Sudanese Voice their thoughts on the World they want to live in 2030 @ Khartoum Social Good Summit Meet up

24 Sep 2013

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Not less than hundred persons representing civil society organizations, social media activists, university students, government officials and the private sector in Sudan came together on Tuesday 24th September to participate in this year’s Social Good Summit.

The main discussions and debate focused on the role of social media and technology in advancing the development agenda in Sudan with special emphasis on the active role of youth groups in this process.

During the two hour meet up, Sudanese youth presented their experience in using technology to serve communities in Sudan through the creation and implementation of innovative ways to help those in need. Khartoum University students in collaboration with UNICEF outlined their initiative to monitor school kits distribution using simple SMS systems in Mobile phones to reach remote areas. In addition, students from Afhad University for Women presented their experience in creating traditional stoves for women that are both affordable and climate friendly using solar energy.

The second part of the debate highlighted how Sudanese youth have used social media in recent times for development purposes. An organization titled “Education Without Borders” relayed its experience in mobilizing youth for the restoration of school buildings and other educational campaigns using their facebook and twitter accounts.

A similar presentation was made by Nafeer youth group who have used Social Media heavily during the recent flooding in Sudan to mobilize support for flood victims. Nafeer facebook page have managed to gather and register 6000 volunteers to help victims via the organization of emergency and medical groups to address different needs in different locations.

The event presented an excellent opportunity for all those present to find out how technology and social media were best used in Sudan to serve development goals. Simultaneously, a virtual summit on facebook was organized to invite thousands of Sudanese both in Sudan and the diaspora to voice their thoughts on the world they want to live in 2030.

One of the main outcomes of the event was to generate discussion on global development issues and how these groups could better coordinate amongst themselves and further engage with UNDP through their sharing of innovative ideas on our social media channels including Twitter and Facebook.