Data

General Issues
Human Rights & Civil Rights
Education
Social Welfare
Specific Topics
Freedom of Speech
Government Corruption
Collections
UA Clinton School of Public Service Students
Location
Nairobi
Nairobi County
Kenya
Scope of Influence
City/Town
Videos
Kibera - Good Governance Festival 2012 - Culture Connect
Good Governance Festival in Kibera
Ongoing
Yes
Time Limited or Repeated?
Repeated over time
Purpose/Goal
Develop the civic capacities of individuals, communities, and/or civil society organizations
Approach
Social mobilization
Citizenship building
Civil society building
Spectrum of Public Participation
Inform
Total Number of Participants
400
Open to All or Limited to Some?
Open to All With Special Effort to Recruit Some Groups
Recruitment Method for Limited Subset of Population
not
General Types of Methods
Informal conversation spaces
Experiential and immersive education
General Types of Tools/Techniques
Inform, educate and/or raise awareness
Specific Methods, Tools & Techniques
Q&A Session
Legality
Yes
Facilitators
Yes
Facilitator Training
Untrained, Nonprofessional Facilitators
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Face-to-Face
Types of Interaction Among Participants
Storytelling
Ask & Answer Questions
Listen/Watch as Spectator
Information & Learning Resources
Expert Presentations
Written Briefing Materials
Decision Methods
Idea Generation
Communication of Insights & Outcomes
Artistic Expression
Independent Media
Public Report
Type of Organizer/Manager
Community Based Organization
International Organization
Non-Governmental Organization
Funder
ActionAid Kenya
Type of Funder
Community Based Organization
International Organization
Non-Governmental Organization
Staff
No
Volunteers
No
Evidence of Impact
Yes
Types of Change
Changes in people’s knowledge, attitudes, and behavior
Changes in civic capacities
Implementers of Change
Elected Public Officials
Stakeholder Organizations
Formal Evaluation
No

CASE

Kibera Kenya Good Governance Festival

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General Issues
Human Rights & Civil Rights
Education
Social Welfare
Specific Topics
Freedom of Speech
Government Corruption
Collections
UA Clinton School of Public Service Students
Location
Nairobi
Nairobi County
Kenya
Scope of Influence
City/Town
Videos
Kibera - Good Governance Festival 2012 - Culture Connect
Good Governance Festival in Kibera
Ongoing
Yes
Time Limited or Repeated?
Repeated over time
Purpose/Goal
Develop the civic capacities of individuals, communities, and/or civil society organizations
Approach
Social mobilization
Citizenship building
Civil society building
Spectrum of Public Participation
Inform
Total Number of Participants
400
Open to All or Limited to Some?
Open to All With Special Effort to Recruit Some Groups
Recruitment Method for Limited Subset of Population
not
General Types of Methods
Informal conversation spaces
Experiential and immersive education
General Types of Tools/Techniques
Inform, educate and/or raise awareness
Specific Methods, Tools & Techniques
Q&A Session
Legality
Yes
Facilitators
Yes
Facilitator Training
Untrained, Nonprofessional Facilitators
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Face-to-Face
Types of Interaction Among Participants
Storytelling
Ask & Answer Questions
Listen/Watch as Spectator
Information & Learning Resources
Expert Presentations
Written Briefing Materials
Decision Methods
Idea Generation
Communication of Insights & Outcomes
Artistic Expression
Independent Media
Public Report
Type of Organizer/Manager
Community Based Organization
International Organization
Non-Governmental Organization
Funder
ActionAid Kenya
Type of Funder
Community Based Organization
International Organization
Non-Governmental Organization
Staff
No
Volunteers
No
Evidence of Impact
Yes
Types of Change
Changes in people’s knowledge, attitudes, and behavior
Changes in civic capacities
Implementers of Change
Elected Public Officials
Stakeholder Organizations
Formal Evaluation
No

The Good Governance Festival is held in Kibera Kenya each year by ActionAid Kenya. It is an event that brings community members together over music, guest speakers, and informational booths to promote change and activism.

