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Media Workshop on Citizenship and Digital Identity in Nairobi

Community paralegals engage with citizens during an outreach campaign on citizenship rights in Nairobi. (Photo credit: Namati)

The Citizenship Program invites journalists from Nairobi to join an in-person media workshop on citizenship and digital identity in Nairobi from July 24 – 25, 2023.

The 2-day Citizenship and Digital Identity Journalism workshop is aimed at building the capacity of local journalists to understand, advocate and defend citizenship rights in the age of digitization of identity thereby contributing to greater public awareness on key digital identity issues and the implications of the introduction of digital identity systems on citizenship rights.

With the imminent introduction of a new digital identity system in Kenya, now more than ever, the subject of citizenship rights is becoming vital with digitization shaping access to public services. Namati will provide subject experts and affected communities who will provide meaningful engagements with journalists to enhance their knowledge on citizenship rights, implications of digital identity systems and real-life challenges faced by communities in obtaining nationality documents.

The workshop will be held in Nairobi, Kenya on July 24 and July 25 2023. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • The workshop is open to journalists based in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Journalists from print, television, online and radio, with a demonstrated track record of producing incisive, in-depth stories.
  • Demonstrate interest in social justice, digital rights and citizenship issues.
  • Permit Namati to have the right to re-publish and distribute any stories produced as a result of journalists’ participation in the workshop, once they are published in media outlets.

Please note:

  • Participants must commit to attending all two days of the workshop from July 24 to July 25, 2023.
  • Meals and local travel allowance will be provided.
  • Select journalists will receive a small reporting grant to undertake a Citizenship and Digital Identity investigation after the workshop.

How to Apply

  • Click here to apply.
  • Applicants must submit two published writing samples or links to stories that have appeared online.
  • Applicants must provide an approval letter from their editor or media outlet; freelancers may apply without a letter.

About the Citizenship Program

Namati Citizenship program works with communities who are Kenyans by law but are subjected to differential treatment when applying for documentation. Namati and our partners train and deploy community paralegals in six countries, including in Kenya. Paralegals are grassroots organizers with a sharp understanding of the law. They form a dynamic, creative frontline that can squeeze justice out of even broken systems. Rather than treating people like victims requiring expert service, community paralegals build power among the people – justice seekers – with whom they work.

June 30, 2023 | Namati