76% Of Kenyans Trust NGOs More Than Businesses

By Soko Directory Team / Published April 10, 2024 | 7:27 am



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The 2024 Edelman Trust Barometer Kenya report reveals that NGOs are the most trusted to integrate innovation into society with 76% of Kenyans trusting them – putting them ahead of business (70% trust), media (66%), and government (47%).

This elevated trust in NGOs can be attributed to a lack of confidence in other institutions, with 80% of Kenyans worried about government leaders, 72% about business leaders, and 65% about journalists and reporters “purposely trying to mislead people by saying things they know are false or gross exaggerations.” Consequently, Kenyans are more inclined to trust their peers (76%) and scientists (74%) for truthful information about innovations and technologies, even ahead of NGO representatives and other expert sources.

The report further states that 72% of Kenyans say if businesses partner with the government, they will trust it more with technology-led changes which emphasizes the need for businesses to collaborate with other stakeholders for change and for science to integrate with society through dialogue and engagement.

Alarmingly, 50% of Kenyans believe science has become politicized in Kenya, and 63% say that governments and organizations funding research wield excessive influence over scientific endeavors.

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This perception contributes to a broader perception that innovation is mismanaged, with those perceiving poor management more likely to believe technology and society are changing too quickly and not in ways that benefit “people like me.”

“Building trust in innovation is critical and failing to do so can lead to skepticism, resistance, and missed opportunities for progress. It’s imperative that we not only innovate but also communicate effectively, ensuring that advancements are understood, accessible, and aligned with the needs of Kenyans,” said Corazon Sefu Wandimi, Managing Director of Edelman Kenya.

When it comes to acceptance of innovation, 65% of Kenyans say that they reject the growing use of GMO foods, while the same percentage embraces green energy. Furthermore, Kenyans have overwhelmingly endorsed technical experts (85%), scientists (84%), and academics (83%) to lead the

charge in implementing innovation, underscoring the need for these leaders to play a significant role in managing the introduction of new technologies. However, a notable 41% of Kenyans—nearly on par with the global average of 45%—express that scientists do not know how to communicate with “people like me,” calling for science to be made more transparent and accessible to the public.

This brings out the key importance of giving individuals control over their future when it comes to embracing innovation. The report acknowledges that when people feel in control of how innovations affect their lives, they are more likely to embrace them. These findings underscore a unique trust dynamic within an African context, presenting an unparalleled opportunity for stakeholders to harness this trust in forwarding technological and societal advancements.

Restoring trust in the promise of innovation necessitates prioritizing its implementation as much as the innovation itself; creating an environment for businesses to partner for change; integrating science with society; and giving people control over how innovation impacts their future.

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Other key findings for Kenya from the 2024 Edelman Trust Barometer include: 

76% of Kenyans trust NGOs to integrate innovation into society, putting them ahead of government, business and

Social media leads as the top source of information about new technologies and innovations for Kenyans, ahead of online searches, national media and local This is where Kenyans say they get most of their information about new technologies and innovations:

76% social media (net)

67% online searches

50% National media

50% local media

43% of Online influencers

To earn or keep their trust as good managers of change, about 9 in 10 Kenyans say business and government should give them a voice to raise their concerns, while business, government, and media should be transparent about both the benefits and

56% of Kenyans believe that Government regulators lack adequate understanding of emerging technologies to regulate them

41% of Kenyans say scientists do not know how to communicate with “people like ”

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