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Raik Shino is a gamified platform that provides opportunities for people to creatively interact and discuss the future of Sudan.
Ten years after the signing of the Peace Agreement in 2005, Sudan is still marked by conflict which negatively impacts daily lives and overall development. Space is limited for people to freely discuss a common vision for the future of Sudan and adversly impacting the development of new solutions for peace and development.
‘Raik Shino’ is Sudanese slang for ’What do you think’. The idea behind the platform is to use gamification to engage a broader set of stakeholders to discuss challenges currently affecting Sudan and come up with ideas for addressing them. Challenges will be formulated offline and will be launched on the platform for participants to discuss and solve together. Participants will vote on the ideas proposed and those who get more points will get more power with their votes and move up the ‘influencer’ hierarchy. Each game will run for 4-6 weeks, and each winner will receive a prize. Ideas proposed on Raik Shino will then be analyzed and shared with relevant stakeholders and participants, and feed into offline dialogues, including the Sudan 2030 visioning exercise, the Peace Ambassadors network working at the community-level in close collaboration with the State-level peace building mechanisms, and Sudanese academia.
The targeted users are Sudanese peacebuilders based in conflict-affected communities. The platform will be accessible on standard browsers through mobile devices, tablets, and computers, requiring low bandwidth, and be user-friendly for the non-technology savvy. Participants in areas with limited internet access will be able to post their opinions through SMS or voice message, or at locations such as community centers with computers to minimize the inequality of access.
Raik Shino will benefit peacebuilding in Sudan by encouraging critical reflection on past experiences and exploration of more innovative approaches from a broad range of participants. Once the platform has been successfully tested in Sudan, this could easily be replicated in other Arabic-speaking countries. This would give participants an opportunity to broaden their network among peacebuilding stakeholders and learn from other contexts.
Anne Kahl: Team Leader
Anne is working on conflict management and peacebuilding at the UNDP. Anne is currently heading the Analysis and Capacity Development Unit of the UNDP/IOM Joint Peace Building Programme in Sudan.
Margunn Indreboe Alshaikh: Strategic Partnership and Communication Advisor
Margunn has over 10 years of experience working in the field of crisis mapping and conflict analysis, policy research, innovation and communications. She currently heads the Partnerships & Communications Unit for UNDP Sudan.
Yumiko Shinya: Dialogue Design Coordinator
Yumiko has been involved in development and peacebuilding in Africa and Asia, and currently works for the Joint Conflict Reduction Programme (JCRP), UNDP Sudan.
Ali Ibrahim: Platform Administrator
Ali is an Economics and Political Sciences major, and has been working with different NGOs in the field of development for over five years. He recently worked as a consultant for UNDP Sudan’s foresight project.
Almutaz Angabo: Community Coordinator
Almutaz, specialized in MBA-Information System, has been working for conflict issues with NGOs and UN Agencies for six years. He is currently working with the JCRP.