Teesta Setalvad, Director of the Peace Mapping Project and Trustee of Sabrang Trust.
Challenge: In order to avoid violence perpetrated through rumour mongering, there is an urgent need for a people driven, inclusive mechanism that works with technology to actively register signs of the build-up to violence and effectively sets of a chain of interventions to prevent its escalation.
Innovation: Peace Mapping (to Prevent Violence), is a unique concept being developed by Sabrang Trust, Mumbai. The aim is to map, promptly and accurately, the build up to outbreaks of violence with an aim to ensure a calibrated and mature response, preferably prevention, at the very least reduction/alleviation.
The proposed Peace Mapping Project will be driven by SMS to register alerts on any conflict build-up. This will in turn be linked to an experienced and manned. The HELPLINE will have three or four distinct characteristics that will form the basis of intervention, pre and post outbreaks of violence.