United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Somalia has hosted the Social Good Summit event in Garowe, bringing together local leaders, members from the community and media personnel to discuss ’The Role of Media in the Development’’ and join the global conference where ideas meet new media to create innovative solutions.
Held annually, the Social Good Summit is a two-day conference examining the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives around the world. During UNGA Week, the Social Good Summit unites a dynamic community of global leaders and grassroots activists to discuss solutions for the greatest challenges of our time. The theme, #2030NOW, asks the question, “What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030?” During the Social Good Summit, global citizens around the world unite to unlock the potential of technology to make the world a better place.
To create broader discussion on the topic, the UNDP Somalia event highlighted the struggle of a small neighborhood in a small town in eastern Somalia called Habo, which one of its neighborhoods was cut off by sea water from the main town, and a video story (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbGjOKWTX1Q) that changed the lives of the community and led to intervention of the UNDP Somalia, who built a foot bridge connecting the neighborhood to the town and improved the movement of the commuters crossing to the other side. The bridge also saved the lives of school children who many of them died while crossing the sea on their way to their classes.
The event focused on how Social media and technology can help communities living in remote areas. Local video journalist, Mohamed Haji Salat, who is one of the 2013 UNDP Media Award winners and producer of the community’s story joined plenary discussion together with the deputy mayor of the Alula district, where Habo village locates, and a guest member from the community.
UNDP's engagement in Habo village resulted in the construction of a foot bridge, which has enabled young girls, mothers and small business operators in the neighborhood to cross to the other side of the village in order to attend school, access the market to sell goods and buy food. The community can now easily access the village hospital, improving health care and wellbeing.