"You can view in real time, ratification status of countries presented beautifully on a map. Participate in discussions with other young people around the world."
Technology is making it easier for everyone to interact with society every single day. Nowhere is this more evident in this day and age than it is on the African continent. Some of the most basic but very much needed technological applications to social aspects have been pioneered on the continent and have shown impeccable results to a point of global replication. Here we are referring to innovations such as Mobile Money transfer and banking, with the launch of the well recognized M-pesa platform in Kenya.
Other examples include the ward winning online projects such as Ushahidi. It has grown from the "website that was initially developed to map reports of violence in Kenya after the post-election fallout at the beginning of 2008" to an award winning "non-profit tech company that specializes in developing free and open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping".
The African Youth Charter Mobile application is another innovative solution that has been long overdue. The application seeks to place a tool to monitor the implementation of the African Youth Charter in the hands of actors and beneficiaries on the ground. The developers of the app are African Renaissance Innovations Laboratories.
The developers of the application have described it as an application that "lets you access all the articles of the African Youth Charter. You can share Charter articles with friends and colleagues via SMS, on any installed messaging app on your phone (WhatsApp, Viber, Skype etc) as broadcasts or to a single person". You can also "view in real time, ratification status of countries presented beautifully on a map, participate in discussions with other young people around the world and is currently available in English and French, with more languages to follow".
The African Youth Charter is currently available on the Android Market and Blackberry App World. The developers are also working on a release on the Apple mobile devices. Our very own Robert Kasenene will be bringing us an interview with the developers of the App in the coming week. We look forward to sharing more information.
Support for development of the application was provided by the African Youth Panel.