KENYA: World Social Forum

Indymedia radio support for WSF 2007 from Kenya


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Several IMC members are traveling to Narobi, Kenya this month to support an Indymedia convergence during the seventh annual World Social Forum which runs January 20-25th. Media activists from Africa and around the world will be reporting in the World Social Forum, providing hands-on media production workshops, building two low-power radio stations in Kenya, and creating dialogue and cooperative production across borders.

Other IMC members are not traveling to Narobi but are staying at home to support the network by attempting to widen the discussion with the Global Listening Nodes project: a proposal to Syndicate content from different nodes in social centers and other alternative media outlets during the WSF and combine it with content from Nairobi also. A kind of global collaboration on both virtual and physical. Basically getting more social centres and other spaces to open up during WSF as local nodes around planet for people to go to to firstly listen to stuff live from kenya, but also maybe where they could have 2 way systems: being able to participate in forum without physically being there.

But the journey of the WSF has not been without its criticisms. Some claim that the Charter of Principles, which form the core of the WSF process, are not always adhered to with the result of alternative fora being created, as happened for the 2004 European Social Fora in London. Worse still is frustration with the entire social forum process, as happened at the 2002 Argentinian Social Forum because "Radical perspectives were not included within the forum's debate." But this year old and new African IMC´istas are working hard to attempt to take the WSF story to the next stage, and for that they are looking for ever more solidarity and collaboration.

WSF links : WSF official page | indymedia WSF page | WSF on wikipedia | Kenya Indymedia | Livre radio wiki | Global Listening Nodes | WSF 2007 in internatinal news : IPS | Ciranda | Lama | Demokrasia-Kenya-blog | Znet

Past IMC WSF coverage : 2006: Venezuela | Bamako, Mali | Pakistan (Znet) : 2005: Porto Alegre, Brazil : 2004 : Mumbai, India : 2003 : Porto Alegre, Brasil : 2002 : Porto Alegre, Brazil : 2001: Porto Alegre, Brazil

How you can help : Tune in: ((radiolivre)) (((imc))) International Radio Show | inform your community | make a listening node | contribute views to IMC-Kenya | Publicise locally | get local radio station to restream | donate cash to the project | tell us what else needs to be done

The World Social Forum is an annual gathering of participants in social movements for global justice, timed to coincide with the World_Economic_Forum.

The World Economic Forum is a meeting of business and political leaders in Davos, Switzerland, which is converted into a military security zone during the meeting, making demonstrations and coverage by Independent Media nearly impossible. Participants at the World Economic Forum are overwhelming European or American and male; non-governmental organizations such as Friends of the Earth and Public Citizen have been excluded from meetings after raising concerns, and Greenpeace withdrew after finding the group uncooperative on issues such as climate change.

The World Social Forum is held in the southern hemisphere each year and largely made up of participants in social movements in response to the poverty, inequality, war, sexism, and state suppression generated by policies pushed by participants of the World Economic Forum, the World Trade Organization, and other forces of global capital.

Rallying around the call of "Another World Is Possible," the World Social Forum has placed social justice, gender equality, peace, and defense of the environment on the agenda of the world’s peoples. World Social Forums have collectively expanded the democratic spaces of those seeking concrete, progressive alternatives to imperialist globalization.

Regional Social Forums meet throughout the year to support this work. Everyone is invited to the US Social Forum, June 27 through July 1, 2007 in Atlanta Georgia and the Midwest Social Forum. Our local School for Designing a Society will be traveling to the US Social Forum this year.

There have also been various other local Social Forums, European level, national level

Historically Indymedia has had a close relationship with the World Social Forum (WSF), as the Indymedia network of volunteer-run Independent Media Centers grew out of the same movement against neo-liberalism and for global justice that led to the WSF. The Indymedia network now includes over 170 Independent Media Centers on every continent but Antarctica. The Indymedia network has helped spread the world from the WSF from 2002 onwards, ensuring that an Independent Media Center is available at each WSF to allow diverse voices from the Forum to be heard.

