One-quarter of humanity lives in fragile, violent, and conflict-stressed environments. These people’s lives are often characterized by the starkest of realities: undernourishment, illiteracy, short life spans, displacement, forced migration, and lack of access to basic amenities and services. Destroyed and diminished infrastructure, corrupt institutions, and endemic mistrust and suspicion characterize conflict-affected areas.
In response to these challenges, the UNU Institute in Macau Digital Peace Lab is exploring, inventing, and informing ways that information and communication technologies can serve as a tool towards supporting peacemaking efforts by enhancing people’s capacity to acquire truthful information; strengthening their resilience to cope with conflict; alerting parties when potential conflict flares; and discovering means towards reconciliation, community building, and empowerment. The Digital Peace lab is delivering its vision through research and policy impact, innovations and partnerships, collaborations and public engagements.