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Workshops Are Connecting Community Leaders In Conflict Zones With Tech Solutions

Basra is just one of the places where the Washington, D.C.-based, government-funded United States Institute of Peace is hosting workshops, called PeaceTech Exchanges, through its PeaceTech Lab. The exchanges are intended to connect community peace builders in conflict zones -- activists, civic leaders and even government officials -- with accessible tech platforms and like-minded partners who can help them transform their ideas into reality.

So far, the exchanges, which began in 2013, have taken place in Iraq, Burma, Pakistan, India, Turkey and Uganda. Future events are planned in Afghanistan.

In addition to providing a space for ideas to take shape, the organization offers "micro-awards" of financial backing for some of the projects that originate there.

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