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Isôoko Project is reaching an exciting phase, one of trialing various scenarios in Kenya and Rwanda, both countries being Isooko project experimenting grounds. Scenarios being tested have emerged from a collaborative contextual learning about peacebuilding and peace education practices (through Ushahidi in Kenya and through Aegis Trust in Rwanda), which subsequently informed the scoping and design process for Isooko partners to achieve trials in both countries. 

In the quest of examining the progress made and discussing practical plans for the remainder of the project, Aegis Trust hosted Isôoko consortium review meetings in Kigali, from 11th to 13th February, 2020. Partners, including King’s College London, Ushahidi, Kigali Collaborative Research Centre, DotSoft and Makerere University made their way to Kigali for these important review meetings.

A week before (3rd to 7th February, 2020) and a week after (17th to 21st February, 2020) review meetings in Kigali, some trials took place both in Kibera, Kenya-by Ushahidi and in Kigali, Rwanda by Aegis Trust. Kibera community members were engaged through physical gathering to discussing issues on corruption and democracy and were given an opportunity both to watch relevant video content about that topic as well as interact with BRCK/Moja technology. Such engagements were also coupled with pre and post surveys to gather views on the discussed matters. 

In Rwanda, in addition to democratic reflection tool trial, which had taken place in March 2019, scheduled trials included Rwanda Platform Evaluation, a trial that was designed to gather views on the usefulness of BRCK/Moja wifi; Kigali Bus Trial which was intended for commuters using Kigali Public Transport and using BRCK/Moja wifi installed on those buses and finally the Localized trial which was carried out at Vision Jeunesse Nouvelle, a Youth Centre in Rubavu District, Western Province of Rwanda, where BRCK/Moja wifi was taken for nearly two weeks and engagements carried out for both the Youth Centre staff and Youth visiting the centre to learn from them about their experiences while using BRCK/Moja.

The review meetings provided an important platform for all partners to debrief and brainstorm on how trials could be expanded to pilots in the following months in both countries. 

Beyond trials, the consortium review meetings also discussed other important project developments, including the project exploitation plan, which provides insights about exploitation of ISOOKO project results, business and sustainability as well as education and training provisions for what the project will have achieved at the end the project life. 

Partners made concrete roadmap that will lead the remainder of the project and agreed on related key dates to achieve developed milestones. Review meetings in Kigali will be followed by the project review meetings with EC reviewers, to be held on 24th and 25th March 2020.

About ISOOKO:

ISOOKO Project is a collaborative research project, investigating the potential use of digital technologies in support of peace education and peace building initiatives, specifically in Kenya and Rwanda. The ultimate goal at the end of the project is that specific digital technologies will have been tested and research findings put together to inform future projects, confidently taking lessons learned into practices on large scales in Kenya, Rwanda and other communities across the globe.

ISOOKO project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under the grant agreement: No 779793.