One of my favorite blogs to follow for news on how technology is being used for humanitarian assistance and crisis prevention efforts is Patrick Meier’s iRevolution. I’ve found that he has written quite a great deal on how mobile technology is being used as part of these efforts and have provided some useful resources. His post today talks about the first international project PeaceTXT will be launching in Kenya.
PeaceTXT is probably best known for utilizing the ubiquity of mobile messaging to influence behavior in order to reduce violence in Chicago. In partnership with a local organization in Chicago (CeaseFire), the project used SMS reminders to send anti-violence message to individuals in neighborhoods prone to conflict. The project has been deemed successful and the hope is that PeaceTXT can be replicated successfully in other regions of conflict in the world as well. It will be interesting to see how successful other implementations of this project will be.