A mural advocating safety practices to curb the spread of Covid-19. April 29, 2020, Nairobi.
A mural advocating safety practices to curb the spread of Covid-19. April 29, 2020, Nairobi. © Tony Karumba/AFP via Getty Images

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Africa Resilience Network

Years active: 2020-present

The Africa Resilience Network programme is building a network of journalists, activists and analysts to identify and expose Covid-19 related disinformation in Kenya and Nigeria.
 

Working in collaboration with the Centre for Information Resilience, the International Centre for Investigative Reporting and Africa Uncensored, IWPR provides Africa Resilience Network members with extensive support, including:

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  • Developing, publishing and promoting research and reporting on Covid-19 disinformation;
  • Specialist training in the latest tools and techniques to identify and expose disinformation, focusing on open-source intelligence and network analysis;
  • Access to expert mentors, with training and support on managing data protection and information security risks;
  • Opportunities to attend networking events and collaborate with other activists, journalists, media professionals, academic experts, editors, researchers and publishers; and
  • Access to legal and health resources to help inform their work and reporting.

Upon graduating from the programme, Africa Resilience Network members become members of a global community, with lasting links to disinformation experts and fellow practitioners around the world.

For those interested in learning more about the programme, or becoming a member, please contact AfricaResilienceNetwork@iwpr.net.

The Africa Resilience Network (ARN) programme is administered as part of a co-operative agreement between the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR) and the US Department of State.
 

The spread of false information, particularly during election seasons, has recently presented challenges in Kenya.
The spread of false information, particularly during election seasons, has recently presented challenges in Kenya. © PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP via Getty Images

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Youth Chiristian leaders listen to the pastor during Easter mass as they follow the new directive of Kenya's President to curb the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus at Revivslist Outreach Church Kenya in Nairobi on April 4, 2021.
Youth Chiristian leaders listen to the pastor during Easter mass as they follow the new directive of Kenya's President to curb the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus at Revivslist Outreach Church Kenya in Nairobi on April 4, 2021. © Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP via Getty Images

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In collaboration with:

Africa Uncensored
Centre for Information Resilience
International Centre for Investigative Reporting

The Africa Resilience Network (ARN) programme is administered as part of a co-operative agreement between the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR) and the US Department of State.

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