The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) has developed an early warning system using the internet and mobile phones in villages throughout the region to report indications of potential violence when tensions mount among tribes, political parties, or ethnic groups. The system is integrated with the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS), and it is called ECOWARN.
In the late 1990s, the Medical Network for Social Reconstruction in the Former Yugoslavia used mobile connectivity to promote reconciliation throughout that war-ravaged region. During carefully moderated radio call-in shows, people called in on their mobile phones and told their stories anonymously. This process was particularly striking after the publication of Svetlana Broz’s book, Good People in an Evil Time. Dr Broz, daughter of Tito, compiled testimonies from war survivors about good things that people did for each other across conflict lines. Radio call-in shows linked survivors in
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