Hagiga Wahid is a simple Juba Arabic phrase that translates ‘One Truth’, a peace-building misinformation management technology project aimed at countering the spread of harmful rumors which contribute to tensions and conflict in Rhino Camp Refugee Settlement, Northern Uganda.
Rumors, misinformation, and propaganda act as catalysts for violent conflict. The refugees and host community members in these camps have limited access to information or a general lack of access to reliable, accurate, and timely information. Hagiga Wahid Project is helping to provide information verification and misinformation management services to the South Sudanese refugees and host communities in Rhino Camp Refugee Settlement, Northern Uganda.
Hagiga Wahid information system works this way, Community members simply report rumors through phone text messages, voice calls, or through the project’s Community ambassador in their village. our project team then sets to investigate and uncover the Hagiga Wahid, after which disseminate the facts to the community.
The Hagiga Wahid mobile-based information platform has proved to be an effective means to verify the information and counter misinformation in the camps, preventing violence and contributing to peaceful coexistences. It engages people in monitoring, verifying, and countering rumors, 24/7 providing fast accurate, and timely information. While the project works reduce and prevent violence caused by misinformation and to increase the levels of peace among South Sudanese refugees and between refugees and Ugandan host communities, the long term aspect of it will be the realization of a behavioral shift among users towards a more questioning mindset about rumors and unverified information.
Project Website: www.hagigawahid.org
The Partner making the project happen is The Sentinel Project for Genocide Prevention. (Toronto, Canada). This Project has been funded with support from the International Development Research Centre – IDRC.