Problems and Purpose

Each year, the Good Governance Festival addresses different problems facing the Nairobi slum of Kibera Kenya, but the overarching goal is to give the people living there a voice. The event is used to bring those voices together to advocate for change and to promote good governance in the capital of Nairobi, Kenya.[1]

Background History and Context

The Good Governance Festival was created by ActionAid in 2010 to bring Kenyan and International musicians to Kibera due to the continuous corruption of the Kenyan government and failed policies towards Kibera.[2] It was also created for a community which typically is unable to attend other music shows throughout the capital city of Nairobi.[2] While the musicians showcase their skills, they also use the platform to address good governance and to provide the community with an opportunity to ask questions and to voice their own concerns. Additionally, the music festival has another function by allowing community members the opportunity to interact together with their leaders. This is the first time this process has been used like this in Kibera.

Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities

ActionAid Kenya is the organization in charge of the event with partners such as Culture Connect, Kibera Community Development Agenda, Activista, and Global Platform and Korogocho FM. ActionAid Kenya and their global parent, ActionAid, are the primary funding sources.[1]

Participant Recruitment and Selection

The event is open to the public and all of those who reside in Kibera are encouraged to attend. Participants to the event vary year-to-year with estimates ranging from 500 to 10,000 festival attendees.[1]

Methods and Tools Used

Before each festival the committee decides on a theme and any relevant political topics. Such topics range from childhood education, tax reform, elections, and voter registration. Then musicians are selected who will engage participants while also stimulating participants at the festival. Some of these musicians, keynote speakers, and other speakers will provide information to the crowd and will also ask for questions. Additionally, there are booths where pamphlets and informational items are handed out and participants are able to join in dialogue sessions. 

What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation

Little is actually deliberated at these events and no decisions are made. However, the public is encouraged to attend face-to-face and interact to learn more about issues affecting them. The keynote speakers and musicians typically welcome community members to share the stage with them and the speakers also conduct Q&A sessions. The public is also allowed to voice their concerns and with local leaders in attendance and those leaders are able to listen to the community. Additionally, all in attendance are able to sit in small circles at various booths to interact in informal dialogue sessions.

Influence, Outcomes, and Effects

This event is big on advocacy but there is not much data on if the community members are able to create any change through these festivals. However, it is important to note that by bringing music to an area that typically never has concerts or large public forums, that it is empowering the the area. The main outcome intended by this event is an increase in advocacy for change to an area that needs it and to promote good governance in the capital of Nairobi, Kenya.[1] Additionally, an outcome is that by educating Kiberan residents on political issues and providing them the opportunity to speak, this process is essentially giving the members a voice when they may not have had one. It also lets the community know that local leaders and the international community are listening, as well as one another. In the end, there is an increase in community bonds amongst Kiberan residents, increased trust in non-governmental organizations, and increase in knowledge about issues affecting Kibera and how to best handle those issues.[1]

Analysis and Lessons Learned

No formal evaluations of the entire process and/or of the participants’ experience could be found at this time. However, this process is great for getting a community together and providing support and information. Kenyan politics are typically corrupt and when it comes to the slums, politicians overpower the locals.[3] By providing community events and empowering the neighborhood, people can start advocating for good governance that is not corrupt and that listens to those who live in the slums of Nairobi. 

See Also

Q&A Session

References

[1] ActionAid Kenya (2016). Making Everyone Accountable. Retrieved from http://www.actionaid.org/kenya/news/making-everyone-accountable [BROKEN LINK] 

[2] Seestworld [username] (Dec 29, 2012). Kibera Good Governance Festival 2012 - Culture Connect [video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZQD4vFyTW8 

[3] Barcott, R. (2011). It happened on the way to war: A marine’s path to peace. New York: Bloomsbury. 

[4] KiberaNewsNetwork [username] (Jun 4, 2010). Good Governance Festival in Kibera [video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_E6PwhFvaG4 

[5] Odeny Salim [username] (Dec 15, 2012). Odeny Salim – Kibera Good Governance Festival.mp4 [video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIRbhwNFQrQ 

External Links

A Festival for Good Governance in Kibera, ActionAid: http://www.actionaid.org/activista/2012/12/festival-good-governance-kibera [DEAD LINK]

Notes

The original submission of this case entry was written by Damien Powell, a Master of Public Service candidate at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. The views expressed in the current version are those of the authors, editors, or cited sources, and are not necessarily those of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.