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U-Report grows to 25 million users… and every voice matters

At the African Youth Forum in Uganda in 2010, the hundreds of young people in attendance made clear their intent – that they be seen as equal members of the community and included in the decisions that impact their lives. With the launch of U-Report the following year, young people could now use the platform to keep their needs at the heart of national agendas across the globe by speaking directly with world leaders on issues ranging from education, climate, mental wellbeing and health.

 

In the ensuing 11 years since its establishment, U-Report has become a significant platform that empowers young people, not only through its use as a dynamic reporting tool but also as a trusted source of lifesaving information, as was the case during the advent of COVID-19 when the platform helped to stop the spread of disinformation while sharing ways users could protect themselves from the virus.

 


Today, with over 25 million U-Reporters adding their voice to the platform, young people have never been more connected – or heard.

 

“Being part of the U-Report has been a comforting experience,” said Xavier,14, from Ecuador. “Just knowing that I am contributing with a grain of sand to data that will be part of making important decisions for the benefit of our society, it is worth a lot. As long as we have life there will be hope.”

 

Impact in emergencies

 

From the start, the potential for U-Report in emergencies was clear and we have seen many examples of its often life-saving impact around the world.

 

Specifically, during the Ebola crisis in Nigeria between 2014-2015, U-Reporters worked with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) to address the myths and misconceptions surrounding Ebola.  Users were able to access credible information in real time, and stop erroneous practices, including when some community members were turning to bathing with hot water and salt and eating bitter kola to beat the disease.