Whitaker Peace Development Initiative (WPDI), Uganda

Youth empowerment through access to education

Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative


To promote peace and development in fragile states such as Uganda.


Ericsson and WPDI established community learning centers, in which Ericsson provided hardware, software and carried out ICT training for the peacemakers. A cloud-hosted educational platform, Connect To Learn, was also implemented.


By 2017, more than 20,000 youths had been directly impacted from the learning centers. Connect To Learn was implemented in 13 community learning centers, 151 peacemakers were trained and 17 income-generating projects were kick started.

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Volunteering with WPDI to train young leaders in Uganda

A few times every year since 2012 I’ve had the opportunity to take a break from my usual responsibilities at Ericsson – where I currently serve as the site security manager for the company’s operations in Uganda and Rwanda – to do volunteer work with the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative (WPDI).

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Global goals

Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals

The highlighted Sustainable Development Goals are included in the project.

“When I first started training the participants early on many of them had never seen a computer before and didn’t have any digital skills to better their lives. It’s so amazing to see the progress since then – the degree to which the YPN participants have developed their digital skills and are using them to gather knowledge that is helping them have a positive impact on their communities.”

- Constantine Amulen, Ericsson site Security Manager in Uganda and Rwanda and Volunteer for the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative’s project in northern Uganda.