In September 2016, UNU Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS) Director Michael Best and Senior Research Assisstant 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 information and communications technology (ICT) innovations to support United Nations Peacekeeping operations.
The UNU-CS team met with uniformed and civilian-mission personnel stationed at Bamako and Gao. The visit, which was the first in a series of research trips planned for peacekeeping missions, is part of the Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping initiative between UNU-CS and the Department of Field Support. These initial survey studies will contribute to a broad, baseline understanding of the potential of ICT innovations for enhancing the effectiveness and capacity of UN peacekeeping missions.
For more information, see the news story on the UNU-CS website.