Reading Resources

The readings posted here are gathered from a wide array of researchers and contexts. They are not only informative but meant to facilitate reflection in classrooms.

Ethnic diversity is of particular importance to African Nations; how do we co-exist within colonial borders that split ethnic communities into two, three or even four countries? What answers do we have towards preventing ethnic violence and genocides in the present day? What opportunity does pluralism as an ethic of respect for difference present? How do educators address vexing questions often hanging unanswered in class rooms such as; how can a national identity be cultivated and enhanced in a multi-ethnic situation? Is ethnicity in Africa a political and social construct?

The readings invite educators to turn the ethnic diversity in their countries and classes into a resource.

August 21, 2020

Interview with Stephanie Kitchen, Managing Editor, International African Institute, London

Mdahalo Bridging Divides, Nairobi, Kenya Stephanie Kitchen (SK)*: Alice, you set up the imprint Mdahalo Bridging […]
August 21, 2020

Speech by Reverend Samuel Kobia, Chairman National Cohesion and Integration Commission at the Book launch of Kenya – Bridging Ethnic Divides

Opening Remarks by Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia on the book Kenya, Bridging Ethnic Divides; A […]
August 21, 2020

Details of Dedan Kimathi’s last moments

Freedom fighter Dedan Kimathi’s name has allocated itself a spot in the list of the […]
October 26, 2018

Women pressing on for progress in East Africa

The International Women’s Day (IWD) marked on March 8, celebrates the social, economic cultural and political achievements of women, and sets the tone for the month being Women’s Herstory month of choice.
October 26, 2018

Celebrating 60 years of faith, pluralism and improved life

In Summary The Aga Khan, 49th hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims […]
October 26, 2018

Ethnic violence: Teach your children well, their fathers’ hell will slowly go by

The mandate of the Commission, on which I served, is to mediate ethnic- and race-related conflicts and promote peaceful and harmonious coexistence in Kenya.
April 29, 2014

7 Myths Standing in the Way of Women’s Inclusion

In this official background paper for the 2013 Oslo Forum, Inclusive Security’s Director, Jacqueline O’Neill, and Kenyan Women Waging Peace Network member, Alice Nderitu, argue that meaningful inclusion of women in peace processes is in the best interest of mediators.
May 7, 2014

Kofi A. Annan: Universal values can help bridge the world’s divides

London – In a keynote speech, Kofi A. Annan will today warn that globalisation has brought immense opportunities but also risks and dislocations, which must be urgently addressed by all segments of society, from the community to international level.
May 8, 2014

What is the problem of Ethnicity in Africa?

What is the problem of ethnicity in Africa? Is there indeed a problem of ethnicity? Conventional wisdom suggests that ethnicity is phenomenally problematic in Africa It is held partly responsible for the 'irrationalities' of the development project, for political instability and weak national identity.