During the last ten years access to mobile phones and internet has increased dramatically worldwide, including regions affected by conflict and violence. These developments provide conflict management and resolution professionals with a variety of new tools for monitoring violence, sustaining dialogue during peace processes, and localizing peacebuilding efforts. This course will cover the use of mobile phones, digital mapping, and social media in conflict management and peacebuilding. Case studies from Kenya, Syria, Uganda and Myanmar, live discussions with experts from international organizations, academia and government, and instructor moderated discussions will make up the core of the learning experience. Participants will also get hands-on experience with mapping software during a simulation the final week of the course. By the end of the course, participants should expect to have developed an understanding of how different pieces of technology work, be able to do basic assessments of technology integration for their organizations, and some basic hands-on experience with crowdsourcing technologies.
Course Topics and Featured Tech
- Participatory mapping and GIS in conflict analysis
- Conflict prevention in the era of Twitter, Facebook and Youtube
- Mobile applications for conflict analysis and prevention
- 21st century strategies for data management and information security
- Localizing conflict prevention and peacebuilding efforts through technology
The course is designed for conflict management professionals to assist them in understanding the roles of technology in conflict prevention and peacekeeping. No specific technological skills are required for the course. Participants will be able to:
- critically analyze both the opportunities and the pitfalls that emerge when working with technology in conflict-affected settings.
- connect relevant conflict analysis, peacekeeping and peacebuilding theories to the technological strategies and tools discussed in the course
- manage specific software platforms and utilize various technological tools in their work, both in headquarters and field settings.
- to design dynamic and effective strategies for using technology platforms and tools to address conflict risk and enhance local peacebuilding capacity
- develop confidence and critical self-awareness in working with technology to address social problems