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.

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By: Keith Mines

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Type: Podcast

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Friday, March 17, 2023

By: Susan Stigant

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Type: Analysis and Commentary

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By: Adam Gallagher;  Sarhang Hamasaeed;  Garrett Nada

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Type: Analysis and Commentary

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By: Chris Collins;  Kayly Ober

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Type: Analysis and Commentary

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China’s Media Propaganda in Africa: A Strategic Assessment

Thursday, March 16, 2023

By: Joshua Eisenman

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