Event: Docubox’s Halloween Shorts, Shorts, and Shots

Got your early bird Halloween tickets yet?

Join us if you dare, for a Halloween scare… Shorts, Shorts & Shots! Halloween Edition NOVEMBER 1ST

Happy hour from 5:30 pm Get Tickets ADVANCE TICKETS: 600 BOB (UNTIL 30TH SEPTEMBER) REGULAR TICKETS: 800 BOB
AT THE GATE: 1000 BOB The gist is simple, YOU wear the Shorts, WE screen the award-winning short films and WE ALL have shots! (alcoholic and non-alcoholic available). On NOVEMBER 1ST, we bring you a very special, very spooky Halloween edition of Shorts, Shorts & Shorts with a frightful line up of local scary short films and a bar with eerily themed drinks to go with all the night’s surprises and scares.

Right now, you can grab a scrumptious deal on advance tickets for only 600 bob until the 30th of September

Student tickets can be purchased at the Docubox Offices at 600 bob with proof of your student ID. These are in limited number, so get yours while you can.

Never seen a Kenyan horror film?
Love the Halloween season?
Then what are you waiting for? 

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RVI Event: Participation, Voice and Governance in Investment Corridors in Africa: The case of LAPSSET on Thursday 14 Feb 10-12 Nairobi


Participation, Voice and Governance in Investment Corridors in Africa: The case of LAPSSET


Since 2012, the Kenyan government has begun commissioning work on the Lamu Port and South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (Corridor) project, commonly known as LAPSSET. The corridor, which consists of road, railway and new port facilities, promises to radically alter the landscape of northern Kenya—a historically marginalized region.

Communities living in the corridor have raised concerns about the project’s potential negative impact on the environment, their livelihood systems and culture. Meanwhile, local residents, as well as people from across the country, are also anticipating the potential benefits that the corridor may bring. This has stimulated competition between different groups, and the government, to gain control over land and other resources.

On 14 February 2019, the Rift Valley Forum will host a panel discussion to disseminate a new report —Participation, Voice and Governance in Investment Corridors in Africa: the case of the Lamu Port and South Sudan Ethiopia Transport Corridor Project, LAPSSET—produced by the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies of the University of Western Cape, in partnership with the Agricultural Policy Research in Africa Programme. The report examines the extent to which smallholder farmers, fishers, women and youth have been included in the implementation of LAPSSET, and its potential impact on these communities.

The study aims to create an evidence-based assessment of implicit or explicit barriers that prevent smallholders, women and youth from the decision-making processes involving the design and implementation of corridors.



Hussein Mahmoud
Technical University of Mombasa


Ngala Chome
Durham University


Somo Abu Somo
Lamu County Beach Management Unit

Raya Famao Ahmed
Sauti Ya Wanawake, Lamu County Chapter

Peter Mungai
Lake Kenyatta Farmers’ Cooperative Society

Umulkher Athman
Lamu Youth Alliance

Event: Future of Entertainment by Blinky Bill, Thursday 31 Jan

Future of Entertainment by Blinky Bill

Technology is changing the way content is created, delivered and consumed. All this with the aim of creating a new and better experience for you.

Our main question is how can the sustainable flow of information and content inform, entertain and educate while empowering the society?

Join us on the 31st of Jan 2019 where the amazing and talented Musician/Producer/DJ Blinky Bill will lead us in the conversation around the Future Of Entertainment.

RSVP HERE: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScd8KsloctpRT5E5U1AInHpAuxmL8lDa93v8_6OWtltD7fjzQ/viewform?fbzx=5895889081437118079

About Speaker

Blinky Bill (Sellanga Ochieng’) is a Musician/Producer and DJ based in Nairobi. He is a TED fellow, Red Bull Music Academy alumni and a participant at the US state funded one Beat Program. He is a founding member of Electronic and Arts Collective ‘Just A Band’ with whom he has produced 3 albums.

He is currently working on his solo career and has 2 solo projects ‘We Cut Keys While You Wait (2016)’ and his latest release ‘Everyone’s Just Winging it and Other Fly Tales (2018)’ which has received rave reviews including a 4 star rating in the revered MOJO magazine.

