Strengthening Democratic Governance through ICTs : Post Election Reconstruction in Kenya

Kenya's failure to create and maintain the momentum of reform has had several consequences, culminating in the disputed general elections of December 2007. International concern over the breakdown of law and order during the crisis led the African Union (AU) in consultation with the United Nations to send former UN Secretary General Dr Kofi Annan to mediate the situation. Following extensive consultation, four agenda items were agreed upon and formed the basis of the National Peace Accord. Key among these was agenda item 4, which emphasized the need to address longstanding governance reforms and historical injustices. These governance reforms are so central to Kenya's future stability that if they are not implemented, it is possible that the country will experience another violent conflict and possibly further fragmentation.

This project will endeavor to promote citizen engagement in the demand for reform through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs), including electronic media (television, radio), print media, Internet-based social networking tools and mobile phones through text messaging (SMS). Researchers will identify gaps in media coverage of proposed governance reforms; identify gaps in citizens' understanding of governance reform; create a platform for dialogue between citizens and policymakers on governance reform; compile public views and insights through electronic and face-to-face sessions; bring these views and concerns to the attention of the appropriate government agencies; and document policy outcomes and lessons learned for wider dissemination. The idea is to ensure that citizens influence the post-election reconstruction process.

Project ID

105269

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Monday, March 1, 2010

End Date

Friday, October 26, 2012

Duration

12 months

IDRC Officer

Karuru, Njeri

Total funding

CA$ 348,700

Countries

Kenya, North of Sahara, South of Sahara

Project Leader

Mr. Edwin Barasa

Institution

Africa Peace Forum

Institution Country

Kenya