Kenya electoral crisis

The Nordic Africa Institute library staff has compiled this web dossier to coincide with the increased interest in the topic of the elections in Kenya, December 2007, and the following electoral crisis.

Literature in the library

Use the quick links below to locate titles dealing with topics of interest in the library catalogue, AfricaLit. The lists consist of literature - books and articles - in the form of fiction, non-fiction/factual information and official publications, as well as of other material.

Useful keywords

The library suggests the following keywords when searching the library catalogue: Kenya and conflicts, civil society, democracy, democratization, elections, electoral systems, ethnic conflicts, ethnic factors, ethnic groups, ethnic identity, ethnic minorities, ethnicicty, governance, human rights violations, interethnic relations, mass media, multipartyism, observation, parliament, political behaviour, political conflicts, political conditions, political crisis, political development, political leadership, political opposition, political participation, political parties, political pluralism, political systems, politicians, politics, presidency, voting.

Web links

This is a selection of websites dealing with the electoral crisis in Kenya. Many more items are available online on websites and in discussion forums. More links are found in the link collection A Guide to Africa on the Internet, which are related to this topic.


AfricaFiles is a network of people committed to Africa through its promotion of human rights, economic justice, African perspectives and alternative analyses. 

The AfricaFocus Bulletin and website

An independent website that features high-quality analysis and progressive advocacy on African issues, with particular attention to priority issues affecting the entire continent.

BBC Country Profile: Kenya

A full profile on Kenya with a guide to history, politics and economic background, incl. audio or video clips from BBC archives.

A guide to the Kenya elections, incl. articles, information on the government, parliament, elctoral commission, politial parties, the constitution and more. 

Kenya i kaos

A resource page on the situation in Kenya from the RORG-network, a network of Norwegian NGOs engaged in Development Education in Norway. Offers articles and links to news articles in Norwegian newspapers on-line. (In Norwegian

Kenya in crisis

A special report on the Kenya election crisis by BBC News, incl. latest news, articles, background information, views, analysis, video clippings  and more.

Kenya Red Cross Society

KRCS works on preventing and alleviating human suffering to the most vulnerable in the Kenyan community.

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Latest news on Kenya provided by 

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Pambazuka News

Weekly forum for social justice in Africa. Produced and published by Fahamu.

Selected online articles and reports

"Kenya: More Pressure Needed to Stop Violence" (1 February 2008), editor's note, AfricaFocus Bulletin.

"Demokratin står på spel i Afrika" (31 January 2008), article by Helena Bjuremalm, working for Sida in Nairobi, published in Upsala Nya Tidning. (In Swedish)

"The Consequences of Failure" (12 February 2008), article by Martin Kimani, member of Concerned Kenyan Writers.

"Kenya – Bakgrunn og analyse" (14 January 2008), article by Kjell Havnevik, senior researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute, published in Bistandsaktuelt and by the Nordic Africa Institute.

"Kenya's agony" (8 January 2008), article by David Anderson, Director of the African Studies Centre in the University of Oxford, published by the Royal Africa Society.

"Time to show greatness" (7 January 2008), article by Wangari Maathai, Nobel peace laureate 2004 and former member of the Kenyan parliament, published in The Guardian.

"Kenya on the brink
" (January 2008), article by David Anderson, Director of the African Studies Centre in the University of Oxford, published in the Prospect Magazine.

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