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Welcome guest,we are grateful that you have taken your time to visit our site. The RU Center for Media, Democracy, Peace and Security was established in the Department of Communication, Journalism and Media Studies out of the conviction that the center can help advance research and knowledge dissemination Read More


  Kujenga Amani

The Center for Media, Democracy, Peace and Security (CMDPS)
was established in the Department of Communication, Journalism & Media Studies, School of Information, Communication & Media Studies by Dr. Fredrick O. Ogenga, Founding Director. The Center is designed to conduct high quality research in media, democracy, peace and security and generate knowledge consistent with Rongo University College vision of nurturing research, innovation and outreach initiatives for the betterment of communities both locally, nationally and internationally.The university college supports and recognizes the establishment of the Center and has got a lot of expectations from it going by its mission of community outreach.

The Center (CMDPS) calls for a uniquely African ideology of reporting news inspired by Africanism fused with elements of good journalism to sync with Western modes of expectations. It is envisioned that research projects from the Center will help influence policy issues on media, democracy, peace and security in Kenya, East Africa, Africa and beyond.

CMDPS MISSION:

To conduct research, policy advocacy, and public education and offer academic programs geared toward enhancing the generation and dissemination of public information to promote democracy, peace and security in Africa.

CMDPS VISION:

To be a global center of excellence in media, democracy, peace and security research and practice

Recently the Horn of Africa has been faced with serious challenges regarding peace and security as has the African continent as a whole. Part ofthe problem, it has emerged; is that the media often covers conflict sensationally therefore fuelling more violence. This center seeks to provide an opportunity to develop new approaches in conflict/news reporting (Hybrid Peace Journalism or HPJ) in conflict prone societies like Kenya in a manner that would encourage peaceful dialogue and deliberation rather than fueling violence and hatred. HPJ seeks to explore and rationalize the possibility of Africanism and African philosophy thereof in Journalism as a radical departure from Western approaches of news production that lead to sensationalism.


Recent Activity;
"Present and future trajectories of terrorists and armed non-state actors" at the Wilson Center which Dr. Ogenga participated in