Proposals in Sub-Saharan Africa

April 5, 2013

Finalist – Nigeria: Back to Basics (B2B)

To train the youth on animation & produce animated short traditional igbo language moonlight folktales. This project B2B is meant to revive the dieing Igbo language & culture It's been predicted by UNESCO Advisory Committee on Language Pluralism & Multi-language Education that Igbo language & culture will go into extinct by year 2025. if nothing is done. Hence, we intend making it attractive to youth by making use of youth friendly medium of communication. I intend working with young people from already established skill learning set up so as to have an organized and systematic forum.

April 2, 2013

Finalist: Mapping for Niger

The project will create a Volunteer Technical Community (VTC) by training and mobilizing Nigerien students in ‘collaborative open source humanitarian mapping’ to increase inclusive information sharing in crisis preparedness, international solidarity and citizen agency through targeted digital capacity building and outreach. The VTC will then engage key humanitarian actors in Niger to contribute to OpenStreetMap, a free online mapping tool. This initiative will train motivated youth in an employable skill, encourage volunteerism, and promote the active use of social media for positive outcomes.

Finalist – Cameroon: Voicing Out to Release Post Conflict Trauma

This project will use internet media to enable victims of the recurrent inter-tribal land use resources conflicts between the villages of Oku and Mbessa in the North West Region of Cameroon to expose their never considered grievances in solving the conflict. Women and children in both communities still want to have a say about the conflict management methods. They feel more relieved when someone listens to their ordeals. Their voices will be exposed through social media for a wider audience.

Finalist – Zambia: Lekeni Nsose (Let Me Speak Out)

Services such as health and education are not adequately provided with the aspect to cater for people with disabilities, considering their physical and or mental state.They are underrepresented and left on the fringes of the society.Lekeni Nsose(Let me speak out), will train the disabled and those serving them in citizen journalism and give them a platform to speak out to the wider community and create an impact on issues that affect them

Finalist – Kenya: Girls Community Digital Desk

This project is aimed at promoting the voices of young girls born with HIV through online media. The project will train 20 young girls between the age of 10-19 years on leadership skills and basic journalism skills. The girls will then take lead in writing their own stories to inspire, and advocate for their rights through social media. Their stories will be published on a common blog that the girls themselves will be in charge of updating. The stories will capture various issues at the community level which affects the girls either directly or indirectly.

Finalist – Cameroon: Questioning Public Authorities Through Citizen Media

The project seeks to empower survivors of the 1986 Lake Nyos Gas disaster who were resettled in make shift camps and have been abandoned there without adequate shelter, food security, health and sanitation. The project trains key members of the society and equip them to be able to bring their vital voices to the global community thereby putting government to task so they can take responsibility for their action. The project would increase a sense of empowerment of survivors since the internet is a liberating force. The project would give them access to the transformative power of the internet

Finalist – Swaziland: Artists Go Public

This project will provide local artists with a platform to promote themselves, their work and their creative process to a greater local and international public. Artists will be given a camera and laptop for 3 weeks each, to record their inspirations, creative processes, challenges, successes and photos of artwork. They will be assisted in creating & managing a blog and accounts with facebook, twitter, & pinterest. Each artists’ various online activities will all be recorded on a parent website for the project, and they will be urged/taught to continue their online presence after their 3-weeks

Finalist – Burundi: Conn@cting People: Rural Internet Kiosk

Conn@cting People is a project which will connect rural people (with no electricity neither internet access at all) from a war-displaced camp to others all over the world. It is an integrated project with 3 main activities namely, 2workshops on peace photojournalism and the use of internet, the installment of the first solar powered Rural Internet Kiosk (3 desktops) in Burundi and a photo competition and exhibit. The project aims at linking two different worlds and helping the targeted community and our country to move towards the Millennium Development Goal of Bridging the Digital Divide.

Finalist – Uganda: Rise of a Voice – #TweepsHelpBududa Experience

The project proposes a unique program to identify, teach & encourage the youth from Bududa who have been affected by landslides to innovatively use social media to share their experiences, culture & calls for action for social change through citizen media training workshops and effective support systems to ensure project success in form of local content generation. The project’s ultimate goal is to create a vibrant network of a new generation who appreciate and learn from the huge success of #TweepsHelpBududa to sustain better, informed use of citizen media to share information and network.

Finalist – South Africa: Crowdmapping Environmental Health in Hospital Hills, Johannesburg

To collaborate with residents of Hospital Hills, a deprived informal settlement in Johannesburg, to gain a voice to define their environmental health challenges, communicate them to decision-makers and bring about change. Six participants will be trained in citizen reporting skills, provided with necessary equipment and supervised to work with other residents to document concerns in multimedia micro-reports. These will be uploaded and visualised on an online Crowdmap, which will be disseminated widely, but particularly targeting decision-makers with the power to bring about necessary changes.