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Reporting tax research in Kenya

Panos London and Panos Eastern Africa worked with two main partners to convene a workshop for researchers, CSOs and Kenyan media representatives at Lake Naivasha in Kenya on 15–17 November 2009.

The first of these partners was CommGAP, a global programme at the World Bank which promotes the use of communication in governance reform programmes. The second partner was the Centre for the Future State (CFS), based at the Institute of Development Studies, UK. The CFS conducts research on governance, with a focus on the central role the interaction between state and society plays in constructing effective, accountable public institutions. The UK Department for International Development (DFID) and CommGAP provided funding for the workshop.

The purpose of the workshop was to build the capacity of all three groups – researchers, media and CSOs – to interact productively to increase coverage of tax and governance issues in the Kenyan media. Another workshop aim was to help establish a forum or network of collaborators in the East Africa region to assure continued debate and coverage of these issues.

The workshop resulted in increased media coverage, with research adding depth to the reporting – and the establishment of the East Africa Tax and Governance Network.

A case study has been produced on the approaches used and the result of the workshop and fellowship project: http://www.panos.org.uk/?lid=33709.

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