Event: Reading Africa in the Black Panther Film, Friday 6 April 2018, Rift Valley Forum & BIEA

 Reading Africa in the Black Panther Film 

4.30pm – 6.30pm・ 6 April 2018
Rift Valley Institute・Laikipia Road・Kileleshwa

The 2018 superhero film Black Panther, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name has evoked a lot of debate both within social and academic circles. The discussions have ranged from the casting, gender representations and use of violence, to female and black empowerment, and tensions between Africans and African Americans.

On 6 April 2018, the Rift Valley Forum in partnership with the British Institute in Eastern Africa will bring together panelists from different backgrounds to discuss the representation of Africa in the film. It aims to explore the question of how Africa is depicted by exploring the issue of homogenization and the concept of Blackness and diasporization, among others.

Sitawa Namwalie

Dr Wandia Njoya
 Lecturer, Daystar University

Nanjala Nyabola
Political Analyst

Mehul Gohil

Patrick Gathara

Dr Njoki Ngumi
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Film night: SHORTS, SHORTS & SHOTS, Docubox The Box



Put on your shorts, grab a shot and let’s watch some short films at the first Shorts, Shorts & Shots Night at the NBO Film Fest. The 100 minute program curated by The Box(A Docubox spin off) in partnership with the British Council, will feature some of Africa’s very best short films giving Nairobi audiences a chance to see these excellent short films that haven’t been seen beyond the festival circuit.

In addition, we will be celebrating the homecoming of the Kenyan / German short film Watu Wote with a screening of their Academy shortlisted film and welcoming their stellar crew and cast back from the Oscars. They will fill us in on their trip to the Oscars and their thoughts, hopes and dreams for the Kenyan film industry.

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Event: Media Credibility: How can the media regain public trust? (Thursday 6pm)

Following the controversial media shutdown in Kenya in early February 2018, there has been criticism towards the media. Once considered one of the most trusted institutions, the media has come under intense public criticism including allegations of bias, manipulation, and failure to highlight issues affecting the public.

On the other hand, journalists cite frustrations over editorial decisions to ‘kill’ stories, the failure to elicit a response from the public or even government investigations to their stories and exposés. The question remains, how can we address the credibility gap between the media and the public? What can be done to address the disconnect in expectations between the media and the public? Join us for an open, candid conversation about the role of the media and how to address the disconnect in expectations between the media and the public.

Thursday 22nd February | 6:00 pm |Nairobi Garage, Pinetree plaza. (Hurlingham) The panelists will be:

Kindly take a moment to fill in this RSVP form to confirm your attendance.

#WhatsNext Media: Discussion on the state of the media ecosystem in Kenya

#WhatsNext Media:
Discussion on the state of the media ecosystem in Kenya

Tuesday 20 Feb 6-pm @WeAreMettaNBO Riverside, 500 bob


At Nest, we run a monthly panel discussion series, where we bring together some of the sectors brightest minds on a specific vertical to ask them #WhatsNext? The panel typically consists of individuals from startups, corporates, investors, development agencies, academia, public interest groups and government.

Join us as we discuss the current state of the media ecosystem, explore the main constituents that affect the media’s public interest work and identify opportunities to support independent media.

The discussions will be based on but not limited to the recently published report titled, “Strengthening Kenyan Media: exploring a path towards journalism in the public interest” commissioned by the Omidyar Network.

Some of the pertinent topics set to be discussed include:

  1. Pressures and incentives which influence the media’s ability and willingness to provide independent, unbiased information of public interest.
  2. Reversing a decline in media support.
  3. Opportunities for supporting an independent media.

The event aims to provide a platform to exchange intellectual ideas and initiate a starting point for exploration of ways through which the Kenyan media ecosystem can flourish.

Key Highlights:

  • Presentation by Ory Okolloh– Director, Investments at Omidyar Network on Strengthening Kenyan Media. @kenyanpundit
  • Facilitation by Nanjira Sambuli. @ninanjira
  • Diversified high-level panel comprising media executives, chief editors, journalists, media bodies, influential bloggers/columnists among others.

Full list of panelists to be updated.

