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A community platform for building peace through information-driven dialogue

Obiettivo

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.

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H2020-ICT-2017-1
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Meccanismo di finanziamento

IA - Innovation action

Coordinatore

KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
Indirizzo
Strand
WC2R 2LS London
United Kingdom

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Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contributo UE
€ 658 617,50

Partecipanti (6)

MAKERERE UNIVERSITY
Uganda
Contributo UE
€ 111 775
Indirizzo
Main Campus
256 Kampala

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Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AEGIS TRUST
United Kingdom
Contributo UE
€ 269 507,50
Indirizzo
The Holocaust Centre Laxton
NG22 0PA Newark

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Tipo di attività
Other
DOTSOFT OLOKLIROMENES EFARMOGES DIADIKTIOY KAI VASEON DEDOMENON AE
Grecia
Contributo UE
€ 117 337,50
Indirizzo
Kountourioti 3
54625 Thessaloniki

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Tipo di attività
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
USHAHIDI NETWORK
Kenya
Contributo UE
€ 640 144,66
Indirizzo
Bishop Magua Center Ngong Road
Nairobi

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Tipo di attività
Other
KIGALI COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH CENTER (KCRC)
Ruanda
Contributo UE
€ 327 568,04
Indirizzo
48 Kg 7Th Ave
Kigali

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Other
UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Paesi Bassi
Contributo UE
€ 48 013,55
Indirizzo
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden

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Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments