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“He was the greatest crime fighter that ever lived…” Those who lived in Nairobi in the 1970s and 1980s will recollect the late Patrick David Shaw: a burley and intimidating police reservist who ruled the streets of Nairobi while also working full-time as an administrator at The Starehe Boys’ Centre. Author and filmmaker David Smith invites you to listen to a presentation and participate in a discussion on the legacy of this legendary yet controversial figure in Kenyan history.
Date and Time: Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Venue: Alliance Francaise Auditorium, Nairobi
Entry fee: 500 KSH
Signed and numbered event posters may be purchased for 500 KSH (Limit 200).
BIEA Seminar: Rain, Power, Sovereignty & The Materiality Of Signs In Southern Zimbabwe, Apr. 16 2014 @ BIEA / IFRA
Rain, Power, Sovereignty and The Materiality Of Signs In Southern Zimbabwe
Date: Wednesday 16th April 2014
Venue: British Institute in Eastern Africa, Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa, Nairobi
Time: 11.00 am
Entry: Prior RSVP. For more information please contact email@example.com or call +254 735 260 004
Seminar by: Joost Fontein, University of Edinburgh
Chair: Sinoxolo Neo Musangi, British Institute in Eastern Africa
In 2010 a government meteorologist revealed that for much of the last decade, the Zimbabwean weather forecast had been censored on a daily basis by agents of the President’s Office. ‘This information’ he said ‘was seen as sensitive’. What this ‘sensitivity’ amounts to is the subject of this paper. It is hard to make sense of the government’s impulse to censor the weather forecast in the 2000s without reference to the localized re-configurations of authority over land and ‘re-making’ of the state that fast track land reform provoked. To the extent that fast track offered new opportunities for the realization of a diversity of localised aspirations and imagined futures that turned on access to land and fertile soils in divergent ways, the recurrent droughts and failing harvests of the early 2000s were politically significant because they called into question the legitimacy of land reform, and the broader ‘thirdchimurenga’ project constituted around it. But across Zimbabwe, and the region, rainfall and drought have long been measures of contested political legitimacy in more complex ways not limited to the politics of food, famine and agricultural production. In southern Zimbabwe, this is true not just for spirit mediums, chiefs and other ‘traditionalist’ authorities for whom rainmaking practices are well-established means of demonstrating ‘autochthony’, sovereignty and legitimacy, but also for war veterans, new farmers, government technocrats and others involved in land reform during the 2000s. This is what I examine here. Whilst I focus particularly on rainmaking practices, encounters with njuzu water spirits, and national biras that took place in the 2005-6 when research was carried out, the larger point I pursue is that water acts as an index of power – of the entangled but contested play of legitimacy and sovereignty – across many different registers of meaning and regimes of rule. In making this argument I engage with Keane (2003; 2005) and Engelke’s elaboration of Peirce’s theory of signs (1955), and build upon others (James 1972; Jedrej 1992) who have long argued that rainmaking ‘traditions’ across eastern, central and southern Africa are less a form of applied meteorology and more an idiom of politics and power, in order to argue that they are necessarily both at the same time.
On Friday 4 April 2014 the Somali Red Crescent and the British Red Cross will launch their case study “Principles in Action in Somalia” at an event hosted by the Nairobi Forum of the Rift Valley Institute.
Date: April 4, 2014
Venue: Seminar Room | RVI Office – Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa
Time: 10 am – 12:30 pm
The study examines the importance of the Fundamental Principles of the International Movement of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, first agreed in 1965, in the current humanitarian environment in Somalia. The study analyses the operational relevance and challenges associated with applying these principles.
The panel will comprise Dr Ahmed Hassan, President of the Somali Red Crescent Society, and Jane Backhurst, from the Humanitarian Policy Department of the British Red Cross. The meeting will be chaired by Dr Abbas Gullet, Secretary General of the Kenya Red Cross Society and Vice President, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies for Africa.
Entrance is by prior registration only. Register here.
See poster for details and please note the change of location from our usual meeting venue at Shalom House.
Due to limited space, registration through this link is a prerequisite>> http://bit.ly/1fCyhcW.
Please register to avoid being turned away.
Caught the entrepreneurship bug? Interested in meeting like-minded people? Join us at 88 mph, 4th Floor, Piedmont Plaza, Ngong Rd for an evening of informal conversation with our guest entrepreneurs on their challenges, triumphs, and lessons learnt from their start up experiences. We shall swap war stories and bask in the ingenuity of the creative spirit.
Martin Nielsen – Co – Founder Mdundo
Muthoni Ndonga – Founder Blankets & Wine
Odanga Madung & Sameer Ahmed – Founders Odipo Dev
After the conversation, hang back and mingle with some of the best and brightest of today’s innovators.
Mindspeak: Aly-Khan Satchu Hosts the Sec. Gen. of the EAC Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera, Mar. 29 2014 @ Inter Continental
About Dr. Richard Sezibera
Appointed as Secretary General of the East African Community in April 19, 2011 by the summit of the East African Community for a five-year term. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Sezibera served as Minister of Health of the Republic of Rwanda (October 2008 – April 2011).
Dr. Sezibera graduated with Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees. He also has a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University.
Dr. Sezibera has authored in the field of politics and international affairs and has been published in many reputable journals.
This will be Dr. Richard Sezibera’s second appearance on Mindspeak forum
KMS Lecture: Natural Cultural Sites in Kenya, Mar. 29 2014 @ Louis Leakey Auditorium – National Museum
Do you know what cultural or sacred sites are? Do you know where they are in Kenya? Do know their value and the challenges facing the kaya forests and other sites as Kenya’s?
All Kenya’s ethnic groups recognized ‘special places’ in their landscapes, places where the normal daily activities of farming, herding or hunting were forbidden or strictly controlled. Such places might be trees, forests, rock outcrops, hills or mountains, and they are often referred to as ‘natural sacred sites’ or ‘natural cultural sites’. Their meanings related to indigenous religions, or locations where ‘first settlement’ by the ancestors of a particular ethnic group occurred, or sites for particular community meetings and rituals.
After the imposition of colonial rule, many cultural sites were destroyed or degraded, but others have survived and are now the focus of conservation efforts by a wide range of stakeholders, from local community members to national and international NGOs and transnational organizations.
To find out the answers to these questions and how cultural forests, rocks and hills can survive in increasingly intensively developed landscapes, you are invited to this intriguing and captivating talk by Dr. Celia Nyamweru, who has been studying Kenya’s natural cultural sites for nearly 20 years, in particular the kaya forests of the Kenya coast.
Refreshments 3.15pm Starts 4:00 pm
Donation: Ksh 400 KMS member
Ksh 500 Guest
Ksh 200 Citizen & Student
Tickets: 0724 255299, 2339158 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mpesa no: 400800, Account no: 6571570019
Find more info on Dr. Celia Nyamweru’s Lecture Poster
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
Find more info here
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
For more information please contact email@example.com or call +254 20 815 5186
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