrated archaeological database using early food producers of northern Kenya to develop the template for future digitization efforts within the museum. The project involves conversion of analogue collections into a relational database, photographing archaeological artifacts and creating 3-dimensional scans of selected artifacts. The Nairobi National Museum hosts one of the deepest records of the human past in the world, but will lead the way into the future in access and usability of collections databases.
Dr. David K. Wright
David K. Wright is Assistant Professor of African Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology and Art History at Seoul National University in South Korea. Dr. Wright is a geoarchaeologist with specialties in human-environment interactions, sedimentology, evolutionary archaeology and prehistoric African cultures. He has conducted research in eastern Africa and the American Midwest, Plains, and Southwest. He is co-PI on the Malawi Early and Middle Stone Age Project (MEMSAP) studying the behavioral transitions in hominids and early modern humans in northern Malawi. Dr. Wright also conducts research near Lake Turkana, Kenya and in the Mandera Mountains, Cameroon on human adaptations to Holocene environmental change and is the lead PI on a project in the middle Gila River Valley, Arizona called “The Archaeology of Dust.”
Kristina Dziedzic Wright
Kristina Dziedzic Wright teaches art history and writing at Seoul National University in South Korea, and works as a freelance curator. She is the author of Art, Culture, and Tourism on an Indian Ocean Island: An Ethnographic Study of Jua Kali Artists in Lamu, Kenya (2009) and recently co-curated the exhibit Sanaa ya Makaratasi (African Paper Art): Process, Substance and Environment at the Nairobi National Museum. Her academic research ranges from informal sector art and cultural commoditization in Africa to media art and the international biennale phenomenon. Over the last ten years, she has participated in a number of archival and digitization projects for the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission in Illinois, USA
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Kenya’s Songs of Protest: Documentary & CD Compilation Preview Concert, Jan. 31 2014 @ Alliance Française
Performance by: Just a Band, Sarabi, Eric Wainaina and Makadem
Hosted by: John Sibi-Okumu
Debate: Kenya beyond 50 – Devolution: Problem or Answer in Kenya? Jan. 29 2014 @ Alliance Française Auditorium
Kenya beyond 50: DEVOLUTION: PROBLEM OR ANSWER IN KENYA?
Following countrywide festivities to mark its jubilee anniversary of independence, it is now time to contemplate ‘Kenya beyond 50.’ As we begin 2014, the debate around the effective implementation of the 2010 Constitution continues to be in full swing.
The Katiba Institute (KI) is well placed to contribute to the national discussion as its stated mandate is to enhance the implementation and the realization of constitutional objectives through research, education, litigation and encouragement of public participation.
The panel of experts and decision makers to discuss the impact of the devolution of government, in particular, will include Professor Yash Pal Ghai, the former chairperson of the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission. The discussion will be moderated by, John Sibi-Okumu, journalist and broadcaster.
Are the objects of devolution to ensure a more inclusive form of governance, closer to the people, that would lead to fair and equitable development for ‘Wanjiku’ being achieved?
Lecture: Origins of Political Order by Prof. Francis Fukuyama, Jan. 22 2014 @ Strathmore Business School
Prof. Francis Fukuyama, one of the World’s Top 100 Thinkers and political scientist who has been referred to as one of the leading public intellectuals of our time will deliver a lecture based on his most recent book, ‘The Origins of Political Order,’ at Strathmore Business School on Wednesday, 22nd January 2013 from 5:30pm.
The lecture will provide a sweeping account of how today’s basic political institutions were developed and why we continue to live in a world where democracy, prosperity and law and order are unevenly distributed. Prof. Fukuyama will concentrate on the problem of democratic order and will seek to address the reason why some societies have gone down the democratic route to stability while others have remained stuck with autocracy.
The lecture which has been organized by the Strathmore Business School’s Center for Public Policy and Competitiveness in collaboration with the Leadership Academy of Development, an affiliate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced and International Studies will further explore the provenance of three basic political institutions – the state, the rule of law, and accountability – that constitute the basis for modern government.
Find more information about the lecture here
9am – 12pm ǀ Friday 17 January 2014 ǀ Amani Room ǀ The Serena Hotel
Private sector development is crucial to generating employment, stimulating livelihoods, and the provision of basic services in Somalia. Nevertheless, Somalia remains a challenging environment for most Somali and foreign investors.
