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.
May 1, 2014

From the Nakuru County peace accord (2010-2012) to lasting peace

The intense global spotlight that focused on the Kenyan crisis in 2007/8 and the mediation process that followed is a typical example of the high profile peace processes that we so often see in the media. The process that this case study details focuses on another facet which is part of the important work of peacemaking – longer term work with leaders in communities.
May 6, 2014

“It Is Better to Be a Refugee Than a Turkana in Kakuma”: Revisiting the Relationship between Hosts and Refugees in Kenya

The article echoes stories and perceptions of the hosts to the refugees in their day-to-day relations in Kakuma refugee camp with little emphasis on academic abstraction of refugee protection contained in international instruments but rather on the realities on the ground.
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.