n Conflict Trends - Information and communications technology in peacebuilding : lessons from Kenya's Tana Delta

Volume 2014, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


This article describes the underlying nature of ethnic conflict in the Tana Delta and explores the peace processes that have been undertaken, some of which are ongoing. It then examines the role of information and communications technology (ICT) in peacebuilding, successful cases of use, and a specific example from the current use of ICT for peacebuilding in the Tana Delta of Kenya. This discussion is followed by an outline of the lessons learned and challenges faced in the region by Una Hakika (Swahili for 'Are you sure?'), a mobile phone-based project that aims to reduce the risk of renewed ethnic violence in the Tana Delta by monitoring and countering the spread of harmful misinformation, such as rumours.

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