This initiative trained and equipped citizen journalists in Turkana in the wake of significant natural resource finds in the region. The project seeks to empower people in Turkana to tell their own stories and use them as tools in civic engagement that contributes to communities’ participation in the development of natural resources found on their land.
In 2015 six citizen journalists were trained in basic filmmaking skills including story development, shooting and basic editing. We continue to build on the resources, time and skills invested in the original six citizen journalists and train an additional cohort in investigative journalism in an effort to hold the extractive industry and other investors to account.
The citizen journalists have engaged with local communities, government, private actors and other stakeholders aided by visual content they have created with the goal of increasing the citizenry’s activeness in engaging with economic actors extracting resources in the region.