This World Social Forum IMC will be focused on not only on reporting on the WSF, but on skill-sharing and solidarity between Indymedia and global justice activists. There will be workshops on web distribution of stories, audio production, radio station building, print publishing, silk screening, and consensus based decision-making. Another goal is to consolidate the energy of local activists in Kenya to resume and energize the formation of a permanent IMC in Kenya.

"Independent Media in Africa continues to be a challenge. While large parts of the populations in Africa still do not have access to democratic and independent media, they are lacking specifically access to more interactive media like the internet that enable not only to receive news but also to produce news globally. Thats why local, private and pirate radio stations or a free radio action and even small-scale newspapers form a strong force of independent media in many African countries. Devoted media activists maintain them. The WSF gives a great opportunity to continue networking between these local activists as much as discuss chances and possibilities to increase the use of the internet for networking and eventually producing more African news for within and beyond Africa," says Fabian, one of the organizers on the ground in Narobi. And so, trying to create free software alternatives of producing low-band web radio .

Indymedia organizers are working to bring delegates from Kenya, Mauritius, Cameroon, South Africa, Uganda, Nigeria and Mali to the World Social Forum Indymedia Convergence.

Watch and Kenya Indymedia as the stories unfold.

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dont forget

A 18.Jan.2007 18:25

Dont ignore Bush's war in Somalia next door.

news spreading to other IMC´s

((i)) Africa 18.Jan.2007 21:37

hi fellow imc´ers

the forum is from sat 20th - Thursday 25th of January (it starts in 2 days) and we are putting a call out for assistance to firstly promote that all this stuff is happening on local IMC´s and secondly to help us over the next week.

and news spreading to other IMC´s

IMC-BCN (barcelona)
feature proposed

IMC-UK (united kollectives)

IMC-Marseilles (France )

more to follow.......

regards from the Barcelona node.

wsf kenya : local and international news

dunk 20.Jan.2007 15:46

Global Exchange
Global Exchange invites you to join our delegation to the WSF for a chance to learn about Kenya and Africa through the eyes of its people, grassroots organizations, and from activists joining us from all around the world. : a portal on Southern civil societies

The World Association of the Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) will take an active part in the 7th edition of the WSF with the organisation of five workshops and a radiobraodcast that will be aired on the internet.

MS - Danish Association for International Co-operation - is a Danish NGO working to promote understanding and solidarity between people and, by co-operating across national and cultural boundaries, to contribute to sustainable global development and a just distribution of the earth's resources.

The East African Standard (Nairobi)
While the official carrier, the Kenya Airways, reports full bookings to Nairobi over this period, the organisers of the World Social Forum (WSF) say many more people are streaming in by other airlines, road and even on foot.

kenya times
Preparations for World Social Forum in top gear

WSF officials rue inequality, economic imbalance

inter press service international
A Race to Leave Informal Settlements Behind:
'Marathon for Basic Rights: Another World is Possible Even for Slum Dwellers'.

World Social Forum will open this weekend in Kenya

Kuangalia Nyuma Kabla ya Mkutano wa Nairobi
local dialect

IRIN : UN office for the coordination of human rights
World Social Forum descends on Kenya

De la Investigación a la Política y a la Acción, Nairobi, Kenia, 22-24 de enero 2007

the black commentator : weekly internet mag for african americans

Global summit in Kenya to focus on Africa's plight

Kenya: - The Sky is the Limit!

