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A community platform for building peace through information-driven dialogue

Objective

In any society that has emerged from civil conflict there is a risk of recurrence unless the underlying divisions are addressed. Peace education has been shown to promote reconciliation by developing empathy, critical thinking and moral responsibility. Various factors for building resistance to conflict have been identified as key: the provision of access to an ‘evidence base’ of balanced information; active engagement with information to familiarise users with concepts of evidence, authenticity and critical thinking; and inclusive spaces for dialogue between communities, in which reconciliation is forged through participation. We take these participatory approaches and map them into the digital sphere. While social media are widely used for participation, their potential for abuse makes them unsuitable for such dialogue. More focused platforms have emerged to support the public’s engagement with information, issues and each other, such as Ushahidi, which focuses on collecting and sharing data about unfolding situations, to involve communities in dealing with them. We will build on this software to develop a participatory platform that supports active engagement with bodies of information, allowing communities to share, organise, enhance, and reuse it, within a digital space for information-driven processes of reflection and informed, constructive dialogue. The platform will be piloted and evaluated in two countries recovering from civil conflict, Rwanda and Kenya, and the reach of the trials will be extended into areas of poor connectivity via BRCK hotspot devices. We will follow a living labs methodology based on social innovation and co-creation, involving close engagement with citizens and communities in participatory design and evaluation events throughout the project. Evaluation will also use quantitative methods from data science to assess the relevance, innovation and impact of the platform, and analyse the behavioural responses of the platform’s users.

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2016-2017

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Sub call

H2020-ICT-2017-1

Coordinator

KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
Net EU contribution
€ 658 617,50
Address
Strand
WC2R 2LS London
United Kingdom

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Region
London Inner London — West Westminster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (6)

MAKERERE UNIVERSITY
Uganda
Net EU contribution
€ 111 775,00
Address
Main Campus
256 Kampala

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
AEGIS TRUST
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 269 507,50
Address
The Holocaust Centre Laxton
NG22 0PA Newark

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Region
East Midlands (England) Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire North Nottinghamshire
Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
DOTSOFT OLOKLIROMENES EFARMOGES DIADIKTIOY KAI VASEON DEDOMENON AE
Greece
Net EU contribution
€ 117 337,50
Address
Kountourioti 3
54625 Thessaloniki

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Θεσσαλονίκη Κεντρική Μακεδονία Βόρεια Ελλάδα
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 50 287,50
USHAHIDI NETWORK
Kenya
Net EU contribution
€ 640 144,66
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
KIGALI COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH CENTER (KCRC)
Rwanda
Net EU contribution
€ 327 568,04
UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 48 013,55
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden

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Region
West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Agglomeratie Leiden en Bollenstreek
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00