Lunch and afternoon conference concluding a three-day international symposium

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“From early warning to response in preventing violence:
Transforming conflict through citizen engagement”


When: Friday 4th September 2015, 12.30pm to 5pm.

Where: Coventry University London Campus, University House, 109-117 Middlesex Street, London, E1 7JF.

The Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University and the Action Support Centre will be sharing the outcomes of a participatory research project exploring responses to conflict in selected African countries.
Please join us for lunch and an afternoon of discussion on building peaceful and connected societies.

When conflict spills over and threatens to become violent, it is grassroots organisations and ordinary citizens that first see the warning signs. Yet efforts to raise the alarm and build collective responses are slow and often go unnoticed.

New technologies have the potential to facilitate better connections between citizens and leaders, but they cannot replace relationships of trust and cooperation.

Since 2014 we’ve been researching how citizens help prevent violence, and the role of technology, in South Africa, Uganda and Tanzania.

This collaborative effort is led by the Action Support Centre, working with Coventry University, Gauteng Local Peace Committees (South Africa), the Zanzibar Interfaith Centre (Tanzania), and People’s Voice for Peace (Uganda).

It is funded by Making All Voices Count (MAVC), a consortium including HIVOS, Sussex University’s Institute of Development Studies and Ushahidi. MAVC seeks to harness the power of new technologies to make government more effective and accountable and strengthen citizens’ voices.

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We hope you will be able to be a part of this exciting project and influence our research findings, which will evolve as a result of your input. Please let us know if you are able to attend. A formal invitation with further details will follow.