Enhancing Local Peacebuilding.
PeaceTech Exchanges (PTX) are workshops that empower local peacebuilders in conflict zones and fragile regions to utilize low-cost, easy-to-use technology in supporting peacebuilding efforts. Over the course of several days, participants receive hands-on training on an array of tools to enhance their work and receive personal instruction from local and international tech experts on mission-critical technologies. Attendees form teams with like-minded civil society organizations to define problems, develop lasting solutions and launch projects supported by technologies learned throughout the Exchange.
PeaceTech Lab works in collaboration with in-country experts and organizations to create a customized engagement in every country. PeaceTech Exchanges can tackle a variety of issues related to peacebuilding, including transparency and accountability, open government, women and youth empowerment, social inclusion, internet freedom, elections, education, crime and security, disaster response and many more.
Supporting Community Change Makers.
A key feature of PeaceTech Exchanges is launching sustainable projects conceived during the workshops through a series of micro-awards. PTXs have supported projects like crowdmaps to track violence against journalists (created in partnership with the Iraq Foundation and the International Center for Journalists), websites that host the stories of citizen journalists within communities of internally displaced people, and programs that track legislation and activities of local government. By directly training and supporting peacebuilders on the ground, PeaceTech Exchanges have a lasting impact. To date, we’ve helped fund more than 30 projects in Iraq, India, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Niger and Macedonia. PeaceTech Exchanges are adaptable to every country in the world, and we work closely with local experts to determine the most effective technologies and impactful organizations for each environment.
Putting the Right Tools in the Right Hands.
PeaceTech Exchanges are effective, not simply because of the technologies they introduce but in how these technologies enhance local peacebuilding work.
Take Tahseen Alzrikiny, a journalist who participated in the first PeaceTech Exchange, for example. Tahseen went on to apply the skills he gained at PeaceTech Exchange Iraq to report on the farmers from his local province struggling with the extinction of their crops. Tahseen’s story, which was recorded, edited, and published entirely from his mobile phone, won the United Press Unlimited award for the Best Story of 2013, “which would have remained untold without mobile storytelling.”