Event: Social Changemakers MatchMentor

At our upcoming Social Changemakers edition of MatchMentor taking place on Saturday 29th July 2017, we will be having a ‘Volunteer Village’. This ‘Village’ brings together various initiatives working towards social change to have a stall, showcase their work and give participants an opportunity to sign up to their cause.

This edition of MatchMentor brings together 20 mentors and 70 mentees involved and/or interested in: Environmental Conservation, Social Work, Gender Development, Human Rights Advocacy, Political Activism, International Sustainable Development, Civic Education, Renewable Energy, Working with Street Children and the Homeless, Community Development, Advocacy, Student Activism, Public Health and Women Empowerment.

The event will run sessions on: ‘The Future of Social Engagement’, ‘How to Mobilise People for Social Change’, ‘Financing Social Change’ and our highly rated ‘Speedmentoring’…

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[Public forum] The Lamu Coal Plant: Uncovering the Real Political, Health & Environmental Aspects

Public forum: The Lamu Coal Plant: Uncovering the Real Political, Health and Environmental Aspects

Friday 14 July 2017 | Laico Regency, Nairobi| 3-6:00pm | Free Entry

The Government of Kenya in conjunction with a private partner has proposed to construct a 1,050 Megawatt coal-fired power plant in Kwasasi, Lamu County. Given the magnitude of the project, it is paramount that the potential benefits and pitfalls are clearly understood by the public. This will only happen when there is transparency on the project and robust public debate.

Having experienced power rationing in the year 2000 coupled with the high cost of electricity, energy security and affordability is an issue many Kenyans can relate to. There is no doubt that the State must provide affordable energy to its citizens whilst also seeking the most sustainable means of doing so.

The proposed coal plant is to be constructed in an area that has an incredibly rich environment and culture heritage. It has been argued that the project will foster development in the area but there has been no discussion on the true cost of this development especially in an already marginalized area. As citizens, we must consider the climate change implications bearing in mind the recent drought experienced in the country. Whilst China, India and the United Kingdom are closing coal plants, Kenya is pushing to build the first one in Eastern Africa.

Key discussion points:

  1. What impact will the plant have on the socio-economic aspects on the inhabitants of Lamu County?
  2. Why isn’t the government providing information on the public health impacts of the coal plant?
  3. Will the coal plant contribute to the climate change vulnerability of the country?

Invited Speakers:

  • Hon. Shakila Abdalla — Lamu County Women’s Representative
  • Prof. Nick King — Climate Change and Sustainable Development Expert; Co-Chair of the Scientific Advisory Panel for UNEP’s 6th Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6) Report
  • Prof. Peter Orris — Chief of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of Illinois Hospital
  • Raya Famau — Board Member, Save Lamu
  • Hindpal Jabbal — Former Chairman, Energy Regulatory Commission

Facilitated by:

John-Allan Namu

Format of discussion:

A panel discussion contextualizes issues to the audience. This is infused with public dialogue and Q&A where the audience engages with the panel and forum.

Sign language will be provided.

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FORUM: Elections Preparedness: A Reality Check, My Responsibility



Topic: Elections Preparedness: A Reality Check, My Responsibility

Date: Friday July 7 2017
Time: 2:00 pm
Venue: HIPSIR, Riara Road, off Ngong Road, Nairobi, Kenya


  1. Irungu Houghton – Associate Director, Society for International  Development
  2. Martin Oloo – Lawyer & Political analyst
  3. Obadiah Keitany – Director Audit, Risk and Compliance, IEBC

Contacts: Email: secretary.hipsir@hekima.ac.ke  Phone: +254729755905 or +254733616863


Call for Applicants, Future Leaders Connect

from British Council:

Future Leaders Connect – The global network for emerging policy leaders


Future Leaders Connect is where exceptional individuals (aged 18-35) from around the world join a long-term network of emerging policy leaders. You will develop your policy making expertise, make valuable connections and gain the skills to have real impact. Together you will discuss major global policy issues in the Houses of Parliament, engage with inspiring leaders, visit some of the UK’s leading global institutions and collaborate to produce innovative policy recommendations. The skills, experience and connections you will make through Future Leaders Connect will support you to seize your leadership potential.

