PeaceTech is an emerging body of tech aiming at contributing to building peace or sustaining peace in a given context. PeaceTech can be defined as “an emerging body of peacebuilding practice, which includes a technological component that is of strategic importance to its objectives”. PeaceTech combines technical and social disciplines and brings together product developers, engineers and activists with conflict experts, social scientists and data scientists to design, develop, and adapt new solutions for building and sustaining peace.
Danmission has worked with innovation as part of our program work since 2014, but not before 2017 did we realise how much the peacebuilding sector lagged behind when it came to using technology to support peacebuilding efforts. We as many other organisations and peacebuilding actors had not been enough aware of the technological advances and its impact on not just everyday life, but also in fostering co-existence and building peace. In 2017, we started to take technology into the core of Danmission’s ambitions to innovate our peacebuilding programmes and realised the need of using technology at a whole new scale.
In Danmission we work systematically on integrating innovation and PeaceTech in our work streams. Danmission’s innovation initiatives strive to; 1. Promote new methods of peaceful coexistence through peacebuilding, dialogue and preventing violent extremism; and 2. Through new ways, to protect basic civil rights by protecting the rights of minorities and freedom of religion and belief.
Danmission is part of a growing global PeaceTech community focused on addressing complex issues through complex solutions supported by technology.