His music is a mix of futuristic African beats meets, funk, hip hop, electronica and hint of Jazz.

Some of the festivals Blinky Bill has performed:

– SummerStage Festival 2012 (NYC)
– Leipzig Film Festival
– Cape Town Jazz Festival 2018
– Disobedience Awards (2018) MIT
– Design Indaba Festival (2017) Cape Town

Young Feminists Convening 28th – 29th November

Breathing new life into the future of Kenya’s women’s rights movement.
Young Feminists Convening 28th – 29th November 2018, Limuru Kenya.
In 2017, Womankind worldwide convened a roundtable meeting of member organisations of FEMNET (The African Women’s Development and Communication Network) in Nairobi to discuss their priorities for women’s rights at local and national levels. This provided a unique opportunity to hear from, and respond to, issues being expressed. These were wide ranging, from the need for a sensitive approach to bringing women together to the need for finding and agreeing entry points for transformative change within the movement itself. Through the roundtable and follow up conversations, it became clear that the Kenyan women’s movement is fragmented, with various groups expressing feelings of exclusion and/or discontent that their issues are omitted from key debates. There are no meaningful spaces or convening moments for women’s rights organisations and activists to come together or to act in true solidarity. Young feminists want to bring debate to the broader women’s movement but they are limited by lack of inclusivity, diversity, a voice and resources.

Event: Five Years After Westgate, RVI & ICG, 21 September (Friday)



Five Years After Westgate

10am – 12.30pm・Friday 21 September 2018
Rift Valley Institute・Seminar Room
Laikipia Road ・Kileleshwa

The attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi on 21 September 2013 demonstrated Al-Shabaab’s reach outside Somalia. The initial response by Kenyan authorities – including mass roundups of Muslims and ethnic Somalis – compounded matters and aided Al-Shabaab recruitment. A change of approach in mid-2015, which prioritised greater community engagement and more prominent roles for Muslim leaders, has helped to reduce the threat of Al Shabaab in Kenya.

Yet, five years on, Al-Shabaab remains committed to striking targets outside Somalia. The group has adapted in various ways, including by building partnerships with local militant groups in southern Tanzania and northern Mozambique and recruiting outside Kenya. A new research report by the International Crisis Group examines the regional evolution of Al-Shabaab since the Westgate attack and outlines the contrasting reactions to its activities by Kenyan, Tanzanian and Ugandan authorities.

     Photo: Ben Curtis/AP

On 21 September, the Rift Valley Institute will host the launch of the ICG report Al-Shabaab Five Years after Westgate: Still a Menace in East Africa. This will be followed by a panel discussion on policy options for addressing radicalisation in East Africa.

Murithi Mutiga
Researcher, International Crisis Group

Abdullahi Abdille Shahow
Researcher, International Crisis Group

Rashid Abdi
Horn of Africa Project Director, International Crisis Group

Martine Zeuthen
Royal United Services Institute

Razia Kimani
United States Agency for International Development

Fellowships to attend African Investigative Journalism Conference (deadline 31 August)


The African Investigative Journalism Conference (AIJC2018) is the premier annual gathering of African investigative journalists – a three-day international conference for and about investigative journalism. It involves skills training, networking, promoting, collaboration and in-depth accounts of major investigative stories. It is hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

This year’s conference will feature more than 50 speakers in workshops, panel discussions and networking sessions, as well as skills training in areas such as advanced data analysis and security. Key speakers include award-winning journalists from across the world, and Africa’s best. This is a chance to hear and meet those leading the field and enhance your skills with the latest tools and tips.

In 2018, 10 places are available to community newspaper journalists who are members of the Association of Independent Publishers and who have an interest in investigative journalism, want to develop their investigative skills and learn from other African and international journalists. Fellows will be required to write an article for publication or make a presentation to their colleagues on their learnings from the conference.

More information is available at www.journalism.co.za/aijc2018 or follow on Twitter @AIJC_Conference 

The fellowship will cover transport, accommodation for those who need it at The Wedgewood in Melville (www.thewedgewood.com) and transport to and from the conference, meals and conference fees.

Following the AIJC, on Thursday 1st November, there will be a one-day round-table run by Wits Journalism’s Africa-China Reporting Project. It is open to those who have worked on or are currently working on specific stories about China in Africa. Please indicate your interest in your application.

