September 30 to October 2 was PeaceTech Exchange: Islamabad, an event where PeaceTech Lab connected small peacebuilding non-profits based in Islamabad to low-cost, easy to use tech for their work on preventing radicalization and violence. I ended up training on engageSPARK and helping participants use SMS and IVR to communicate with their audiences.
The PeaceTech Lab partnered with Impassion Afghanistan to organize PeaceTech Exchange: Kabul. We brought together non-profits and government actors to learn about low-cost, easy-to-use technologies to fight corruption. I headed up the Lab's role in the PTX workshop, trained people on data collection tools and conducted a problem statement and project development workshop.
As we began day four of our workshop, a massive explosion and gunfight wracked the city in what would be the deadliest attack in Kabul in 15 years of war. The event underscored the importance of empowering peacebuilders in Afghanistan - they need to build up their country before it gets torn down.