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Mapping Refugee Culture and Innovation Sites in Uganda

Since mid-2016 r0g_agency has become increasingly active with its partners on peacebuilding and open tech innovation at a number of South Sudanese refugee settlements in Uganda, primarily in the regions of Arua, Adjumani and Bweyale. Beginning with the first pilot trainings using the #ASKotec kit as part of the 2016 jHUB community development workshops at the Panyadoli Self-Help Secondary School (Kirandongo refugee settlement) r0g_agency began to conduct outreach and training at numerous sites as part of the #defyhatenow initiative in 2017 as well.
IMG_20171217_113926Given that project partners who had formerly been active in South Sudan had to flee or support relatives at these sites, activities continued and expanded in these new contexts reaching more communities who were both affected by conflict as well as actively engaged in peacebuilding. In doing so the projects also increasingly came into contact with further local initiatives and NGOs working to train and empower local youths, working to bring new perspectives to young people for a life beyond conflict. Precisely locating and identifying the broad range of activities that these organisations are involved in and getting a sense – not only of their physical location – but also of their missions, communities, resources etc., r0g_agency introduced the #ojoVoz community documentation and witnessing tool to begin plotting a user driven map of the region.
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The first test nodes for an ASKnet map of South Sudan refugee innovation nodes in Uganda, focusing on training, innovation or points of cultural action, as well as local support infrastructure were generated as part of a preliminary mapping exercise in December 2017. As the local teams, including partners such as YSAT (Youth Social Advocacy Team) and CTEN (Community Technology Empowerment Network) working in Rhino Camp and Bidi Bidi settlements, along with Adjumani based YEF (Youth Empowerment Foundation) build up their activities, visit and interact with other groups and initiatives the ASKnet map (Access to Skill and Knowledge network map) should become a resource useful to anyone interested in supporting youth skills training, empowerment and peacebuilding activities.
IMG_20171215_162400If you would like to contribute to the mapping effort, please contact ASK@openculture.agency. You can learn about and download the free and open source ojoVoz Android app here, as well as learn about the Sauti ya Wakulima project by Eugenio Tisselli that led to the development of the app.

Open Hardware Guide (#OHG) out!

The South Sudan Open Knowledge and Innovation Hub
OPEN HARDWARE GUIDE published!

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Following up on the 2016 “Let’s Go jHUB” programme, the OPEN HARDWARE GUIDE or #OHG is an outcome of the Open Tech and Repair Skills workshop led by Timm Wille and hosted by the Hive Colab innovation hub in Kampala.

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As a follow-up to the first Open Learning Guide (#OLG) the Open Hardware Guide gives examples of hands-on skills possibilities and projects applying open hardware methodologies. Acting as an introduction to resources and as a tangible tool in the form of a rugged A1 poster for trainers, tinkerers and facilitators, the #OHG is ready for distribution to anyone interested in exploring open technologies in a very practical way.
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The #OHG content was developed by the workshop participants based on their designs and documented steps in test workshops held with students at the Panyadoli Self-Help Secondary School in Bweyale, Uganda. Alongside the #OHG, the participants helped develop and test #ASKotek, the ‘Access to Skills and Knowledge – open tech emergency kit‘ a field-trainers resource tool-kit for repairing, building and learning about practical electronics including small scale solar power.

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The Let’s Go jHUB (#LGJ) project, in collaboration with icebauhaus e.V. (Weimar), KAPITAL / jHUB (Juba) and r0g_agency for open culture gGmbH (Berlin), was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through its programme of “Support for Media, Access to Information and Freedom of Expression”. Given the violence that broke out in Juba, South Sudan’s capital, in the summer of 2016, the programme was implemented though the generous support and cooperation of GIG partner organisations iceaddis in Addis Ababa, mLAB and iHUB in Nairobi, kLAB in Kigali and Hive Colab in Kampala.

Contact us for a full A1 poster size version, or download a PDF version of the Open Hardware Guide here!

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#ASKotek
#LGJ
#openculture

Open Hardware Guide v.1 is free and open for use, modification and sharing by anyone!
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(corrections and suggestions for amendments are also very welcome!)
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#DefyHateNow workshop thanks!

Thank you to all the participants and programme supporters for making the first #DefyHateNow workshop in Juba a success!

