Extreme weather linked to climate change is the new reality for many Kenyans - our work supports them to survive and cope.
- Our office: Nairobi
- Our areas of focus: Climate resilience and adaptation
- Our partners: UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, UK Met Office, European Union
About our work
In Kenya, BBC Media Action has a long history of supporting TV and radio broadcasters to produce engaging and informative programming on topics ranging from water, sanitation and hygiene to good governance.
In recent years, the office has been integral to BBC Media Action’s growing portfolio of climate action and adaptation projects. Since 2018, we’ve run an exciting multi-country climate project mentoring local radio journalists to report the weather better – in turn helping farmers, fishermen and pastoralists adapt to the often devastating impacts of changing weather and protect their lives and livelihoods. We’re delighted to be building on this work as part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 initiative – partnering with leading academics, scientists and development organisations on the DOWN2EARTH project tackling food and water insecurity across the Horn of Africa.
A previous highlight is our work supporting local and national broadcasters to underpin open and inclusive governance in Kenya. Our radio and TV discussion show Sema Kenya (Kenya Speaks) brought audiences face-to-face with public officials to debate the big issues of the day, and research showed that the programme helped individuals to hold government officials to account during the 2013 Kenya election. Our work in Kenya has also included the youth radio show Kimasomaso ('To speak out boldly’) which tackled sexual and reproductive health issues and investigated health services.
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Our projects in Kenya
- Come rain or shine: Joining forces to communicate the weather betterThrough improved climate and weather journalism, we're aiming to help farmers, fishermen and pastoralists in three countries in East Africa to better prepare for weather events.
- Lifeline training for media on communicating in emergenciesWe’re training media partners across Africa and Asia on communicating in humanitarian emergencies, supporting them to provide trusted, accurate and timely information that is for affected and at-risk people – not just about them.
- Improving child health through local radioUsing local radio and multi-media toolkits to help save lives of premature and low weight babies in Kenya.
Our insight and impactUse our research library
- Research summary: Can a debate programme increase people’s knowledge of democratic processes?A research summary evaluating how debate programme Sema Kenya increased people’s knowledge of democratic processes and key governance issues.
- Research summary: How are local radio programmes helping improve water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) practices in Kenya?A research summary presenting findings on how local radio programmes are helping improve water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) practices in Kenya.
- Research report: What was the role of the debate programme Sema Kenya in the 2013 Kenyan election?This briefing paper is a summary of findings from BBC Media Action research. It seeks to identify the extent to which the national TV and radio debate programme Sema Kenya (Kenya Speaks), part of BBC Media Action’s governance work in Kenya, supported accountability, peace and inclusion at the time of the 2013 Kenya election.
- My Media Action films: Diana Njeru, KenyaHow radio is helping people improve their health in Kenya.
- Policy briefing: The 2007 Kenyan elections and their aftermathThis policy briefing examines the role of media and communication in Kenya's 2007 elections and their violent aftermath.
- My Media Action films: Sam Otieno, KenyaIn Kenya, BBC Media Action assists people in using radio to help communities find their own solutions.
Past projects and resources
- Using radio to address sanitation and hygiene in KenyaHow BBC Media Action is working with local radio stations in Kenya to develop and produce programmes that address water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) issues.
- Sema Kenya, a nation speaksFrom 2011 - 2014, TV debate show Sema Kenya (Kenya Speaks) brought officials and well-known public figures together with the public to debate the big issues of the day.
- Speaking out boldly about health in East AfricaKimasomaso, a health-focused youth magazine radio show meaning 'to speak out boldly' regularly attracted an audience of 4.5 million and was on air on BBC Swahili for almost eight years until 2011.