Stories: Kenya

  • Meet Our Newest Fellows

    The International Reporting Project is awarding fellowships to report on different topics around the world. The following fellowships were awarded in late 2017 and early 2018.                           Religion Issues We congratulate the following journalists who were awarded fellowships in late 2017 and early 2018 to cover religion issues: Jessica Aguirre is...

  • When Community Requires Boundaries, Who Gets Left Out?

    You can't get a good pilau at Amani Gardens Inn. The guesthouse, nestled behind tall gates on Church Road, boasts a menu of all-American food and three acres of some of the plushest gardens in Nairobi. Birds chirp contentedly from a 100-year-old jacaranda tree. Languages, tribes, and religions mix under tents and between flowers dotting the grounds. The...

  • How Christians in Kenya Are Trying to Hack Government Corruption

    In a small side hall inside a ministry building, a group of young developers and artists huddled over their laptops. Half-filled Fanta and Coke bottles sat forgotten in the center of the table as the group worked in studied concentration while gospel music played in the background. With crumpled candy wrappers lying nearby, the scene was reminiscent of a college...

  • Boko Haram, Al Shabaab and Al Qaeda 2.0 – Islamic Extremism in Africa

    The kidnapping of more than 300 Nigerian school girls weeks ago – and now word of a new massacre – by Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group that operates in northern Nigeria, has drawn the attention and outrage of the international community. The Obama Administration said Tuesday it plans to send military officials and hostage experts to help...

  • e-Health App Aims to End Poverty

    Watch this video to learn more about the Millennium Villages Project and how health workers in rural Kenya are using mobile technology to more effectively treat patients. Child Count is a SMS-based system used for a variety of purposes, including addressing acute malnutrition and children with diarrhea as well as testing and treatment for malaria using Rapid...

  • New Mobile App Streamlines Health Care Systems in Kenya

    Do you know which countries have the highest cell phone usage? The list might not surprise you with China, India and the U.S. taking the top three spots. However, developing countries such as Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya all report between 50-75 percent of their overall population has access to a mobile phone. Smartphone ownership is skyrocketing in...

  • Running a Farm Business From Your Phone?

    John Waibochi is a savvy business man. Growing up in rural Kenya he saw the emergence of mobile technology as an opportunity to empower farmers. His app, Agrimanagr, provides real-time market information to farmers giving them the knowledge they need to make smart business choices and get the best value for their crops. Imani Cheers is reporting on mobile...

  • Is It Possible to Access Clean Water Using Your Cell Phone?

    Living in the United States, it’s easy to take for granted access to clean, safe drinking water. After all, when I need water I simply go to a faucet, turn it on and am confident that fresh water will appear. This reality is actually a luxury for the close to 800 million people worldwide who lack access to clean...

  • Some Surprising Facts about FGM in New UNICEF Study

    UNICEF today released a thorough report on female genital mutilation/cutting, which includes deep dives into data sets, methodology and social theory -- there's a whole section that considers what a "social norm" really is (a word so often just thrown around these kinds of reports), and then proceeds with an analysis about how they might be changed. More...

  • Fixing the Problem of Flying Toilets: Solutions for Tackling Drought in Africa

    Like world hunger, which I covered briefly in the run-up to last week's G8 summit, drought is an issue that affects countless lives and livelihoods. However, global awareness of the issue is low, despite the shocking statistics: according to Practical Action, who have produced an infographic on the effects of drought in Africa, 50,000 people across the East African countries...