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Hacks4Peace

Help PeaceGeeks to successfully implement several important projects for partners in Kenya and South Sudan to crowdsource reports on community violence, in Jordan and Lebanon to support Syrian refugees, and Palestine to help make international aid more accountable to Palestinians.

We are raising money in support of on-going projects to support partners in three locations

The Nakuru Gender Based Violence Network (NGBV) is a coalition of grassroots non-profit organizations based in Nakuru county in Kenya who work towards two key goals: strengthening service provision to those affected by sexual and gender based violence in Nakuru County, Kenya, and; strengthening coordination and collaboration among service providers in Nakuru towards providing more effective support. We are building an SMS app to help NGBV network to collect reports from network members on services provided by members to individuals affected by sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). This app will also be used by our partner in South Sudan to report on community violence related to the on-going conflict.

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) leads and coordinates international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. With the highest number of refugees and displaced persons worldwide, it is more important than ever to find innovative tools and techniques to support the needs of refugee populations. PeaceGeeks, in collaboration with UNHCR Jordan, has developed a mobile web app to help Syrian refugees living in Jordan to improve their ability to find humanitarian services available to them. We aim to make changes to this app to improve its performance, and the user experience so that they information can be accessed faster and more intuitively by refugees and service providers who are supporting them. This app will also be piloted by UNHCR in Lebanon to support refugees based in that country.

In the current aid system, no one is held accountable for international aid provided to Palestine. Aid Watch Palestine is a new but fast growing initiative of Palestinian and international civil society actors in Gaza, the West Bank and around the world that aims to change that by putting a spotlight on aid and monitoring changes to aid regularly. To this end, AWP aims to collect and disseminate information about current aid, identify missing information so that it can be collected, facilitate analysis of aid information, and make this information available and accessible to Palestinians, aid actors and others who care about making sure that aid to Palestine helps and is made accountable to Palestinians. PeaceGeeks is working on developing a custom website in partnership with the Aid Watch team.