We are now accepting applications from individuals living in Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tunisia, and the UK.

Complete your online application by Sunday 14th May 2017, 23.59pm (GMT).

In the interests of equal access, the costs of participating in Future Leaders Connect will be covered by the British Council. We are looking for exceptional individuals with the ideas, energy and commitment to work collaboratively with all members of Future Leaders Connect and with senior global leaders. You must also be able to travel to the UK between 18th to 27th October 2017

Exhibition Launch, Sibanthontisele

‘Sibanthontisele – An Exhibition Launch by Owen Maseko’

Date of Exhibition Launch: Wednesday 12 April 2017

Time: 7.00 p.m.

Venue: Goethe Institut Auditorium Maendeleo House, Monorovia Street Nairobi

Admission is free. Drinks and snacks will be available.

Exhibition will run until 5 May 2017


Monday To Friday, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The works in Sibanthontisele depict the Matebeland and the Midlands
Gukurahundi massacres perpetrated by the 5th Brigade (former division of Zimbabwean army). The killings happened after the expulsion of ZAPU (Zimbabwe African Peoples Union) from the post-independence government led by President Robert Mugabe when the party was blamed for plotting to overthrow the government after arm caches were allegedly discovered on ZAPU-owned properties. Almost 20 years after the guns fell silent, the government has urged Zimbabweans to ‘move on’ from the period Mugabe has described as “a moment of madness”. The majority of those affected still feel that the issue needs to be adequately discussed before it can be consigned to history. In 2010, Maseko exhibited Sibanthontisele, meaning “we drip on them” in isiNdebele, referring to a torture technique the army used during that “moment of madness” where soldiers would drip hot melted plastic on civilians. Less than 24 hours after the exhibition opened at Bulawayo National Arts Gallery, Maseko found himself in police custody, arrested because of his work, according to authorities, ‘undermined the authority’ of President Robert Mugabe. Maseko challenged the charges with assistance of the Zimbabwean Lawyers for Human Rights. In 2013 the court finally ruled that his exhibition could be taken down and not be displayed publically anywhere in the country ever again.

Owen Maseko is considered one of Zimbabwe’s most prominent controversial artists.

This Exhibition is a collaboration between Goethe Institut and the British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA).


Event: Supercharging Human Rights Defenders in East Africa, Small Media (17 March)

I am excited to invite you and your colleagues to the launch of a report titled, “Supercharging Human Rights Defenders in East Africa”. The event will be held on Friday, March 17, 2017 as from 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM EAT at Strathmore University, Kenya.

Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/digital-security-challenges-for-civil-society-in-east-africa-tickets-31886254646

Over the past year, Small Media has been working in partnership with The Collaboration on International Policy for East and Southern Africa, The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (Defend Defenders), and Strathmore University Centre for IP and IT Law (CIPIT) to produce a new report evaluating the digital threats facing civil society organisations working across East Africa – in Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania.

At this session, Small Media and its partners will present the findings of its latest report Supercharging Human Rights Defenders in East Africa, and then engage in a discussion with a range of stakeholders about how to best support regional civil society organisations to overcome the multitude of digital security challenges they face.

The schedule for the session is as follows:
14:00-15:00 – Report Presentation and Q&A
15:00-15:30 – Coffee break
15:30-16:30 – Break-out sessions based around key themes and research findings
16:30-17:00 – Discussion around recommendations and next steps
17:00-18:00 – Networking and drinks

Bizarre Bazaar Summer Craft Festival, tables from 12k KES

Application for the Bizarre Bazaar Summer Craft Festival 2017
Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June 2017

Bizarre Bazaar Craft Festivals are trade shows featuring traditional and contemporary crafts and mostly handmade products from across Africa and the world. Two festivals are held each year in June and November. Bizarre Bazaar is an open air marketplace where artists and craftspeople can demonstrate their skills and sell their creations directly to the public in a fun, relaxed and beautiful environment.

Please download the application form with all the required information by clicking on this link. Kindly complete the application form and ensure that you understand all the terms and conditions. Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions. We look forward to hearing from you and very much hope that you will join us at Bizarre Bazaar Summer Craft Festival.