In Kenya, BBC Media Action is working with local radio stations to develop and produce programmes that address water, sanitation and hygiene-related issues. After three seasons of producing the national TV and radio discussion show, Sema Kenya (Kenya Speaks), BBC Media Action is supporting the national broadcaster KBC to develop its own topical discussion programme, Beyond the Headlines. Sema Kenya 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. Previous work in Kenya 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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Through 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.
Using local radio and multi-media toolkits to help save lives of premature and low weight babies in Kenya.
From 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.
Kimasomaso, 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.
How BBC Media Action is working with local radio stations in Kenya to develop and produce programmes that address water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) issues.
Latest Kenya publications and resources
In Kenya, BBC Media Action assists people in using radio to help communities find their own solutions.
A research summary evaluating how debate programme Sema Kenya increased people’s knowledge of democratic processes and key governance issues.
Research summary of findings from research about the most current pressing issues affecting Kenyans, prepared to inform debate show Sema Kenya. Published in July 2012.
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.
A research summary presenting findings on audience attitudes to BBC Media Action's accountability programme in Kenya.