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Swiss foreign office supports GCSP innovation partner

On the occasion of Red Hand Day, part of an international movement to protect children in armed conflict, the Swiss government affirms its support for innovation

In Nov 2015, Swen Dornig of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), in collaboration with Lucid Berlin and the New-York based Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, were awarded the GCSP Prize for Innovation in Global Security. The prize recognises excellence in the field of security and innovation, with the aim of encouraging security practitioners to explore social media and mobile technology as tools of conflict prevention.

Along with Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, Mr Dornig has led an international team of mobile developers and humanitarian activists in the creation of the CAAC App, which is available for free download via the iTunes Store. The CAAC App has been designed, in its alpha phase, as a repository of international regulations governing the reporting of crimes against children in conflict environments.

Following its initial support by the GCSP and Liechtenstein, this innovative, mobile platform, is now being supported by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

Swen Dornig - German Institute for International and Security Affairs

As part of the beta development, which is now underway, the CAAC App will enable human rights and humanitarian practitioners around the world to enhance coherent incident reporting. The App allows for effective ‘crowd-sourcing’ reporting of abuses against children in conflict environments. Following its initial support by the GCSP and Liechtenstein, this innovative, mobile platform, is now being supported by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) which is financing the extension of the App. Mr Dornig, in a recent address to the Working Group of the UN Security Council, has recognised the integral role of the GCSP in driving innovation in the security field.

The GCSP continues its support for the CAAC initiative and will join the SWP in Berlin on 16-17 Feb for a Workshop, financed by the German Foreign Office, on Children and Armed Conflict & Women, Peace and Security. The workshop, which will take place under the Chatham House Rule, seeks to foster new ideas for strengthening the existing normative frameworks and develop hands-on solutions to current challenges of implementation. In addition, it will provide newly elected members of the Security Council with in-depth training on the normative framework of the agendas, and offer an opportunity to network among the CAAC and WPS communities.

Download the CAAC App here