Digital Peacekeeping Researchers Spend Week with MINUSMA in Mali
This September, UNU-CS investigators Michael Best and Andrew Bayor paid a one-week research visit to the Multidimensional UN Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA) in Mali. During their visit, Best and Bayor conducted a series of qualitative focus group meetings exploring the promise of ICT innovations to support UN peacekeeping. The UNU-CS team met with uniform and civilian mission personnel stationed at Bamako and Gao. The visit, the first in a series of research trips planed for peacekeeping missions, is part of a developing Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping initiative between the United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS) and DFS/ICTD of the UN peacekeeping organization. These initial survey studies will contribute to a broad baseline understanding of the potential for ICT innovations to enhance the effectiveness and capacity of UN peacekeeping missions. A hoped-for outcome of this work will be a new collaborative project in Digital Peacekeeping where creative ICT solutions can be created, test deployed, experimented with, refined and scaled.