An analysis of market potentials and business strategy, and an understanding of local business practice is necessary. This meeting, organised by HanVard Africa and the Nairobi Forum of the Rift Valley Institute, will examine the opportunities and challenges of private sector development in Somalia. It will discuss opportunities for national and international investors in manufacturing and in key sectors such as oil, gas, construction, agricultural production, livestock, fisheries and banking.
The speakers are drawn from the private sector, government, and the donor and diplomatic communities.
Jonathan Brooks, UNDP PREP Director
Luca Alinovi, FAO Regional Director
Shirwa Jama, IDLO Somalia Country Director
Hassan Noor, HanVard Africa, CEO
Davis and Shirtliff
Entrance is by prior registration only. Register here.
Nairobi Forum: South Sudan Is Peace Possible? Voices from Civil Society, Jan. 10 2014 @ Louis Leakey Auditorium
Date: Friday 10 January 2014
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museum of Kenya
Time: 6 – 8pm
Entry: Prior RSVP
Panelists : Jok Madut Jok – Sudd Institute, David Deng- South Sudan Law Society, Leben Moro – Centre for Peace and Development Studies, University of Juba and Don Bosco Malish – Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa
Thousands have died and hundreds of thousands have been displaced as a result of the political crisis in South Sudan. Armed conflict continues as peace talks between government and opposition begin in Addis Ababa.
Leading South Sudanese civil society institutions have come together in Nairobi to sponsor discussion of the current situation, its historical origins and the prospects for a peaceful resolution.
The meeting is organised by the Rift Valley Institute’s Nairobi Forum and supported by the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa.
Mindspeak: The challenges facing Kenya & Africa by IMF MD Christine Lagarde, Jan. 6 2013 @ Inter-Con Nairobi
Chief Guest: International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde
Co-hosted by Aly – Khan Satchu and Vimal Shah
Aly-Khan Satchu’s #Mindspeak Co-hosted with Vimal Shah: Guest IMF MD Christine Lagarde, Jan. 6 2013 @ Inter-Con Nairobi
Chief Guest: International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde
Aly-Khan Satchu is the CEO of RICH.CO.KE and convenor of mindspeak.
Prominent guests to grace mindspeak sessions in the past include sitting African heads of state [HE Paul Kagame & HE Yoweri Kaguta Museveni], European Ministers [HE Didier Reynders – Belgian Deputy Premier and Minister of Foreign Affairs & Ms. Lilianne Ploumen – Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Co-operation of the Netherlands] and industry captains.
Essential reads on M/s Christine Lagarde: The Guardian’s Christine Lagarde: can the head of the IMF save the euro? by Decca Aitkenhead
Nairobi Forum: ‘Other’ Kenya – Conversation w/ AlJazeera’ Mohammed Adow, Dec. 18 2013 @ KICC – Aberdares Room
Date: December 18, 2013
Venue: KICC Aberdares Room, Harambee Ave
Time: 6 – 8:30 pm
Entry: Prior RSVP here
Mohammed Adow’s documentary, Not Yet Kenyan, which aired on Al Jazeera English Channel on 14 November this year brought to the fore the divide in Kenyan society, revealing a history of institutionalised discrimination against ethnic Somalis of North Eastern Kenya since independence.
Born and raised in Garissa County of northeast Kenya, Mohammed Adow has lived through and witnessed at first hand the political and economic marginalisation of this part of Kenya. For Not Yet Kenyan he went back to see how the region and its people had survived and started to prosper, only to find that Kenya’s intervention in Somalia and the actions of al-Shabaab are threatening to throw the region into turmoil.
Event while we celebrate Kenya at 50
During this meeting organised by the RVI Nairobi Forum, Gabriel Gatehouse of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) will talk with fellow journalist Mohammed Adow about his experiences and the story behind this documentary. Dr Ekuru Aukot, a Constitutional Lawyer, who hails from Turkana in northwest Kenya will discuss the issues raised by Adow.
