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FrontlineSMS: Peacebuilding in Afghanistan

In this, the second of a series of guest posts on how FrontlineSMS is being used around the world, Dr. Mohammad Akbar and Kenneth Adam – Director and Business Advisor respectively at Media Support Partnership Afghanistan (MSPA) – talk about their current and planned uses of the platform, and the impact it is having on their work

“A recent special edition of a radio programme for young people in Afghanistan was devoted to one topic – the shocking recent acid attack on girls attending school by violent extremists allied to the Taliban. The impact on the audience was recorded in some 300 phone calls from listeners – a record for the long running programme “Straight Talk”, produced by a team of young broadcasters from Media Support Partnership Afghanistan (MSPA).

This audience response provides an example of what is possible given the enormous growth in mobile phones in Afghanistan, well over 6 million and rising at over 100,000 a month. Young people in the troubled south often feel isolated and bored, trapped in a conflict which shows no sign of going away. Development activities have largely been suspended because of insecurity. They want to hear and view programmes on issues important to them, and to contribute to the debate, and with 84% of households possessing working radios and 38% TVs, there is great potential in this approach.

MSPA "Straight Talk"

MSPA will be using FrontlineSMS as one of the tools in a new project as part of a British Government-funded media initiative to engage with young people specifically in conflict affected regions though interactive radio programming, tied in with a national competition for young people to produce short video films on their mobile phones. FrontlineSMS will play a key role in the competitive process of selecting the individuals to be given the new mobile phones and trained in their use. This project is planned to start in April 2009. Initial trials using the software are underway, with a view to collecting information on listeners’ views on a variety of topics and feeding these back to them with the help of FrontlineSMS. This will allow active dialogue on issues as varied as the activities of NATO forces in the country and whether Afghans should bear arms, to commenting on education and health services.

Another important application this year will be in the run up to the Presidential Election  in September. The media is key to informing the population about the rights of voters, and about the policy of different candidates. FrontlineSMS could be used to elicit the views of listeners in different categories and feed back the results to listeners, prolonging the debate and in so doing capturing the interest of people who are actively engaged in the debate”.

Dr. Akbar, MSPA Director
Kenneth Adam, MSPA Business Adviser
Media Support Partnership Afghanistan (MSPA)
www.mspa.org.af

58 comments

1 Ken Banks { 02.11.09 at 3:46 pm }

@frontlinesms in the users’ own words. Second guest post – “Peacebuilding in Afghanistan” up at http://tinyurl.com/cqfmtc

2 kiwanja { 02.11.09 at 3:46 pm }

@frontlinesms in the users’ own words. Second guest post – “Peacebuilding in Afghanistan” up at http://tinyurl.com/cqfmtc

3 changefeed { 02.11.09 at 3:55 pm }

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4 FrontlineSMS o/ { 02.12.09 at 2:43 pm }

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5 FrontlineSMS o/ { 02.12.09 at 2:43 pm }

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25 FrontlineSMS o/ { 02.12.09 at 2:43 pm }

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26 FrontlineSMS o/ { 02.12.09 at 2:43 pm }

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27 FrontlineSMS o/ { 02.12.09 at 2:43 pm }

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28 FrontlineSMS o/ { 02.12.09 at 2:43 pm }

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30 FrontlineSMS o/ { 02.12.09 at 2:43 pm }

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31 FrontlineSMS o/ { 02.12.09 at 2:43 pm }

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32 FrontlineSMS o/ { 02.12.09 at 2:43 pm }

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33 FrontlineSMS o/ { 02.12.09 at 2:43 pm }

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34 FrontlineSMS o/ { 02.12.09 at 2:43 pm }

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37 FrontlineSMS o/ { 02.12.09 at 2:43 pm }

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38 FrontlineSMS o/ { 02.12.09 at 2:43 pm }

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39 FrontlineSMS o/ { 02.12.09 at 2:43 pm }

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40 FrontlineSMS o/ { 02.12.09 at 2:43 pm }

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41 FrontlineSMS o/ { 02.12.09 at 2:43 pm }

"FrontlineSMS: Peacebuilding in Afghanistan" – second guest blog post up at http://tinyurl.com/cqfmtc

42 FrontlineSMS o/ { 02.12.09 at 2:43 pm }

“FrontlineSMS: Peacebuilding in Afghanistan” – second guest blog post up at http://tinyurl.com/cqfmtc

43 FrontlineSMS o/ { 02.12.09 at 2:43 pm }

"FrontlineSMS: Peacebuilding in Afghanistan" – second guest blog post up at http://tinyurl.com/cqfmtc

44 FrontlineSMS o/ { 02.12.09 at 2:43 pm }

“FrontlineSMS: Peacebuilding in Afghanistan” – second guest blog post up at http://tinyurl.com/cqfmtc

45 FrontlineSMS o/ { 02.12.09 at 2:43 pm }

"FrontlineSMS: Peacebuilding in Afghanistan" – second guest blog post up at http://tinyurl.com/cqfmtc

46 FrontlineSMS o/ { 02.12.09 at 2:43 pm }

“FrontlineSMS: Peacebuilding in Afghanistan” – second guest blog post up at http://tinyurl.com/cqfmtc

47 FrontlineSMS o/ { 02.12.09 at 2:43 pm }

"FrontlineSMS: Peacebuilding in Afghanistan" – second guest blog post up at http://tinyurl.com/cqfmtc

48 FrontlineSMS o/ { 02.12.09 at 2:43 pm }

“FrontlineSMS: Peacebuilding in Afghanistan” – second guest blog post up at http://tinyurl.com/cqfmtc

49 FrontlineSMS o/ { 02.12.09 at 2:43 pm }

"FrontlineSMS: Peacebuilding in Afghanistan" – second guest blog post up at http://tinyurl.com/cqfmtc

50 FrontlineSMS o/ { 02.12.09 at 2:43 pm }

“FrontlineSMS: Peacebuilding in Afghanistan” – second guest blog post up at http://tinyurl.com/cqfmtc

51 FrontlineSMS o/ { 02.12.09 at 2:43 pm }

"FrontlineSMS: Peacebuilding in Afghanistan" – second guest blog post up at http://tinyurl.com/cqfmtc

52 FrontlineSMS o/ { 02.12.09 at 2:43 pm }

“FrontlineSMS: Peacebuilding in Afghanistan” – second guest blog post up at http://tinyurl.com/cqfmtc

53 FrontlineSMS o/ { 02.12.09 at 2:43 pm }

"FrontlineSMS: Peacebuilding in Afghanistan" – second guest blog post up at http://tinyurl.com/cqfmtc

54 FrontlineSMS o/ { 02.12.09 at 2:43 pm }

“FrontlineSMS: Peacebuilding in Afghanistan” – second guest blog post up at http://tinyurl.com/cqfmtc

55 Chris Blow { 02.13.09 at 11:28 pm }

So cool! Very nice to see Frontline used as the voice of the grassroots network.

56 G. Lauren Lee { 02.23.09 at 7:18 pm }

cool way to empower Afghan youths in wartorn cond: http://tinyurl.com/cqfmtc (@kiwanja)

57 lololee { 02.23.09 at 7:18 pm }

cool way to empower Afghan youths in wartorn cond: http://tinyurl.com/cqfmtc (@kiwanja)

58 lovisa { 02.23.09 at 7:41 pm }

RT @LoLoLee: cool way to empower Afghan youths in wartorn cond: http://tinyurl.com/cqfmtc (@kiwanja)

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