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ICT, Reintegration of Ex-Combatants and Peace-Building in Africa

Joint workshop with the TDRP (World Bank) and the ISS

4-5 March 2013

Balmoral Hotel, Durban

 

In 2012/13 the Transitional Demobilization and Reintegration Program (TDRP) at the World Bank commissioned SaVI and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) to undertake research on the use of information communication technology (ICT), including social media platforms, to assist the TDRP in its work relating to the reintegration of ex-combatants into civilian life, and promote peace-building in Africa. A key component of this research is to assess the applicability of ICT and social media approaches and applications from other related fields, such as humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and crisis response for reintegration programming. The research will also consider the constraints and challenges of adopting ICT and social media approaches in Africa. In order to inform the research, SaVI, the TDRP and the ISS hosted an experts workshop from 4-5 March 2013 in Durban on the actual and potential use of ICT to assist with the reintegration of ex-combatants into civilian life and promote peace-building in Africa.

Workshop programme

Guy Lamb, Overview of DDRR programming in Africa: use of, and opportunities for, ICTS

Aki Stavrou, TDRP activities

Alison Gilwald, Towards an understanding of ICTS access and use in Africa

Alex Comninos, The use of Ushahidi in Libya, Egypt, Syria and Sudan

Brett van Niekerk & Trishana Ramluckan, Social media in political and natural crises: Tools, incidents and the future

Kate Cummings, Elections and conflict mapping in Liberia: Progress and lessons learned from 2010 -2012

Eunice Gnay Namirembe, The potential of using mobile phones for peace-building

Orly Stern & Marina Reyskens, ICT in peace-building in Uganda

Orly Stern & Marina Reyskens, ICT in peace-building in South Sudan

Gregory Mthembu-Salter, Willing spirits, empty pockets: Ex-combatants from the Republic of Congo and ICT