February 26, 2013

Proposals from February 26, 2013

Kenya: Watch This Space

Slum communities in Kenya are largely inhabited by low income earners, a good number of whom are either illiterate, partly educated or lacking in skills. These communities are marginalized not only by the society they are part of but also authorities who only remember them in times of tragedies. Our project will train slum residents how to tell their stories through video and pictures and share the same with the world through the social media.

Nigeria: Social Media Training for Disabled Traders

The project aimed at giving socialmedia entrepreneurship training to people living with disabilities. they will learn how to use the various social media tools to conduct both social entrepreneurship and conduct advocacy to make their voices heard. The project will start with sensitization lectures among the target population before enrolled those motivated for the social media training. project would be deployed as social media lab.

Uganda: Digital Media to Document Agriculture

The Project will involve the selection of two farmer groups from which a number of farmers will be trained in the use of digital video, mobile phones, photography, and blogging in order to capture images of their on-farm problems and processes and share them. The documenting of this information by farmers in archives will help build a network of local knowledge and the results of the project will be uploaded onto a blog for dissemination online.

Mexico: Didza Kieru for SMS

We are proposing to work with a team of community radio operators to integrate their ongoing work, particularly as community news gatherers, with online and offline mobile-based technologies such as SMS and Twitter, taking advantage of not only the community radio station, but also the independent, community-operated GSM base-station that provides free cellular service to the townspeople and an interesting platform on which to try new ideas.

Cyprus: From Our Perspective: Discussing Disability

The project will provide training to people with disabilities and their representative organisations in digital storytelling, aiming to empower participants with the skills to convey to the general public their experiences and the issues of relevance to them. Two training workshops will be followed by pubic screenings that will highlight the commonalities that exist across the Cyprus divide so contributing to improved dialogue and understanding.

Pakistan: Peace Shots and Social Media for Youth Empowerment

Youth will be trained in technical and aesthetics skills of photography, the concept of peace and using effective social media through a series of workshops in Lahore. They will also record audio stories, and build a visual and oral narrative to hold online exhibition of the work. Blogs will be used to generate debate on the work and issues presented. The project will promote peace and facilitate dialogue among youth through social media.

Cameroon: Disseminating Pro-Poor Information

The project seeks to enhance community group leaders’ capacity in media tools to enable them identify, package and deliver pro-poor information in their communities. These highly motivated “women and youth” who bridge the gap in rural and community information will be taught elements like news gathering, news writing, techniques in broadcasting, production of community programmes, marketing programmes, networking, etc.

Nigeria: Social Media to Reduce Maternal and Newborn Mortality

Maternal mortality remains a daunting challenge to Nigeria: Against a global target of less than 75/100,000LB in 2015, Nigeria had 800/100,000 LB in 2011. This project will leverage on the information technology growth in Nigeria to address this problem by developing an online platform for expectant mothers to interact, engage with health officers, tell their stories and get timely medical advices on how best to take care of themselves and baby.

Croatia: Zmreza, Young People Become Journalists

Z press is also the name of the portal, which is the platform of the project itself. It is a portal into the Zagorje region of Croatia, which has only 130,000 inhabitants. Our goal is to set foot on an independent platform that will serve as a place where residents can express their problems. The portal is designed for supporting the sport and culture, as well as encouraging people to expose the corruption and injustice in the local community.

India: Empowering Voices for Sustainable Development

To provide Information and communications technologies (ICTs), training on environment protection, watershed management, empower the voice and freedom of expression of farmers of poor people, to empower rural poor adult learners to read and write English so that their capacity would be built to use digital devices to share information in local language with their cluster community in the district of Bankura, West Bengal.