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The Center for Media, Democracy, Peace and security
is a media research center based within the precincts of Rongo University College anchored on the University's vision of nurturing research, innovation and outreach initiatives for the betterment of communities both locally, nationally and internationally.

The Horn of Africa and Africa at large, is facing serious challenges regarding peace and security and democracy is still threatened in most parts of the continent. The Media is currently being blamed as being part of the problem due the sensational ways conflicts around the continent are covered; which fuels more violence.

However, the reason why the media covers conflict in a particular manner is a theoretical concern . Journalists in Africa are trained to cover events in a manner that does not give an opportunity to cover their historicity and context. Therefore, events lack nuance and are often covered sensationally and misrepresented. The media is often guilty of representing one side of the conflict as victims or losers and the other side as winners thereby fuelling more violence. It is envisioned that research projects from the center will help influence policy issues on media, democracy, peace and security in East Africa and beyond.

The Center for Media, Democracy and Peace has initiated the following activities as part of its goal for ensuring Peace Journalism takes precedent in the Horn of Africa Region and Africa as a whole, while also making sure events are reported accurately as they occurred.

The Center for Media, Democracy, Peace and Security
aims at ensuring continuous research projects on issues relating to media, peace and security by engaging in the following:

Publication of research findings and policy briefs

Fostering the development of the MA degree and the Certificate programs on Media, Democracy, and Peace Studies at RUC

Supporting doctoral students in the areas of media,peace and Democracy studies at Rongo University College.

Organzing journalism institutes with focus on both traditional journalism and new/social media citizens-journalism;

Organizing academic and policy workshops for journalists, security officers, public communication officers;

Building collaboration with domestic and international NGOs, government agencies, security agencies, universities, grassroots, community leaders, etc.;especially Kenya and its region (East Africa)

Maintaining information resource and providing free public access, including an up-to-date web page.

Host visiting scholars, exchange students, journalists, and policy advocates

Join other activities that promote the mission of the center