Wednesday, 10 August, 2022

UNDP, NSU to work jointly for creating safe digital space

The United National Development Programme (UNDP) and North South University (NSU) have joined hands to create a safe and tolerant digital space for the students of NSU, through UNDP’s Partnerships for a Tolerant and Inclusive Bangladesh (PTIB) project.

Under this partnership, UNDP and NSU organised a three-day hackathon titled “Digital Khichuri Challenge for Pathway to Peaceful Societies: Catalyzing Youth as Responsible Citizens” from 2 to 4 July.

The Digital Khichuri Challenge which started in 2016 is a platform that enables young people to leverage digital means and tools to promote peace, tolerance, and diversity in Bangladesh as responsible citizens and further contributes to SDG targets 4.7 and 16. 

The five finalists of the hackathon presented their ideas on 4 July to the jury. “The Flip Side” & "Digital Peace Keeper” were the winners among the five teams, who will receive a mentorship programme from UNDP.

The event was attended by Espen Rikter-Svendsen, Ambassador of Norway to Bangladesh, Prof Atiqul Islam, Vice-Chancellor of NSU, Van Nguyen, Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP Bangladesh, Prof Sk. Tawfique M. Haque, Chair of Department of Political Science and Sociology, former foreign secretary M. Shahidul Haque and Robert Stoelman, Project Manager of UNDP along with representatives from various national and international NGOs, faculties from NSU, and experts from the start-up ecosystem.