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The workshop was marked by inspiring and thought provoking discussions enabling us to better understand the mechanisms and many facets of media induced hate and how these can lead to further violence exacerbating South Sudan’s conflict. Local South Sudanese civil society and international media development organisations, including Ebony Center for Strategic Studies, CEPO, Search for Common Ground, E.R.A.D.A., Freevoice, Internews, the South Sudan Women’s Peace Network, UNESCO and the Council for National Healing, Peace and Reconciliation joined local media representatives and civil society advocates in exploring how to raise awareness around the effects that online incitement and social media hate speech can have on communities who themselves are not necessarily participants on social media platforms. We now look forward to strengthening cooperation to develop activities, enhance media literacy and awareness of the online mechanisms of dangerous speech, in a concerted effort to #DefyHateNow and support the peacebuilding process in South Sudan.

image credit: Hakim George Hakim … #DefyHateNow workshop group photo on the banks of the Nile River, Intra-Africa Hotel, Juba, South Sudan, April 25th 2015.

the #defyhatenow initiative is funded by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) with means of the German Federal Foreign Office

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#DoDevDif

Doing Development Differently – OPENing up Cooperation

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On Thursday January 22, 2015, r0g_agency for open culture gGmbH, Digital Unite e.V. and the Centre for Internet & Human Rights at European University Viadrina (CIHR), presented Doing Development Differently – OPENing up Cooperation, or #DoDevDif. The event, hosted by the Embassy of Canada and supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is aimed at strengthening and better defining the notion of ‘Open Development’. Part of the CIHR’s wider workshop series on Digital Alternatives and Social Innovation, #DoDevDif brings together innovative development practitioners including open culture and ICT4D advocates, researchers, policymakers and social activists. Discussing the opportunities open data, ICTs and collaborative citizen-based methodologies pose for a new form of international development practice, #DoDevDif welcomed practitioners interested in Doing Development Differently to an open exchange at the Embassy of Canada in Berlin. The event included an open bar camp format, a focussed debate and a special screening of the documentary film ‘Made in Africa‘ by Geraldine de Bastion and René von der Waar.

Doing Development Differently / #DoDevDif January 22, 2015
Please R.S.V.P. for the event before Jan 10! You will be automatially directed to the Canada Embassy Marshall McLuhan Salon Event Registration page. The registration info is used solely in order to create a participant list with which to best prepare for the event.
Complete #DoDevDif info here!

Join the preliminary #DoDevDif discussion on Open Development! We also acknowledge a similar, yet not directly related event and platform being set up by our friends at the ODI and the Harvard Kennedy School!

Juba’s Kapital Virtual Academy

“Empowering and transforming the life of the community through the power of media and film”      Lagu Stephen Samuel

r0g_agency supports Kapital Virtual Academy (KVA), a Juba based grass-roots film and video training initiative founded by independent film-makers and medical students Lagu Stephen Samuel and Richard Dratu in 2013. → read more

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By utilizing an Open Source philosophy including the use of OERs (Open Educational Resources), FOSS / open source software and open technologies, KVA aims to build local capacity and community empowerment through the power of film and media production. As such KVA’s aim is primarily two-fold:

1. skills training and professional capacity building in IT and media production
2. advancing the ideals of securing a vibrant open civil society in South Sudan

KVA current course load touches upon a diverse range of topics related to technology, design and media production including:

  • Basic computer skills
  • Software training
  • Cinematography
  • Photography
  • Web design
  • Digital computer graphics
  • Creative writing
  • Sound and video editing

But in order to be truly successful, and sustain its independence, express its cultural values and spread their open culture philosophy the KVA now needs real support and partners that share their vision by, for example:

  • enabling professional guest mentors on a regular basis
  • providing up-to-date
  • equipment and technology
  • facilitating access to quality educational resources
  • helping pay staff and cover administrative, travel and location costs

For more information and to support the KVA, please visit: http://www.kapitalmovie.net/

KVA_flyer download

contact :
Lagu Stephen Samuel [lagu[at]kapitalmovie.net] Dratu Richard [dratu[at]kapitalmovie.net]

South Sudan: #DeepDive

featuring Prof. Leben Nelson Moro

Center for Peace and Development Studies
University of Juba, South Sudan

19.30 CEST (Berlin GMT+2)
Thursday, July 17, 2014

ThoughtWorks Werkstatt
Mülhauserstr. 6. (Hofgebäude 1. OG)
Berlin, Germany

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South Sudan: #DeepDive


Please join us for a special evening with our guest Prof. Leben Nelson Moro from the Center for Peace and Development Studies, University of Juba, South Sudan. At a time framed by the extremes of humanitarian crisis, immense pressures on equitable development and great uncertainty in its future political path South Sudan: #DeepDive is a unique opportunity to have an in-depth presentation on the economic situation on the ground in the country’s predominantly rural regions, as well as in its rapidly growing cities. Prof. Moro, who teaches in the areas of development, conflict, forced migration and humanitarian affairs will introduce the major players and discuss the conditions of the very heterogenous population of “Africa’s youngest country”.

