Information Needs Assessments

When communities are experiencing humanitarian crises, it is important to determine what content and method of information delivery will enable people to take an active role in their own survival and recovery.

Internews has conducted humanitarian information assessments in:

Kenya (Dadaab) | Libya | Cote d'Ivoire/Liberia | Republic of Southern Sudan

Kenya

At the Dadaab refugee camps, hundreds of Somalians have fled drought, famine and a civil war. Internews conducted a joint assessment of information needs in refugee camps around Dadaab, in Eastern Kenya. With Radio Ergo/IMS, the Norwegian Refugee Council, and Star FM of Kenya, the goal was to understand the information needs of refugees and explore ways to improve the flow of communications between refugees, aid agencies, and host communities.

Libya

Beginning in March 2011, Internews has been working to understand local information needs of residents and those who have fled to neighboring countries, map available information sources, and develop recommendations to improve the flow of reliable local news and information in Libya.

Cote d’Ivoire/Liberia

Internews’ assessment along Liberia’s eastern border with Cote d’Ivoire, where more than 150,000 Ivoirians have fled the violence at home, makes several recommendations for how the international aid community, along with local media organizations and telecommunications companies, can better meet the information needs of Ivoirian refugees. (More information)

Republic of Southern Sudan

Fighting in the disputed Sudanese border region of Abyei beginning on May 21, 2011 sent tens of thousands of people fleeing south to Warrap State for their safety. Since March 2009, Internews has operated an FM radio station in Turalei, the administrative capital of Warrap State’s Twic County. Internews carried out an assessment to investigate the impact of Mayardit FM following the May Abyei crisis and the subsequent mass displacement of people, and make recommendations for future improvements. (More information)

 

Related Stories

  • A New Radio Station in South Sudan Inspires the Local Community

    Journalist interviews a woman who is standing in front of her tent
    Wednesday, February 11, 2015

    Nile FM, a new community radio station, has just been established in Malakal, South Sudan as part of Internews’ Humanitarian Information Service, to respond to the information needs of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in the region, living in informal settlements, or taking shelter within the local UN military base.

    “People listening can hear information from doctors, or about food and water distribution - Nile FM can pass that directly and quickly to the community,” says Steven Anter, Nile FM Community Correspondent. “It’s a good way to get information out – and also to check if the information is true.”

  • South Sudan’s Expanding Radio Network Empowers Citizens with Information

    A group of people stand behind a green ribbon that is being cut by two men.
    Wednesday, February 11, 2015

    With the official launch of Eye Radio’s national repeater network, South Sudan’s first nationally managed, multi-language, nationwide broadcaster is set to become a reality. Celebrations this week marked the opening of the first repeater station, in the Western Equatoria state capital of Torit.

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