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Social Good Summit events held in Mogadishu, Nairobi and beyond

September 25, 2012  »  City Profiles & VideoNo Comment

On September 24, the Social Good Summit invited people all over the world to connect through local meetups, where they addressed the same question: How can new technology and new media create solutions for the biggest problems facing their community?

This year marked the first time the global Social Good Summit brought panel discussions to Africa. Official events were held in Mogadishu, Somalia and Nairobi, Kenya in addition to New York and Beijing. Additionally, smaller meetups were held with the help of other United Nations Development Programme offices in Madagascar, Uganda, and Rwanda.

Mogadishu, Somalia

Livestreams of the official events – especially Mogadishu – proved extremely popular among a global audience. The world was able to see how social media and technology are providing a source of change and empowerment for Somali youth, business, and politics.

Interest surrounding Somalia’s revival is immense. The #sgsmogadishu hashtag has been shared over 1,000 times in the past two days. The UNDP, aware of the global interest in Somalia, created a special Social Good Summit website for Mogadishu, along with a video to show how the violence-torn nation is finding a foothold with technology.

Highlights from the Mogadishu panel include:

Nairobi, Kenya

Highlights from the event include:


Highlights from the meetup include:

Snapshots of the discussions can be found at the SGS Global Conversation tumblr.

Kigali, Rwanda

Highlights from the meetup include:

Kampala, Uganda

A recap by UNDP’s Sheila Kulubya can be found at the SGS Global Conversation tumblr.

Highlights from the meetup include:


The UNDP produced a two minute video of how social media is changing Egypt to share at global events.