The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Monday, May 16 • 16:45 - 17:30
Inclusive ICT4Peacebuilding: Capturing the Narrative of Former Combatants in Tech-Supported Peacebuilding Programs LIMITED

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Peacebuilding, or the process by which a community engages in institution-building and other activities that increase the likelihood of lasting peace, requires the buy-in and engagement of many actors from various corners of a post-conflict society.  

Security sector reform (SSR) and disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) are two conflict-to-peace transition  institutions  that seek to 1) decrease the number of combatants in a given country and 2) increase the likelihood that these individuals will become contributing members of  government security forces and/or  civilian communities.  

The role of ICT4D in the peacebuilding realm has evolved over the past several years to include awareness of specific vulnerabilities and needs of communities emerging from conflict. Yet,  the dialogue regarding the future of ICT for peacebuilding remains remarkably void of conversation regarding the role that former combatants and security sector actors have to  play  in peacebuilding programming.  

We present several cases that  specifically engage these often marginalized populations and demonstrate promise for future ICT for peacebuilding programs.  We ground these case studies in theoretical constructs from the peacebuilding, security, and public health literatures in order to present a practical framework for developing such inclusive and innovative programming.  


Monday May 16, 2016 16:45 - 17:30 EAT

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