Dipesh Pabari is a Kenyan writer and freelance education and communications consultant. He sits on the Editorial Board for Awaaz Magazine (a journal for South Asians in diaspora) and Wajibu (a journal
My working experience in media and communications in general has led me to cultivate using online media to effect positive change. For example, in response to the post-election crises, I initiated a blog (Sukuma Kenya) to raise awareness and funds for victims in Kisumu. In less than one month, I raised approximately $12,000 which was used for IDPs by an established charity in Kisumu (Ladies In Action). I continue to run the blog as a civil activist and a number of other blogs on a variety of issues. Sukuma Kenya and Ladies In Action were recently awarded a prize in the Unsung Peace Heroes national recognition competition. The blog is currently ranked in the top 5 Kenyan blogs and in the top 60 African blogs by Afrigator (Africa's largest blog aggregator) out of an existing 7000 blogs.
My previous positions has brought on a wealth of experience, and contacts in traditional media and new media. I have learnt to use the power of online social networking and media (specifically Web 2.0 tools) for both creative purposes and to enhance positive change. I have been involved directly with National Geographic productions as well as developing media stories that have been picked up by a range of top media houses including Reuters, AP, and AFP.
You will note that I have also taken on Management positions in the different organizations I have been attached to which contributed immensely to understanding the importance of strategic planning with a holistic approach as well as traditional and online fundraising, implementation and coordination of projects.
Moreover, with a long term passion for the arts, I have been fortunate to have gained experience in events management. Last year alone, I was the Director of the South Asian Fusion Festival (www.samosafestival.com) and the co-organiser of the Kwani Literary Festival (www.kwanilitfest.com)
I have recently completed a consultancy contract designing a master course to use the internet for research and advocacy as well as holding a part-time consultancy to improve the fundraising and marketing of a local ecotourism organization called the Colobus Trust based on the south coast of Kenya.
Currently working as the Africa Program Manager for a Responsible Travel Company called Camps International (www.campsinternational.com)
§ Director of SAMOSA Festival 2008
§ Member of the Editorial Board for Awaaz, and regular contributor
§ Member of the Editorial Board for Wajibu, and regular contributor
§ Manage a social activism blog (http://sukumakenya.blogspot.com) rated in the top 4 Kenyan blogs and top 60 in Africa
§ Regular contributor to online journals and new sites (Pambazuka, AfricaNews, Kenya Imagine)
§ Regular contributor to TN/Twende Magazine, (Travel, News and Lifestyle – East Africa)
§ Regular contributor to the East African Weekly Newspaper
Online fundraising for humanitarian relief and poverty reduction in Kisumu, Kenya
· “Samosas and stereotypes” East African, 15th December 2008
· “Male Circumcision: Cutting a piece of Culture” Wajibu Magazine, December 2008
· “Power, Politics and HIV/AIDS in the African blogosphere” Pambazuka, December 2008
· “The Bush Bloggers” Environmental Barometer, August 2008
· “To Leave or Not to Leave” Awaaz Magazine, August 2008
· “TAITA: A Road Less Travelled” Twende East Africa, August 2008
· “Jahazi Sets Sail Again” TN Magazine, June 2008
· “Far From the Mara Crowd” TN Magazine, April 2008
· “Muhindi Blood, Kenya Damu” Awaaz, February 2008
· “Guns, Gorillas and Blogs” TN Magazine, January 2008
· “For the Times they are Changing (or Not)” Wajibu, November 2007
· “Conservation or Consumption” TN Magazine, August 2007
· “Mombasa’s Mystery Tunnels” Old Africa Magazine, July 2007
· Dipesh Pabari and Lila Luce (Editors) ‘The Unlikely Burden and other short stories’ , Sasa Sema Publications, September 2006
· “Pygmy Hunted” The Unlikely Burden and other short stories, Sasa Sema Publications September 2006
· “Donkeys of Usa River” Animals International Issue 73 2006
· “Sierra Leone’s Strays” Animals International Issue 72 2005
· “Capitalist Curries and Categorical Conquistadores” Awaaz Issue 3 2004
· “On Mimicry and Language.” Kwani02 Publications May 2004.
· Dipesh Pabari, Billy Obare, Kawango Agot, Jeckoniah Ndinya-Achola, Robert Bailey – “Community Beliefs About a Clinical Trial of Male Circumcision in Kisumu, Kenya." ICASA Conference September 2003.
Violet Matiru, Duncan Odima, Dipesh Pabari, Chris Thuku, Janet Awimbo – “Forest Cover and Forest Reserves in Kenya: Policy and Practice.” IUCN Kenya 2000.
Sukuma Kenya and Ladies In Action were recently awarded a prize in the Unsung Peace Heroes national recognition competition. The blog is currently ranked in the top 5 Kenyan blogs and in the top 60 African blogs by Afrigator (Africa's largest blog aggregator) out of an existing 7000 blogs.