Working Group on Peace and Development (FriEnt)

27 April 2021
16.00h - 17.30h
Expert Debate
This format includes the presentation and discussion of emerging topics and trends, new and fresh approaches and ideas by guests who are experts in their field, with lots of space for active engagement of and discussions with the participants of the session.
Virtual Session 8

How to Contextualize Digital Tools for Peacebuilding?

Peacebuilding organizations are grappling to adapt to the new opportunities and challenges. Academic literature claims that peacebuilding could be more successful and sustainable if it would rely more heavily on digital tools. In some areas of work, digital tools have been used for some time already, for instance mediation, prevention, the fight against radicalization and the prevention of ‘hate speech’ in social media. Although there have not been any thorough evaluations yet, experts claim that the hoped-for increase in effectiveness depends on the context the digital tools are used in.

This session presents experiences and challenges for contextualizing digital tools and discusses concerns and recommendations: What are the relevant context factors, the relevant stakeholders in the conflict context as well as the role of local actors in defining and interpreting context factors?

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The FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum is a series of events on current and overarching challenges and trends in peacebuilding. With the Peacebuilding Forum, we want to provide future-oriented impulses for the development of peacebuilding and strengthen the visibility and importance of the policy field in its entirety.


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