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ResiliArt Kenya 2

Democratizing the digital space
Crafting & Reshaping the Creative Economy for Resilience and Sustainability in the context of COVID-19

The Unesco Regional Office for Eastern Africa, the Kenya National Commission for Unesco, the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts, the Creative Economy Working Group, Twaweza Communiciations, the Godown Arts Centre and the Alliance Française de Nairobi have partnered to organize ResiliArt – Kenya, a digital platform of virtual debates involving stakeholders from the culture and creative industries.

The first discussion brought together leading voices from the cultural sector to consolidate thoughts and ideas on the impact of Covid-10 on the sector and identify opportunities to strengthen and support practice in the sector.

This second ResiliArt debate will focus on Democratizing the Digital Space. It will discuss the opportunities and challenges within the digital space, taking a long-view approach on how to ensuring inclusivity, accessibility and affordability, how to bridge existing digital divides; exploring opportunities for creatives to monetize through this space; as well as creating favorable frameworks and policies that nurture the growth of creative expression in the digital space.



How do we continue to speak, to fight, and to engage with each other across age, across ideology, across practice? How do the younger generation rebel and grow, as they must, and the older provide the much needed bulwark of a steadying resistance? In this Issue of Jahazi, we share some of the conversations from a series of Intergenerational Dialogues fora held in Nairobi as well as related and topical articles. You can download it for free on the link below.


Where women are:
Gender & the 2017 Elections 

Exploring gender and governance

This book explores governance and women; lack of representation, intimidation of candidates, the faux choise between patriarchy and authoritarianism are just a few of the issues discussed. Download for free. You can download it for free on the link below.


Cultural and Creative Industries
Supporting Activities in Sub-Saharan Africa

Mapping and Analysis

In many African countries the CCI sectors are supported by EU member states and the European Union as a whole to foster sustainable development and international cultural exchange. The authors of this study, Pedro Affonso Ivo Franco and Kimani Njogu, draw up an inventory of the activities of EU member states and the European Union in the field of creative industries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Which countries are already particularly active in the field of creative industries in the region? How and with what objectives are projects supported? Which sectors are primarily supported in which countries? Are there thematic priorities or cross-sectoral inter-linkages? What are local needs?



Best of Whispers: Politics, Family and Society

"With the exception of God and disability, Wahome Mutahi could laugh at anything in life. He laughed at society he laughed at the Government and he laughed at his family-but he laughed at himself the hardest.

His writing was like an onion whose layers one could keep peeling for tears and laughter. There were those who would read it for the humour on the surface and those who would peel the first layer and weep a little that their consciences were coming calloused. At the core, there was a deep understanding of the culture and life of the people that Whispers wrote for and about. "

Kwamchesi Makokha, Daily Nation, July 23 2003

Best of Whispers

Articles & Activities

Publishing at the African Studies Association of Africa


We contributed to the African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA) conference held in Nairobi in October 2019 on the topic of ‘Publishing in Africa and African studies: practices, challenges and futures


Culture Grows: Between Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow


This event was a gathering of culture and creative sector stakeholders from Kenya and across the world; organized in partnership with the British Council as part of the British Council's programme “Cultural Heritage for Inclusive Growth” – a pilot programme in Kenya, Vietnam and Colombia.


Imara Roundtable Series


A series of multi-sectoral forums aimed at finding solutions to policy and practical concerns in the creative sector in Kenya.


PowerPlay video Series

Video Production

In collaboration with HIVOS, we created a mini-series drama on leadership and integrity that will challenge viewers to expect and demand integrity from leaders in different spheres of life