The Peace Frequency: Episode 47
Air Date: August 25, 2017
This is the first installment of a special Peace Frequency series on rule of law in practice, produced jointly by the International Network to Promote the Rule of Law (INPROL) and the U.S. Institute of Peace’s Global Campus. Each episode in this series offers a snapshot of a priority reform issue or insights on key skills for rule of law promotion in conflict-affected environments. In this podcast INPROL Director Lelia Mooney and Senior Program Assistant Chelsea Dreher discuss data collection technologies with Derek Caelin, Senior Specialist for Peace Tech Lab.
Derek works on the Lab’s PeaceTech Exchange program, an initiative to connect peacebuilders in conflict zones to media, technology, and data for them help them achieve their objectives. Working with local partners, Derek and the PeaceTech Exchange team have put on workshops in countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan to address issues such as Transparency & Accountability, Countering Violent Extremism and Gender Based Violence.
Recognizing that sound research sets a foundation for successful rule of law initiatives, we use this episode to reflect on how PeaceTech can enhance practitioners’ assessments and analysis in challenging contexts. Derek introduces and explains a number of low cost technologies that rule of law professionals can use to collect critical data when funds are tight, and internet access is unreliable.
“There are more mobile phones on the planet than there are people, and both feature phones and smart phones are able to collect complex forms of information if you have the right tools.”
“There are two different categories for data collection for people who don’t have access to the internet. There’s in-person interviews – and for those I really recommend checking out KoBo Toolbox and a tool called Martus – or if you’re trying to collect information through SMS and voice[calls] there are some great services out there like FrontlineSMS or engageSPARK that are either free or low cost for participants to use.”