Building Bridges is an initiative of Butterfly Works and Media Focus on Africa, supported by MamaBits, PeaceNet and Ushahidi. The Building Bridges is a follow up to our previous joint campaign called Unsung Peace Heroes. You can see the previous campaign here. Below please find more information about the initiators and partners.
Butterfly Works, Social Design Studio.
We are creative minds who use design for social change.
We work in emerging economies because we believe potential is everywhere.
Through ‘good media’, social branding and ‘experiential learning’ we share knowledge, trigger creativity and build sustainable businesses.
We call it a positive chain of events.
Media Focus on Africa
Media Focus on Africa Foundation is an independent, non partisan, non profit making institution registered in both Kenya and the Netherlands. MFA’s activities are geared towards promotion of good governance, informed and participatory democracy, effective and informed citizens’ participation in democratic governance, rule of law and respect for all human rights.
MamaBits is an implementing partner in this project. MamaBits is a consultancy for Youth Communication founded by NairoBits and Butterfly Works. It disseminates the concept of Nairobits, a Digital Design School that provides education to the Nairobi slum youth beyond, the boundaries of Kenya. MamaBits puts digital tools of expression in the hands of the youth who have the creativity but not the means to express themselves.
Ushahidi, which means "testimony" in Swahili, is a website that was initially developed to map reports of violence in Kenya after the post-election fallout at the beginning of 2008. The Ushahidi Engine is a platform that allows anyone to gather distributed data via SMS, email or web and visualize it on a map or timeline. Their goal is to create the simplest way of aggregating information from the public for use in crisis response. The Ushahidi engine forms the basis for the mapping in this website.
PeaceNet-Trust is a national umbrella organizations of NGOs, CBOs, religious organizations and individuals in peace building and conflict resolution. PeaceNet is committed to encouraging collaboration, facilitation and mobilization of local initiatives for peace building, promotion of justice and conflict resolution. PeaceNet website