UReport is a pioneer, direct real-time feedback and youth engagement tool that was launched by UNICEF Uganda in May 2011. It is a revolutionary and free SMS-based system geared towards the engagement and empowerment of young people. With it, youth participates in what is happening in their communities and are empowered to work with community leaders to effect positive and inclusive change. It is a critical tool in reaching the hardest to reach as it inspires action by community youth to unite and share the responsibility of creating a better environment for everyone. It also stimulates action from leaders – based on what their young people want, thereby making UReport a catalyst for engaged, responsible and responsive governance.
Through UReport in Uganda, weekly SMS messages and polls are sent out to and from the ever-growing community of UReporters, who respond to the polls and exchange views on a wide range of subjects, including unsolicited ones. The platform has also expanded to include regular radio programmes broadcasting UReport stories, as well as published print articles relaying news and features from the UReport community. UReport in Uganda has grown fast, with 250,000 young people currently registered and active on the network.
UReport is expanding within Uganda and extending to other countries – Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, South Sudan, Mexico, and beyond.