Pambazuka news : weekly forum for social justice in Africa
News from Nairobi at WSF 2007

Indymedia Africa - live radio being picked up in Barcelona

((i) 22.Jan.2007 13:08

Radio Streaming Link
Various Interviews and Radio Programms have been prepared in the IMC. To listen to them go to

Programm decriptions:

1) Arthur Awuor
This interview was recorded in Kangemi, one of the largest slums in Nairobi. Arthur Awuor is a member of the youth group Proactive. The interview was recorded by madhava.
2)This is an interview with Awil Naidoo from Blue Planet, an organization based in Canada that works on water rights issues. It was recorded by madhava.
3)This interview was recorded in Kangemi, one of the largest slums in Nairobi. Christopher Chege Thande is a founding member of the youth group Proactive. This interview was recorded by madhava.
4)This interview was recorded in Kangemi, one of the largest slums in Nairobi. Gloria works with the youth group Proactive. This interview was recorded by Zoe.
5)This interview was recorded by Douglas Rori in Korokocho on Friday Jan 19th 2007.
6)This is an interview with Saida Ali. She works with the Young Women Leadership Institute. I met her just outside the WSF gates where she and her group were selling tee shirts with "This is what a feminist looks like" printed on them.
all on

and from some infos from the lists:

Hello to all !

From the studio on the top of Karasani Stadium where technically,
everything is ready to broadcast (Internet, computers, FM transmitter,

Some contents are being recolted.
Most of them will be in english, but some people are doing it in

Nothing is really clear about which indymedia site to be used. is almost empty now.

Don't know either where the live radio will be broadcasting, but this
adress is functionnal and broadcasting now :

Try to do better in the hours that comes...


IMC-radio team held up in Naorobi by gunpoint this evening

fuspey 22.Jan.2007 18:46

I just spoke BY phone with the IMC crew on the ground in naoirobi: an eventful day, full of up´s and down´s was the first statement followed by "we got held up by gunpoint - we are all ok though, everyone´s fine. they came, held us up and took off with our radio equipment and other stuff". Another IMC´er said that they were ok but that their work will be affected, the chances of doing the radio show on wednesday are slim to none.

changing the world: collaboration needed : trying to listen to Africa....

((i)) Africa 23.Jan.2007 20:28

Attempts to describe the situation as things stood earlier, and sort of still stand now. An attempt to get people to collaborate to ensure that there is a "global listening node" tomorow so that the radio show happens.
The post to imc-ie was also a request for help and a bit of the background of attempts to "try" this experiment for some time

link found at

Presently there are people new to imc-chat trying to work together to sort things to ensure stream happens

It has been a long few days, with unfortately no live audio coming from kenya to the node i write now from in Barcelona; la quimera

but we hope that tomorow we are successful

eitherway, Barcelona will broadcast, and if all goes well, so to will Dublin and Naorobi: together they will make a 2 hour show. together, they and others will listen to each others realities

Finally word from Africa..... + tek support for Dublin node

((i)) 24.Jan.2007 11:02

IMC Africa list - we can not reach the IMC Kenya website - please post this
to and on our behalf - D\

WE ARE BACK ON THE AIR! ... RADIO HURU is broadcasting within the World
Social Forum as a demonstration project, after being robbed at gunpoint two
nights ago. Everyone is safe, but lots of equipment was stolen including a
laptop from a French indymedia activist with a lot of data. Three indymedia
women were told to lie on the floor while the robbers took what they could
carry and then locked them in the studio. Luckily they were found within
the half hour by a Kenya IMC member.

The police responded to our report by asking us what we were doing so far up
in the stadium where the World Social Forum is going on. We were provided
with a press sky box in the stadium – two floors higher than most activities
– to establish an independent media studio. The police never wrote a
report, nor were they interested in looking at photos we took of the robbers
who had visited us earlier in the day.

Today we are back on air, broadcasting interviews we have collected from the
surrounding slums of Nairobi – airing many of the voices that are not heard
here at the World Social Forum, which, although affordable by some
standards, is not affordable for those who are living in shacks made out of
garbage with little or no source of income. 65 percent of Nairobi residents
live in 5 percent of the land in slums with little to no infrastructure.

About 20 African citizen-journalists – most of them producing audio for the
first time – have created hours of interviews about the issues of housing,
HIV/AIDS policies, gay and lesbian rights, human rights, youth issues, and
the importance of independent media.

