This report by Transformative Connections (or TranConn) provides an examination of how new technologies are being employed in divided societies engaging with peacebuilding and/or social innovation.
It explores the impact of #PeaceTech (ICTs and peacebuilding) in specific international case studies from Georgia and Cyprus and applies their approach to the case of Northern Ireland. This is with a view to establishing their suitability for the region.
It also details the current levels of engagement with #PeaceTech in Northern Ireland. It draws on internationally established research regarding the challenges for ICTs in peacebuilding in divided societies. The report makes region specific recommendations for the development and application of #PeaceTech, and how ICTs may support future peacebuilding initiatives in Northern Ireland.
This report is not an exhaustive list of ICTs with a peacebuilding focus; rather it seeks to act as a stimulus and resource for discussion and debate about the importance and potential of #PeaceTech in Northern Ireland.
Orna Young and Enda Young, Transformative Connections
This research was funded by our Bright Ideas Research Fund, which provided small grants to develop interesting research projects and policy proposals in fields that relate to innovation and are in areas outside of Nesta's programmes.
The views expressed in this research paper are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of Nesta.