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Why Isôoko?

In any society that has emerged from civil conflict there is a risk of recurrence unless the underlying divisions, ideologies and resentments are addressed.

 

Peace education has been shown to promote the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will help people either to prevent the occurrence of conflict, resolve conflicts peacefully, or create social conditions conducive to peace.

 

Digital technologies offer new opportunities to provide access to information, facilitate active engagement with information, and create inclusive spaces for dialogue between communities.

Simultaneously, digital technologies could support people in developing and practising knowledge, skills and attitudes central within peace education.

How Isôoko?

ISOOKO explores the potential of digital technologies to support peace education in two separate contexts: in Rwanda, in relation to the ongoing processes of peace education, reconciliation and reconstruction after its civil conflict and the 1994 genocide; and in Kenya, in relation to the intermittent post-election violence that has occurred since 2007, and subsequent reconciliation activities.

 

Within the ISOOKO project, we develop and test digital technologies in relation to peace education activities of different partner organisations. On the basis of participatory design methods, we aim to understand how digital technologies can support peace education activities, in the context of diverse scenarios in Rwanda and Kenya.

What Isôoko?

At the core of the project, we aim to investigate the potential roles of digital technologies in support of peace education. ISOOKO may be considered to comprise three different strands:

  • ISÔOKO as a Repository:
    We will develop a repository to understand the potential impacts of currently available technologies. This allows us to gather lessons learned and identify best practices in the use of digital technologies in support of peace education and peace building practices.
  • ISÔOKO as a Platform:
    In order to complement currently available digital technologies, the second strand of the project focuses on the development of a platform to peace education activities. The platform will be tested in the context of various scenarios in Rwanda and Kenya.
  • ISÔOKO as a Process:
    The third strand of the project centres on the process and methodology used for the development and trial of digital technologies (and the platform, in particular) throughout the ISOOKO project.

ISÔOKO

PROJECT WORK PACKAGES

Management

Coordinating the research and development work of the project, organise meetings and the reporting of results

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Scoping & Requirements

Defining the scope of and requirements for the proposed platform, in collaboration with the African partners and local stakeholders.

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Pilots and Trials

Carrying out two pilot trials of the platform, addressing different user communities and social contexts in Rwanda and Kenya

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Development and Deployment

Deploying and support two installations of the platform (one for each of the pilots in WP4) accessible over the Web.

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Evaluation, Analysis & Impact

Using data science and machine learning approaches to understand users’ behavioural responses

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Dissiminiation, Communication & Exploitation

Business is about customer what they wants. every customer wants a product

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Education & Training

Disseminating to the general public to promote greater public engagement and dialogue between researchers and society.

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The Team

Philipp Grunewald

Philipp Grunewald Research Associate King’s College London

Didier Rutagungira

Didier Rutagungira Communications Officer Aegis Trust

Mark Hedges

Mark Hedges Project Coordinator - King’s College London

Sarah Kaddu

Sarah Kaddu Project Lead - Makerere University

Monica Nthiga

Monica Nthiga Project Lead - Ushahidi

Miltos Anastasiadis

Miltos Anastasiadis Project Lead - DOTSOFT

Carine Rutari

Carine Rutari Project Lead - Aegis Trust

David Jordan

David Jordan Project Manager - King’s College London

Paul Buchana

Paul Buchana Data Analyst Kigali Collaborative Research Centre

Patrick McSharry

Patrick McSharry Data Scientist Kigali Collaborative Research Centre

ISOOKO

Partners

King's College London

Project Coordinator

Makerere University

Education and Training Lead Partner

DOTSOFT

Exploitation Lead Partner

Aegis Trust

Communications and Engagement Lead Partner

Universiteit Leiden

Scoping and Requirements Lead Partner

Kigali Collaborative Research Centre

Evaluation, Analysis and Impact Lead Partner

Ushahidi

Development and Deployment Lead Partner