The Everyday Peacemakers on our Streets

[This post originally appeared on the Respublica blog, a UK-based thinktank. Guest blog post by Catherine Dempsey, PhD candidate at King's College London, researching innovative uses of technology in community-led conflict prevention - @catherinedem] Our collective breath was taken away by the bravery of the women who guarded Lee Rigby’s body, the soldier murdered in […]

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What the red dots are for, or why we map (part 1: Iraq)

[Dispute Monitor is Deployment of the Week. This is a guest post by Helena Puig Larrauri. Helena is a peacebuilding practitioner, focusing on the use of technology to promote peace and prevent conflict. The original post is on Let them Talk.] Mercy Corps has recently embarked on a strategy to introduce mapping tools to its […]

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SMS for Violence Prevention: PeaceTXT International Launches in Kenya

One of the main reasons I’m in Nairobi this month is to launch PeaceTXT International with PopTech, Ushahidi, Praekelt Foundation, Sisi ni Amani, CeaseFire Chicago and Medic:Mobile. PeaceTXT International builds on the original PeaceTXT project that several of us began working on with CeaseFire Chicago last year. I began thinking about the many possible international applications […]

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Amplifying Somali Voices Using SMS and a Live Map: #SomaliaSpeaks

Somalia has been steadily slipping from global media attention over the past few months. The large scale crisis is no longer making headline news, which means that advocacy and lobbying groups are finding it increasingly difficult to place pressure on policymakers and humanitarian organizations to scale their intervention in the Horn of Africa. I recently […]

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See it. Film it. Change it. – World Habitat Day

Guest post: WITNESS is an international human rights organization that empowers others to use video to create meaningful change in laws, policies, practices and behaviors. Ryan Schlief has led local and global human rights campaigns in several countries around the globe – primarily involving economic, social and cultural rights. Ryan manages WITNESS’ global forced evictions […]

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Old war, new peace and what it takes to send a text in Liberia

Last week, I traveled across the country with Liberia’s Peacebuilding Office (PBO)  to train county peace committees how to report to the Ushahidi platform. Last night, as we were driving into the sleepy oceanside town of Buchanan, I was reminded of why it is important that these peace committees now exist.  My colleague Nat Walker […]

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Universities for Ushahidi: Mapping as a Peacebuilding Tool

The Universities for Ushahidi (U4U) program kicks off at the US Institute of Peace (USIP) today. This week long U4U training program was inspired by the student run Ushahidi maps for the Haiti and Chile earthquakes last year. Students have always been a force for change around the world and especially in terms of peacebuilding. I […]

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A Toolkit for the other 90% + Ushahidi for Joomla!

[Guest blog post by Emer Beamer, co-founder at Butterfly Works] In 2010 it was noted on the Ushahidi blog that when running a full Ushahidi campaign, installing the software was only 10% of the work. The Toolkit we have just launched aims to cover the other 90% including a ‘How To’ and a Case Study, […]

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Crowdmapping Egypt #Jan25

[Guest blog post by Lela Prachad and JD Godchaux from NiJeL.org] As mentioned briefly in Patrick Meier’s last post, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) created a CrowdMap instance on January 25, right at the start of the protests in Egypt. However, the last reports were approved by mid-day on January 26, over a day before […]

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