PeaceNexus Foundation

Supporting Build Peace Fellows

December 5, 2016

Supporting Build Peace Fellows

In 2016, PeaceNexus Foundation partners with  the Build Peace Conference on the selection of and support to their fellowships that enable peacebuilding practitioners to use and develop technology for peacebuilding purposes. PeaceNexus participates in the  training and mentoring of the Fellows and is directly supporting the development of two innovative projects, led respectively by  Maude  Morrison and Diana Dajer :

  • A phone-based early-warning/early response communication system used by hundreds of carefully selected and trained local peacebuilders in the Rakhine state in Myanmar to verify rumours. The project is embedded in the existing early warning program of the Center for Diversity and National Harmony, to ensure local ownership and sustainability. For more information, see Maude’s latest blog post here.
  • a collaborative game, in the form of a web-based app that is installed on devices in  public transport, that will introduce Colombian citizens to participatory budgeting, a process that allows them to directly decide how to spend part of the local municipal budget. Participatory budgeting is strongly featured in the Peace Agreement currently under consideration as a way to develop active citizen participation. A prototype is being tested this month in collaboration with the Medellin local authorities.  For more information, see Diana’s latest blog post here.