Mohammed Adow, Al Jazeera English
Gabriel Gatehouse, BBC
Dr Ekuru Aukot, Constitutional Lawyer
Argwings Odera runs the investigative blog informkenya.wordpress.com. It is in this blog you will find some great insights into the Westgate Mall tragedy.
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Does translation open up new frontiers for art or does it lead to the loss of context and the purity of the work? Join 16 poets, spoken word and rappers from the SPOKEN WOR:L:DS project (that draws artists from Nairobi and Berlin) as they discover and debate the joys and challenges of translation and the translatability of lyrics. They shall also share their experiences of the project as well as subsequent performances. Rappers, Poets, Spoken Word artists are very welcome to present their work during the open stage segment. (Please register through email@example.com or at Goethe Institut by Wednesday, November 13th between 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.) Karibuni nyote!
SPOKEN WOR:L:DS – lyrical performance between Nairobi and Berlin – is an international literature exchange project between artists from both cities, focusing on contemporary performance poetry.
It takes up impulses of Poetry, Spoken Word, Slam Poetry and Rap, which are art forms that mix literature, music, dance, and visual arts. Eight artists from Berlin, including Josefine Berkholz, Diamondog, Erko, Christian Filips, Josh, LMNZ, Madog, Sabine Scho will meet the following artists from Nairobi: Checkmate, L-Ness, Ogutu Muraya, Wanjiku Mwaurah, Namatsi, Sitawa Namwalie, Octopizzo, and Poetic B.
The project takes place in Nairobi November , 9th – 15th 2013 and in 5th – 12th April 2014 in Berlin.
SPOKEN WOR:L:DS is a project by Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, Maono Cultural Group and Kwani Trust in cooperation with Goethe-Institut Kenya. It is funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung and supported by Goethe-Institut, Auswärtiges Amt, and Gangway e.V. The project’s media partner is AfricAvenir.
Adults are invited to attend.
Somalia CEWERU Conflict Assessment
Date: Thursday 7 November 2013
Venue: BIEA Seminar Room, Kileleshwa
Time: 10am – 12pm
Entrance is by prior registration only. Register here.
Panellists: Osman Moallim – Somalia CEWERU Country Coordinator, Ali Ahmed – Consultant, Paul Simkin – Conflict Dynamics International
The Somalia Conflict Early Response Unit is pleased to announce the launch of their conflict assessment of Gedo, Middle Juba, Lower Juba, and Lower Shabelle: From the Bottom up: Southern Regions – Perspectives through conflict analysis and key political actor’s mapping of Gedo, Middle Juba, Lower Juba, and Lower Shabelle.
The purpose of this conflict assessment was to improve understanding of the conflicts in southern Somalia, and to contribute to stabilization and better reconstruction, local governance and development assistance. The report identifies key conflict hot spots and issues and the views of key political actors. As regions in southern Somalia emerge from al Shabaab control old grievances and tensions may re-emerge. The report examines historical, current and potential future conflict. The report therefore provides vital information for any person or institution wishing to promote peace in these regions.
The meeting will also hear a short presentation on options for political accommodation within Somalia presented by Conflict Dynamics international.
A Counter History of the Internets by Sylvain Bergère, produced by ARTE 2013, 52min on the occasion of the Canal France Internationale 4M Forum; followed by a cocktail-reception
Date: November 4, 2013
Venue: Alliance Francaise
Time: 6 pm
A look at the emergence of Internet freedom defense movements that have sprung up in reaction to growing regulation of the Web by governments and multinationals.Internet was created by hippies while being funded by the military! This improbable culture shock gave birth to an area of freedom that was impossible to censor or control. Yet for years, that is precisely what a certain number of political leaders have sought to do, prompting hackers and defenders of freedom to enter the political arena
API Policy Forum: Which way Transitional Justice in Africa – Restoration or Retribution? Nov. 7 2013 @ Laico Regency
The Africa Policy Institute (API) wishes to invite you to a Policy Forum on Africa’s experience with transitional justice that will take place on Thursday, 7th November 2013 between 0830-1230 hrs at The Laico Regency Hotel, Nairobi.
Two developments have drawn approaches to transitional justice in Kenya into sharp focus. First is the release in May 2013 of the report by the Kenyan Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC); second is the on-going stand-off between the African Union and the International Criminal Court over what is viewed as a retributive approach likely to expose African states to further insecurity in Africa.
The main aim of this and subsequent forums is to provide a forum for robust intellectual and policy debate on transitional justice with the hope of developing a clear and home grown roadmap for tackling past injustices while reconciling, stabilizing and healing victims, communities and societies affected by conflict and consolidating democratic governance.
These high-level policy forums bring together high-ranking governmental experts, practitioners and thinkers on transitional justice in think-tanks, academy, media and civil society.
Please call API with any questions or comments you may have about this event at +254 202 014 260 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm participation.
Kofi Awoonor Tribute Lecture
11.00am – 12.15pm| Louis leakey Auditorium
Founding editor of Kwani?, Caine Prize Winner and author of ‘One Day I Will Write About This Place’, Binyavanga Wainaina honours the late great Ghanaian Writer, Kofi Awoonor.
In Partnership with Kwani Trust
Community Policing and Online Activism: Am I My Brother’s Keeper?
11.00am – 12.15pm|Ampitheatre
Kenya: We are one… or are we? Join this engaging discussion on communities’ reactions and its effects on cohesion, segregation and shaping identity. How much have you done or given to secure the welfare of your community?
In Partnership with UP Magazine
Blogging In Kenya
12.45- 2.30pm|Louis Leakey Auditorium
Join David Mugo (BAKE Kenyan Blog of the Year: niaje.com), Njeri Wangari (POWO and kenyanpoet.com),Jackson Biko (BAKE Creative Writing Winner: bikozulu.co.ke) and Emmie Kio (Tracking The Agricultural Scent: http://emmiekio.blogspot.com) as they talk to Robert Kunga of the Bloggers’ Association of Kenya about their passions online and off.
In partnership with the Bloggers Association of Kenya
Real Life Events Inspire Fiction
12.45pm -2.00pm| Ampitheatre
Authors Kinyanjui Kombani (The Last Villains of Molo) and Richard Crompton (The Honey Guide) both set their novels against a backdrop of real life events – the Molo tribal clashes of 1992 and the electoral violence of 2007.
What are the issues and ethics of incorporating real-life events into fiction? How does reality work in a narrative context? And does there need to be a certain distance, in time or space, between the events described and the decision to create a work of fiction about them? Can novelists tell a greater truth about real events than journalists or historians are capable of? Or are they exploiting human tragedy for the sake of entertainment?
Disrupting Sanitised History: The ICC Witness Project
2.30pm – 3.45pm | Louis Leakey Auditorium
Powerful readings from ‘Their Justice Shall Be Our Justice: A Dialogue on the ICC Witness Project’, which originally appeared in The New Inquiry. The ICC Witness Project is a collaboration between Kenyan poets to imagine and amplify the voices of some of the missing witnesses for the ICC trial, to make sure the victims and survivors of the post-election violence that rocked Kenya in 2008 are not forgotten.
Mshai Mwangola with thanks to the New Inquiry
Drumbeats on Mobile
2:30pm – 3:45pm | Amphitheatre
Following the steamy launch of the Drumbeats Romance series at the Storymoja Hay Festival, where sexologist Getrude Mungai unveiled the secret territory before the point of no return… we invite you to join this second installation of Drumbeats on Mobile. Light the flame of East African love, and download Drumbeat stories on your mobile phone.
Art and Activism
4:15pm – 5:30pm | Louis Leakey Auditorium
Patrick Gathara is one of Kenya’s bravest cartoonists, whose blog is a must read – gathara.blogspot.com. He is joined by Kenyan performance scholar and renowned storyteller, Mshai Mwangola who is also the former chairperson of the Governing Council of the Kenya Cultural Centre in a discussion on transforming society through art.
2013/2014 Fire by Ten touring show
4:15pm – 5:30pm |Amphitheatre¬
The Th¬eatre Company’s exciting theatrical show is based on the thrills, temptations, desires and fears of Kenyan Athletes ‘Kimbia’ is a strong inter-disciplinary production that combines theatre, music, dance, and multimedia. Join Cajetan Boy, Joseph Murungu, Edward Nthiga, Joseph Gichinga and Ogutu Muraya- ¬The Th¬eatre Company’s Performance Lab