To apply, write a short motivation (maximum 500 words) and send it with your CV and at least one example of your published or broadcast work (preferably a link) to Ntando@printmedia.org.za 

Applications close August 31st, 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by email by September 14th, 2018.

Note: The conference will be conducted in English and there will be no translation.

Workshop: Physical Planning Forum, Sauti ya Nairobi, TISA, Uraia

The Citizens Coalition for a Better Nairobi ‘Sauti ya Nairobi’ steering team in collaboration with The Institute for Social Accountability (TISA) and Uraia has organized a one-day workshop scheduled for  Wednesday 27th  June 2018  from 8 .00 a.m.- 1 p.m. The workshop will bring together various stakeholders including both State and non-State actors such as Residents associations, Civil Society movements etc to share both their views, experiences and projections in physical planning matter.

The objectives of the Workshop include:

  • To share findings of an initial review on the current legal framework on physical planning in the City of Nairobi.
  • To establish cross cutting partnerships and networks in the field of physical planning.
  • To discuss and document the efforts and experiences of the various stakeholders in the field of physical planning.
  • To derive next steps necessary for legal reform or other required changes in physical planning. To utilize the discussion to improve the framework of the development of a Sauti Strategy

Sauti has offered a few places to members of the built environment who attend Naipolitans Forums and events to attend this forum.

If you are interested in attending the forum, please get in touch with Constant Cap <constant.cap@gmail.com>.

As there are limited places available, these will be issued on a first come first serve basis.

The Citizens Coalition for a Better Nairobi, ‘Sauti ya Nairobi’ was formed in 2017 by a group of concerned residents and professionals. The concerned persons sought to bring together various actors who have been driving for change though a non-political voluntary group. Sauti has brought together various non -state city stakeholders including community leaders, professionals, youth groups, partner organizations and institutions and make use of our strengths as well as available citizen participatory means to advocate and drive towards better planning, accountable urban management and reliable services for citizens in Nairobi.

Sauti aims at utilizing partnerships, studying best practices and making tactical strategies that can help improve the quality of lives of citizens in Nairobi.

Sauti has identified physical planning as one key area that citizens lack not only awareness but are also almost powerless. The city is experiencing growth at alarming levels and the absence of any structured plan or framework in which this is happening is of growing concern. Residents are experiencing ‘change of use’ and ‘extension of use’ within their neighbourhoods that are giving authorization to incompatible land uses.

Many residents are not aware of how they can petition against developments. Majority do not know the development approval process and their rights in this process. There is very little data available (especially Spatial Data) that can enable residents to respond to the various change of use advertisements in the newspapers. Finally, the city lacks a clear legislated zoning policy. The City relies on the 2008 Nairobi City council zoning ordinance. As a number of these zones have been ‘under review’, this has resulted into loopholes in physical planning such as developer’s obtaining a leeway in going beyond the designated plot ratio and ground coverage.


Learning Exchange on Citizenship and Legal Identity, Namati (in October in Kenya, deadline 2 June)

2018 Learning Exchange on Citizenship and Legal Identity


In late 2018, the Global Legal Empowerment Network is organizing its first learning exchange focused on citizenship and legal identity. This learning exchange will be hosted by Namati and three dynamic organizations – Nubian Rights Forum, Haki na Sheria, and Haki Centre – who work with community paralegals to support communities to overcome discrimination in accessing legal identity documents and full citizenship rights. The exchange is open to applicants from around the world.

Participants of this learning exchange will be split into three teams and spend time in the field with Namati’s three implementing partners who will assign them to paralegals. They will accompany paralegals as they visit communities and handle cases relating to birth certificates, ID cards, passports, and death certificates; meet with civil society leaders working on citizenship rights; discuss tactics for high-level advocacy, including using grassroots data to call for change in policy and practice; and collectively workshop common challenges and develop concrete work plans for taking forward lessons learned.

Timeline: The exchange will last a duration of twelve days, with the tentative dates of October 7 – 19, 2018

Deadline to apply: June 3, 2018


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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
The Nest 

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.

Films To Be Screened Are…

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