We have nearly zero access to internet the entire time we have been here.
Power outages, viruses, broken equipment, stolen equipment, and total
internet unreliability both at the WSF, our home connection, and throughout
Nairobi has set back our hopes to share the audio we have gathered in the
immediate term. A few days ago, we were able to upload 1 or 2 MB files
after many many hours of work. The website has not been
accessible for days. Having started with 6 minidisc recorders, we are now
down to 2. We hope to post all audio after some of our delegation return to
a more reliable connection this weekend.

So we have turned our focus way from the internet, producing a 5,000 piece
newspaper on the WSF activities in English and Kiswahili. We are also
focused on radio production, now broadcasting using a demonstration
transmitter and antenna built by African Indymedia activists with the help
of the Prometheus Radio Project.

Central to the work of this Indymedia delegation has been establishing
relationships and helping to link many groups within Nairobi.

Koch FM, the first ghetto radio, is about to start broadcasting again from
Korogocho, Kenya after being shut down by the Kenyan communications
commission last June. They were broadcasting without a license on part of
the spectrum not used by other radio stations. They have build a swank 3
room studio out of an shipping container – complete with audio production
facilities and two studios. They are helping to DJ RadioHuru, our
temporary station just three floors above me.

Pro-Active Youth is working with a coalition of 20 organizations in Kangemi,
Kenya, another slum to on the Northeast side. They are hoping to develop a
radio station in Kangemi to empower youth, talk about the issues facing
those in Kangemi, and speak a different picture of the slum – one full of
creativity, talent, and hard work with no access and no chances.

We travel next to Maseno University in Kisumu, Kenya to build another
transmitter to establish a university radio station as an interface between
their communications department and the community.

Kenya Indymedia is greatly strengthened by this convergence and we hope to
continue to build solidarity across borders for global justice and free

- Ida

[Imc-africa] Marseille updates

((i)) Africa 24.Jan.2007 12:04

(no possible to publish in kenya indymedia for this
moment, i send that by email)

We are in a zapatist space in Marseille, a local event
for make some nodes with the wsf in Nairobi. In this 3
days we have many discussions about the
altermondialist network, and the diffusion in the
local level. Media Activist from Nawak collectif make
project for films with the inhabitant of Noailles.

For streaming and broadcast we bigup zoul and the team
for the work and we hope the internet connexion are
not failure. Sometimes we have problem for access to
Indymedia Kenya and Marseille. But we can communicate
it's the principally.

The many articles about the Wsf in the features are in
french language, if you have a possibility for
translate for help !
We receive streaming with the amarc radio community
project, the italian media activist are really active
!! Here in Marseille we are a little

Our reflexion about this project its we see the
possibility for many nodes but for this moment, the
technic capacity are limited, maybe because we don't
have a big support with the comity who coordinate the
wsf processus. This answer are really important, when
we see a private agency who make the official
diffusion for the forum...

The action from CADTM and other social movement are
really important, open the door of the wsf...or close
the wsf

Other reflexion in the update


Indyprint by IMC Nairobi (Jan. 25, 2007 )

((i)) Africa 29.Jan.2007 14:51

In it you find the groundbreaking news, that one of the main catering outlets at the forum, expensive and centrally located, belongs to the Kenyan Security minister. Two days later, the WSF admitted this, yet refused to publish contracts to the public. We need more pressure to shed light on the corruption cases that might have been taken place in the WSF 2007

download PDF (1.2 mebibytes) :

originally posted on imc-kenya

The impact of the World Social Forum on the people of Kibera: "a Failure"

((i)) Africa 29.Jan.2007 14:54

Audio interview and transcript: The impact of the World Social Forum (WSF) on the people of Kibera: "People think it is quite a failure" radio interview with Pastor Nick Macharia, PEPKAG and Tenderfeet #GLN_Radio : ((i)) WSF International Radio

show : Barcelona, Dublin, Naorobi.
date : Monday 22 January 2007
Apologies for poor sound quality, interview done with audio recorder held to earpiece of phone in call shop in Barcelona

listen to audio recording:

((i))Africa - Ok so im on the phone here with pastor Nick Macharia who is speaking from Kibera, in Nairobi, in Kenya. The world social forum is on at the moment. Macharia can you tell us about the impact of the World Social Forum in Kibera, what people think about it, are they being listened to, are they getting a chance to tell their story to the world and can things be improved also?

