fellows logo - 2Build Peace Fellows
The Build Peace Fellows program builds local innovative potential for individuals and organisations embedded in peacebuilding processes. Over one year, we help Fellows take an innovative peacebuilding intervention from idea to pilot implementation. Fellows also emerge with a strong understanding of best practices in innovation that will allow them to design and manage programs that introduce innovation processes to their peacebuilding work.

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Logofinal_logoDigital Steps
The Digital Steps program is a partnership between Build Up and the British Council Syria to support Syrian organizations working to promote peaceful values and change perceptions of Syria. The program is an adaptation of the Build Peace Fellows program. In 2017 – 2018, teams worked on projects ranging from job-matching platforms to connect refugees with host communities, animation films that promote a culture of non-violence to an innovative platform to document memory of places within Syria.

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logoThe Commons
The Commons is a pilot project that tests an approach to address filter bubbles that have become destabilising in civic conversations in the USA. Drawing from successful frameworks of prior research and peacebuilding practice, the pilot first identifies polarising filter bubbles on Twitter and Facebook, then uses social media bots to engage with people who display certain behaviours in these bubbles, and finally organises a network of trained volunteers to move identified users towards constructive engagement with each other and with the phenomenon of polarisation.

Read more about this project here.

1-stonewallStrategy Support to Stonewall
As the UK’s leading LGBT rights organisation, Stonewall often deals with conflict among diverse stakeholders.
Since 2017, Build Up has worked with Stonewall staff to introduce a number of innovative tools (including non-violent communications and social media listening) to strategise about how to overcome challenges in new ways.

carSupport to the Political Transition in the Central African Republic
In December 2015, USIP began a year-long project to support the political transition in the Central African Republic. USIP contracted Build Up to design and facilitate a community-based art methodology that would serve as both a form of qualitative research and a more inclusive method for participating citizens to share their perspectives on security sector reform and the disarmament, demobilisation, reintegration and repatriation process with national leaders.

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ss-pvParticipatory Video in South Sudan
Supported by the VISTAS program, the Dinka-Misseriya Joint Border Peace Committee in Northern Bahr ElGhazal state works to reinvigorate cross-border economic ties, restore and improve relationships, and address divisions between the communities on both sides of the Sudan – South Sudan border. In support of the Committee’s work, Build Up ran a participatory video initiative aimed at bringing young men and women into this process as peace actors in their own right.

Read more about this project and download the 1st edition of our Participatory Video for Peacebuilding guide.

aswatAswat Faeela (Active Voices) Syria Program
The British Council Syria team is implementing a youth leadership project to develop young Syrians’ social leadership skills and capacity through practical action both inside Syria, as well as in countries affected by the Syrian Crisis, and to give them a voice in national and international discourse about peacebuilding and community resilience. Build Up was involved in supporting the introduction of a training component on new technologies in the curriculum. The aim was to support tech-enabled processes that facilitate vertical and horizontal connections to enable participants to have a stronger voice in national and international discussions on conflict and peacebuilding in Syria.

somaliaSomali Region Research & Technology Support
With the support of Interpeace, three local research organizations – the Academy for Peace and Development, the Heritage Institute for Policy Studies and the Puntland Development Research Center – are introducing technology-enabled solutions to increase participation in their peacebuilding work. Build Up supported the selection of adequate technology, provides tailored training, and works with the organizations to design methodologies for using these new technologies.

Read about participatory polling, one sub-set of this project.

peaceapp_logos_newDigital Games to Prevent Violence
PEACEapp was a global competition to promote digital games and gamified apps as venues for dialogue and conflict management. The competition was funded and convened by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the United Nations Development Program in 2014 – 2015. Over 100 submissions from 42 different countries tackled different aspects of peacebuilding and cross-cultural dialogue in engaging and innovative ways. Build Up coordinated the implementation and curation of the competition.

Read more about the competition.

sudiaSupport to Sudanese Civil Society
The Sudanese Development Initiative SUDIA actively incorporates technology into its peacebuilding and civil society empowerment programs. It runs a Community Communications System that combines SMS, online mapping and radio to disseminate information in remote communities at risk of conflict. Build Up supported the design and maintenance of this system, as well as collaborated on training for civil society.

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downloadNews That Moves
In 2015, Internews launched NewsThatMoves, a news website for people who are displaced or seeking asylum, especially in Greece and the Balkans, that produces independent, verified information people can use. Internews contracted Build Up to design, develop and launch the NewsThatMoves site and related social media campaigns. We did this until August 2016; the site is now entirely run by Internews.

The site has been recognised as a critical resource for refugees. You can see ithere.

eu-flagWhole-of-Society Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding
The London School of Economics has concluded a grant agreement with the European Commission to conduct research into the EU’s conflict prevention work. As part of this research project, Build Up is leading the assessment of and recommendations for innovative and appropriate use of ICTs within conflict prevention and peacebuilding, with a particular emphasis on the EU’s role in relation to ICTs.

Read more about this project and download our scoping paper.

For International Peace Day 2017, Build Up and International Alert partnered to engage the general public to build a flock of robots that will share messages of peace on Twitter. The aim of this Robots for Peace campaign is to reach as many people as possible with peace messages, and get #peaceday trending on Twitter in as many places as possible on or around the UN International Day of Peace on September 21.

Read more about this project here.

mahallaeCivic Engagement in Cyprus
Mahallae is a digital neighbourhood for civic engagement developed by Cypriot civil society and innovators from the Euro-Mediterranean region. Mahallae was funded and implemented by UNDP-ACT, who engaged Build Up to advise and accompany the project since its inception until June 2015. Mahallae was later handed over to the University of Cyprus, who Build Up is currently advising on strategy and project management for the platform.

You can visit the Mahallae platform here.

glyn-cochCivic Crowdfunding Research Project
The CCRP advances socially-grounded research into the use of crowdfunding for projects that serve communities. It published the first study of civic crowdfunding, covering platforms in Brazil, Spain, the US and the UK. Build Up works with partners to analyze how alternative financing models, including donation and investment-based crowdfunding, can support their work.

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