**The #WhatsNext series regularly sells out. Please book early to secure your seat. Please note that video and audio content may be recorded by the Mettā team

Cost Ksh. 500.00 for non-members.
Mpesa till no. 737416 Nest Group Africa

Instructions: Go to M-PESA & select Buy Goods

Event: One ‘slum’, three upgrades, Rift Valley Forum

It could be interesting to see how wageni are analysing slum upgrading efforts. If you have more direct life experience, go and chime in loudly!


One ‘slum’, three upgrades
Lessons for building community resilience from Kibera

2pm-4pm・ Tuesday 13 February 2018
Rift Valley Institute・Laikipia Road・Kileleshwa・Nairobi

In 2004, the Kenyan government in collaboration with UN-HABITAT launched the Kenya Slum Upgrading Programme (KENSUP), which aims to improve the living conditions of about 60 per cent of the country’s urban population by 2020. Kibera, the largest informal settlement in the country, is a pilot project under this programme. Other major development projects in Kibera include the Nairobi Railway Relocation Action Plan, and the National Youth Service-led Kibera Slum Upgrade Initiative. These programmes are geared towards providing better security and infrastructure, opportunities for improved housing as well as income generation…

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Call for abstracts: International Conference on Terrorism & Violent Extremism

International Conference on Terrorism and Violent Extremism – CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Theme: Changing Dynamics of Terrorism and Violent Extremism in Africa: Towards Effective Prevention and Counter Terrorism Strategies


HORN International Institute for Strategic Studies (hereafter, the HORN Institute) invites researchers and practitioners to submit abstracts for presentation at the international conference on terrorism and violent extremism on the theme, Changing Dynamics of Terrorism and Violent Extremism in Africa: Towards Effective Prevention and Counter Terrorism Strategies that will be held in Nairobi (Kenya), 24 -26 April 2018.

Important dates

First Call for abstracts opens: 9 January 2018

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 5 February 2018

Criteria for submission of abstracts.

The abstracts should cover one of the following topics:

  1. Preventing and countering violent extremism
  2. Radicalization and de-radicalization
  3. Globalization of terrorism
  4. Political and religious extremism
  5. Conflict dynamics in the Gulf & wider Middle East, & impact of the same on Africa
  6. State responses to terrorism
  7. Media and terrorism
  8. Terrorism financing
  9. Maritime security
  10. Protecting critical infrastructure
  11. Gender and terrorism
  12. Terrorism, trauma, and counselling
  13. Terrorism and human rights
  14. Cyber security
  15. Rehabilitation and re-integration of ex-combatants and returnees
  16. Global trends in terrorism and violent extremism
  17. Select case studies: Somalia, Nigeria, Mali, Yemen, Syria, and any other.

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Event: Science-Policy Café on Rights, Governance, & Youth Empowerment in Kenya

Join African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) this Saturday (20 Jan 2017) at @Pawa254 for a science-policy café on Rights, Governance and Youth Empowerment in Kenya. For more information on the event & tickets, click this link: bit.ly/2DErhl0


The United Nations Population Division estimates that children and young people below the age of 35 constitute an estimated 77% of Kenya’s total population that isfast inching towards 50 million. This means that the country’s policy decisions should be geared towards meeting the needs of this large youthful population, including investments in critical areas of human capital development such as education and skills development as well as health.

Join us for this science-policy café and be part of the conversation on how the youth in Kenya can be active participants and drivers of change in governance to achieve Kenya’s development goals.


The science-policy café is a model that allows deliberation of development issues in the context of the evidence available and the policy framework. This café shall deliberate key issues on the potential of Kenya’s youth through participation in governance. The format is having a panel that leads the discussion with participation from the audience for each issue.

Specifically, we shall deliberate:

1. To what extent has the 2017 general election campaigns critically considered issues affecting youth?
2. Was evidence (research evidence and routine data) used to inform the development of party manifestos and pronouncements made at public political campaign rallies?
3. What evidence is available on the state of Kenya’s youth population?
4. How can this large youthful population drive the country towards achievement of Kenya’s Vision 2030, the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and Africa Agenda 2063?
5. What is the existing policy framework on youth participation in governance and development (A look at Vision 2030; SDGs, Africa Agenda 2063 and the Africa Union Roadmap on the Demographic Dividend?
6. What are the challenges curtailing youth participation in governance; in instances where they are participating, is there meaningful change? What are the solutions to the prevailing challenges?