M - People think it is quite a failure, the impact has not been felt in the slums because one, the participation of the people in the slum has not been realised. Because apart from the organisers, they are buying some tee-shirts and taking them to the slum "Kibera for peace" and marching, there isnt much. Because people on the ground dont know even what the world social forum is for and the ideals, and again the occasion the _____________________ its very far away from the slum. If people from the slum have to participate they have to pay more than a hundred shillings 2 and 4, and they are not able to raise that money because they live below the povery line, less than dollar a day, so if you tell these people to give 2 or 3 dolars to attend that meeting, then it does not bring anything to them. Initially we thought that the best way was to take ask at a meeting where the problem is. we dont see the need of people going outside kibera to speak about the problems of Kibera and there is space and everything is there in Kibera. I think if are to make impact the organisers will see the importance of going to the people who really need these services and cutting off those people who only want to make cash out of the situation.

((i))Africa - And is there talk of some of the independant media people coming out to Kibera?

M - Independant media - Yeah i recieved a telephone call from Daniela and she they told me about the kind of people who will be coming to Kibera to _________________ among the peole there and to see for themselves what we are doing there. And Im glad because _____________________________ in the afternoon, they told me we will meet here in town and go there and they are waiting to do some interviews and perhaps to give our overview over the whole thing.

((i))Africa - Aswell as the situation, what message can come from Kibera or is coming from kibera? Has Kibera something to tell the world, has it something to offer the world in terms of people working together or solidarity, or just trying to deal with situations as best you can?

m - I think the message is very clear that these people feel abused. Now that we are living in times when the information is accessible to them and now they know what they need and they can be able to ___________ more clear because they are more informed than they used to be. I think the message is if people are sincere to come and help the Kibera people they should come directly to them and give land assistance directly. But when that assistance goes through other stages sometimes they feel people are using them to make ______________ as they want.

((i))Africa - In terms of the housing situation, are things getting better or worse for the people in Kibera?

m - I think it is not right to even use the word house because houses are not there in the slum. You should call them ghettos or something because as far as i now from the stations of the courts? this a crown land, nobody can own a house there. They are not houses they are only some ineffectual things and these are not owned by the people who live in them,
they are owned by people who are wealthy. Because this is the only place which is near the town, many people move from rural areas, they want to come and look for greener pastures in the town, they will choose to come to Kibera where they can walk to the town to look for greener pasture and because of this you find that the issue of housing is not there becuase you can find one room with so many people living in the same room. Its quite pathethic because even toilets and other things like bathrooms and what have you, are not there.

((i))Africa - Ok, well we will do as best we can to try to get that message from Kibera out to the world and hopefully people will listen and find out more about Kibera and from that offer support more support or assistance or whatever in the future. So Macharia, thank you for your time and tell the people of Kibera that we are thinking about them and waiting to hear from them.

m - Yeah, thankyou very much.

relateed info about Kibera :
Macharias journey: Kibera and a story of Hope

article appears on imc-kenya:

and on imc-íe
changing the world: collaboration needed

WSF report

part of ((i)) Africa team 17.Jul.2007 14:54

The WSF, Opposition to the WEF, New Anti-Capitalist Space

(still being edited, original post from Indymedia UK : The WSF and Opposition to the WEF )

