June 11, 2010

Can Texting Help Afghanistan?

Seriously, that’s the gist of a panel next week at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

quotemarksright.jpg Mobile phone technologies are the subject of considerable enthusiasm in the peacebuilding sector. In the past few years, they have been used in connection with campaigns to restrain election violence, reduce corruption, develop the news media, and support counter-insurgency to name just a few. Success has been significant, but mixed. Yet little has been done to evaluate systematically the factors of success or failure in the use of mobile phones for peacebuilding.

So to best understand the true potential of these increasingly powerful tools, we will bring together experts on international peacebuilding and mobile phone technology to focus on the use of mobile phones in one of the most difficult conflict environments today: Afghanistan.

Using techniques pioneered in the 2009 Smart Tools for Smart Power program, we will evaluate the reality of cell phone deployments along three vectors:

-- Improving governance - rule of law and anti-corruption

-- Countering extremism - media development and counter-insurgency

-- Delivery of essential services - education, health, agricultural development, commercequotesmarksleft.jpg

[via The Washington Independent]

Can You Help Me Now? Mobile Phones and Peacebuilding in Afghanistan (United Institue of Peace)

This event will be webcast live beginning at 9:00am EDT on June 24, 2010 at www.usip.org/webcast.html

Panel 1: “Mobile Phones for Tackling Corruption and Improving Governance”

Panel 2: “Mobile Phones for Countering Extremism and Counter-insurgency”

Panel 3: “Mobile Phones and Essential Service Delivery”

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