#ASKnet: Access to Skills and Knowledge Network
#ASKnet is a capacity-building and hub-development program that links together five community-based, youth-led innovation hubs in South Sudan and Uganda.
#ASKnet is working towards building a sustainable network of trainers who in turn empower others in their communities with the skills and knowledge needed to address specific challenges in their communities. The #ASKnet community also works to transform cultural patterns that fuel conflict and inequality.
#ASKnet does so by providing access to skills and knowledge through ToT (Training of Trainers) workshops. These workshops include training on open source hardware and software using #ASKotec, entrepreneurship, media production, gender equality awareness, trauma healing, and financial literacy.
The program started in 2015 in South Sudan with the creation of a community-based media training center, Juba’s Open Knowledge and Innovation Hub (jHUB). jHUB’s aim was to provide an open forum to discuss, identify, and develop solutions for South Sudan’s post-conflict challenges. Conflict flared up again at the end of 2016 and the jHUB community was dispersed. The program has since evolved into a collection of smaller hubs and local initiatives in South Sudan and Uganda known as #ASKnet.
Project Manager, Berlin, Germany
Coordinator, Kampala, Uganda
ASKnet_HUB locations: South Sudan & Uganda
GoGirlsICT was founded in 2015 in Juba. This women-in-technology initiative engages, educates, and empowers women and girls in schools and communities in South Sudan in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM).
junubOS was founded in 2016 in Juba, South Sudan and supports youth empowerment and a culture of innovation through workshops in media production, peacebuilding, entrepreneurship, cryptocurrency, and open source software and hardware.
ATAKAHUB was founded in 2017 in Bor, South Sudan and fosters peacebuilding through engagement with social media, comedy theatre, and gender equality awareness. It teaches open tech and repair skills in order to help create employment opportunities and also uses the cryptocurrency #eatBCH to provide food for orphans in Bor.
Platform Africa was founded in 2017 in the Rhino camp refugee settlement in Uganda. Its workshops focus on media skills and aim to promote a peaceful coexistence between refugees and host communities through media, education, and psychological support programs.
YEF (Youth Empowerment Foundation) is an innovation hub in Uganda. YEF works together with the community of Adjumani and displaced populations in the Pagirinya refugee settlement to address issues of unemployment and gender-based violence by providing training in open tech, entrepreneurship, peacebuilding, and attitude change.