From 20th till 25th of January 2007 the World Social Forum (WSF) took place in Nairobi, Kenya. It is the seventh Forum which coincides in opposition to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos Switzerland.Up to a 100 000 participants were reported at the WSF though criticism of exclusivity because of high entrance fees was raised from the local population. (The impact of the WSF on the people of Kibera: "a Failure" | Kibera fails poor). This lead to the local population storming the entrance and the overpriced catering: What happened in Nairobi .Sarah Choukah has written that the WSF "failed to address in an articulate way one of the main global issues: today’s ongoing wars in the Middle East and Central Asia".For this WSF IMCistaŽs tried to "create a new space for global civil society to work in and out of from, both during the WSF and beyond", as part of an ambitious Global Listening Nodes project. The International Radio Show between Naoirobi, Dublin and Barcelona about housing happened with only limited success due to the Kenyan Indymedia Radio station being robbed by armed gunmen. But perhaps a new Anti-Capitalist space has been opened up? (Audios : 2 hour GLN radio show | robbery )Reports about the WSF on Indymedia sites: [ | IMC Kenya (1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5) | IMC UK (1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5) | Israel Indy | Germany IMC | Ecuador IMC | Argentina IMC | Athens IMC | Belgium | IMC Ireland
| IMC Ireland (1 | 2) | Norway IMC | IMC UK | IMC Philadelphia | Barcelona IMC | LA IMC | Houston IMC | Marseille IMC (1 | 2)
Meanwhile in the Northern Hemisphere, activists were marching and mobilising against the WEF in Davos, Switzerland. Further reports: Switzerland IMC (German | Italian), IMC Netherlands

2 years later : 9th World Social Forum Kicks Off in Brazil

imc-ie dunk 28.Jan.2009 17:13

all infos, links etc found on new article on IMC-IE

Another World is possible! Is it? If so, how?

In Brazil, more than one hundred thousand people are gathering for the ninth World Social Forum. A crowd of some fifty thousand kicked off the event Tuesday with a march through the Amazon city of Belem. The World Social Forum gathers social movements from around the world under the theme of ‘another world is possible.’ It’s timed to coincide with the gathering of corporate leaders in the Swiss town of Davos.

Listen to the live broadcast, when available from AMARC:

WSF 2009 @ Belém - Pará - Brasil (27 feb - 1 feb, 2009) :

Another World is possible!
Rallying around the call of "Another World Is Possible," the World Social Forum has placed social justice, gender equality, peace, and defense of the environment on the agenda of the world’s peoples. World Social Forums have collectively expanded the democratic spaces of those seeking concrete, progressive alternatives to imperialist globalization.

Why Belém, Brazil?
The city was chosen to host the 2009 edition of the global forum in order to highlight the importance of the Amazon region for the entire world, and because its local cultural, political and economic reality is strongly linked to many WSF issues, such as bio-diversity, climate change, ethnic and cultural diversity, colonialism, militarism and the various connections between labour and production (from subsistence mineral extraction to hi-tech industry).

Another World is possible! Is it? If so, how?
This post is not a dig at the social forum process, rather a question pondering whether this process is of any importance to us now on the distant side of this planet of suffering. Currently, there is no mention of this event on, indymedia Ireland or some of the email lists circulating amongst those working in Irish social movements and beyond.

How do those of us, many miles away, and in a different sense, many worlds away from Belém view these goings on? Do we have anything to contribute, do we have anything to learn, are there ways in which this process / event can be improved upon? When first it started, many felt something special was growing. In Ireland we had our own social forum(s), for many, both global and local they felt there was hijacking moves being made, at other times it was felt just to be yet another thing not worth bothering about. 2 years ago, when the WSF happened in Kenya, some of us tried to "horizontalise" the social forum process, to connect different communities in struggle with others in similar situations on other sides of the planet, we used radio streaming technology to listen live to others` stories, to a small extent we succeeded. Communities in Barcelona listening to Mary Cummings from the north wall womens centre talking about their story about the topic of "housing" felt similar things at play, corruption, speculation, inability for normal people to get adaquate housing...

The question im simply trying to pose is, does this social forum process still matter? If not, why did it fail? And lastly, if its something which still matters, and it just seems not much is happening in our part of the world about it, what can be done to improve things?

World Social Forum 2008 - Global

The eighth World Social Forum in 2008 was not organized at a particular place, but globally, which means by thousands of autonomous local organizations, on or around January 26. They are also known as the Global Call for Action.