The Kenya Media Programme (KMP) aims at improving the quality of journalism in Kenya. It wants to contribute to a responsive, representative and accountable government, and therefore to a more stable Kenya with improved quality of life for its men and women. As a key provider of information, media is a critical driver in this process.
KMP’s desired outputs include:
- Reduced impunity for elected representatives, officials and public institutions.
- Key constitutional and electoral reforms to be enacted by the next general election, with implementation of the majority of legal provisions by 2014.
- Responsiveness of service delivery enhanced by an increase in citizens’ participation in decision-making.
As a dedicated media facility, the KMP provides a range of activities aimed at improving the professionalism and effectiveness of the media in Kenya. The programme focuses particularly on public interest and investigative or quality journalism.To strengthen media institutions and policies, and support quality media productions and inclusive policies and research, financial resources are made available for media-related institutions, development organisations, training institutes, policy and research initiatives, media houses and journalists. Furthermore, tailor-made forums called ‘media spheres’, which provide media practitioners the opportunity to network, discuss ideas and debate issues facing the Kenyan media industry, form a key element of our work.
From the start of the programme, KMP has been able to make its impact felt within the Kenyan media space. So far it has:
- awarded fifty grants to individual journalists and nine to media institutions,
- hosted four media learning spheres ,
- engaged a team of mentors who work with the individual grant recipients,
- built the KMP brand within the Kenya media fraternity dedicated to building the country’s media sector.
Hivos shares KMP’s belief that strengthening media can be a way to push for societal change through increased citizen engagement. Ordinary citizens can drive and shape their own development and political system if they are exposed to factual information and ideas for change, and have access to practical tools and examples of how to turn ideas into actions.