South Sudan: #DeepDive is hosted by Dmytri Kleiner and Baruch Gottlieb from the ThoughtWorks Werkstatt in Berlin, in collaboration with r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation.

South Sudan Inside-Out: Rebooting the Peace

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On July 8th 2014, the eve of South Sudan’s third anniversary of independence, the Germany Africa Foundation in collaboration with r0g_agency and the Talk of Juba online community will be hosting South Sudan Inside-Out: Rebooting the Peace in Berlin. As part of the #DefyHateNow initiative, the event explores the role of social media in aggravating the current conflict in South Sudan, yet perhaps providing a path to peace and reconciliation. read more…

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Date:           Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Time:          19.00 – 20:30 CEST Berlin (UTC / GMT +2)
Venue:       Senatssaal (Humboldt University)
Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin

RSVP please until 2nd July 2014
via mail: anmeldung@deutsche-afrika-stiftung.de

Introduction:
Christoph Strässer
German Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid

Featuring:
Dr. Leben Nelson Moro
Center for Peace and Development Studies,
University of Juba, South Sudan

Sieta Majok
Writer
Blogger and Co-Founder of #TalkOfJuba

Marina Peter 
Sudan Forum e.V.

Achwil Biong Arop Kuol
First Secretary, Charge d’Affaires
Embassy of the Republic of South Sudan in Germany

Moderation:
Dr. h.c. Volker Faigle
Official Envoy of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany to Sudan and South Sudan

The event will also be streamed live on YouTube and moderated for online remote participation via Talk of Juba – we’d like to hear your voice and views wherever you are located!

Please consult the Time Zone Converter for your local event time.

With many thanks to our supporting event partners:

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In collaboration with:

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Humanitarian Open Media Repository #OSIDP

The Humanitarian Open Media Repository / #OSIDP is a r0g_agency initiative to create an easily accessible and rapid use repository of ‘open licensed’ or ‘free to use’ documentary film, video, audio or other forms of digital media work. The #OSIDP is aimed for use by educators, media professionals, development organizations and local CSOs for urgent crisis and humanitarian assistance. Currently in an ’embryonic’ state, the idea for the #OSIDP was initiated by the UNESCO South Sudan team’s call for copyright-free documentary films to support their “urgent psychosocial activities in the Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps, as well as the Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites of UNMISS (UN Mission in South Sudan).” Continue reading Humanitarian Open Media Repository #OSIDP

#OSWARRAP Post-Conflict Open Systems Strategy

Following up on the MEDIA & MAKERS ‘Open Knowledge and Sustainable Media’ Forum and the #OSJUBA discussions on the role of Open Source in South Sudan’s Post-Conflict Development r0g_team members Stephen Kovats and Clemens Lerche returned to South Sudan on a research and project development trip in November 2013. This continues a dialogue begun earlier in 2013 with H.E. the Governor of Warrap State, Nyandeng Malek Dielic on the #OSWARRAP Open Systems Strategies for Peace, Innovation and Development. r0g_ had the opportunity to engage in more precise discussions on open education, development, security and empowerment issues with a broad range of government officials, civil society organisations as well as students and other citizens.

Continue reading #OSWARRAP Post-Conflict Open Systems Strategy

PAX_2014

As we light up the night sky and ring in the New Year, we wish our friends and colleagues in South Sudan peace, resilience and silent nights (and days) in overcoming the unnecessary turbulence that has gripped their country. As a year full of challenges, hopes as well as successes closes, let’s work to make sure that what was a tragic error shattering the fragility of the new state doesn’t spill over and drag South Sudan back into the dark days of eternal struggle. The fight now is neither against an outside aggressor nor an enemy within, but against senseless and narrow-minded political jockeying. It is a struggle for education, literacy and what should be the adventurous complexities of building a truly free society open and respectful to all its members. Continue reading PAX_2014