Catherine Kipsang, an IR major in her senior year, has recently co-founded a website,, aimed at improving transparency in Kenyan politics by allowing users to post information about the country's government leaders. "It sounds very obvious, probably to an American," Ms. Kipsang reflects, "but in Kenya you don't really have information about your leaders." Adding, "People don't interact with their leaders. People don't look at [leaders'] track records." In the absence of this information, the Kenyan electorate tends to vote for candidates based on ethnic ties, precluding transparency and popular accountability. At one post at a time, Ms. Kipsang's social media platform is working to nurture these essential ingredients to a democracy.

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