Universities 4 Ushahidi

In June 2011, USIP conducted the “Universities for Ushahidi” (U4U) training program. The week-long program brought together 11 young people from conflict zones around the world – including Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Egypt, Kenya, Haiti, and elsewhere – training them in the use of crowdsourced mapping tools like Ushahidi as well as in the skills of conflict management. Equipped with these skills, trainees have used mapping technologies to assess local community needs in the run-up to Kenya’s recent elections, to prevent gender-based violence in Haitian slums by working with community leaders to determine the placement of new solar-powered lights, and to report and prevent crime in Liberia, among other projects.