Hivos International


The Kenya media programme (KMP) is a programme of Hivos whose aim is to strengthen the existing media landscape in Kenya. KMP's overall objective is to contribute to a responsible, accountable and transparent governance environment and therefore a more stable Kenya. In its bid to strengthen the media sector, KMP has identified the media as the key driver of accountability and good governance and consequently provide a framework of various interventions aimed at improving the professionalism and effectiveness of the media in Kenya.

The Kenya Media Programme (KMP) envisages a second four-year phase effective April 2015 and hopes to address sector wide efforts and challenges faced by the media. This is part of the reason why it was necessary to undertake a national public survey to establish how effective the media is in improving transparency and accountability in Kenya.

A number of journalists have recently been harassed and their equipment confiscated by state authorities and political goons. Safety and protection of journalist is, therefore, now a major concern in Kenya. Between November 2012 and January 2013, the Media Council of Kenya received complaints of about 30 cases of harassment, intimidation and violent attacks of journalists. Other organisations, including the National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Kenya (NCHRD-K), Article 19 and

Citizen action and the perverse confluence of opposing agendas

Are people organizing against injustice in ways that differ fundamentally from those of recent decades? And, today's uprisings and mobilizations compared to their predecessors, do you find more continuity than difference? These and other question on contemporary citizen action and the Occupy movement are addressed by Lisa Veneklasen in her highly interesting article Here you will find a short introduction of her article.

Information, communication and the mass media often exert a significant influence on how citizenship and civic agency are appreciated and driven. With illustrations from Latin America the essay looks at these influences between development and transformative change and highlights a missing component of accountability. A strong argument is made for monitoring the communications strategy and content of aid agencies.

Social Media in the Arab World

On February 3rd 2011 Jeffrey Ghannam published the report: ‘Social Media in the Arab World; Leading up to the Uprising of 2011’. Ghannam decided to accelerate the production of the report on social media and free expression as it can provide a useful backdrop to the recent popular uprising in Tunisia and Egypt. It aims to give an insight into the rise of an independent and vibrant social media, its impact on the politics of the Arab world and the challenges and limitation imposed by the authoritarian governments.

This issue touches upon new dilemma’s of the digital era. Guest editor Nilofar Ansher writes a compelling piece that questions what come’s first: the members of a group of the group itself? She makes her argument through explaining what happens when she deletes all her posts from the Facebook group wall. She asks the questions, when she erases all the traces of her posts, does this matter to the group and to the people that came after her?

From Facebook revolution to surveillance technology

In the beginning of 2011 the Arab Spring took the world by surprise. Around the world people were confronted and inspired by millions of brave citizens who stood up, ousted two dictators and demanded democratic reforms. (Inter) nationally technology like Twitter and Facebook have been praised for these web 2.0 revolutions. While the Facebook revolution discourse has been much debated, the flip side to the technology coin has been ignored.

Experience the LibreBus Central America

The LibreBus was an invitation for dialogue and encounter between young people in Central America, to create regional networks and strengthen a shared culture of Central America. From May 3 to 16, 2011, the bus toured Central America from Costa Rica to Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, to share experiences around free software, knowledge and bio-diversity, freedom of expression and freedom of sharing. View here the documentary of the trip.

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Hivos Provides Analysis to BBC on Support to Media Freedoms and Rights in Syria

Case Study by BBC

BBC recently released an authoritative study on support to media freedom in Syria: "COUNTRY CASE STUDY: SYRIA. Support to media where media freedoms and rights are constrained". BBC explains the aim of this publication: "This case study is part of a series of BBC Media Action research papers, including 5 case studies and a synthesis, discussing reasons why the media in each of the countries featured is constrained and how outside agencies and donors support free and independent media. Commissioned by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), they are designed to describe the media landscape and media development (countries include Syria, South Sudan, Cambodia, Bangladesh, and Uganda) and set out best practice for donors to sustainably fund and support media internationally".