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Unpacking Social Media Use in Stabilization Efforts

Author(s): Dianna E. Almanza, Victor Odundo Owuor
Date: July 1, 2019
Publication Type: Fact Sheets
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The growing discomfort with how large social media platforms can be a tool for fueling real-world violence and empowering autocratic behavior often masks an equally important narrative: social media can be a source of good, especially in fragile states. This fact sheet - a continuation of the OEFR series on disruptive technologies and fragile states - brings to light how social media is being used for stabilizing efforts in these environments.

Key Findings:

In Sub-Saharan Africa, the convergence of homegrown ideas and collaboration with the international community has enabled SSA to use SM as an avenue to fill existing and emerging gaps across sectors. The most prominent sectors include: 

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Cover photo: Somali refugee women use a smartphone together at a camp in Kenya. Photo: YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images