• Back to School in War-Torn Gaza

    Young girls sit at their desks in a classroom
    Monday, September 15, 2014

    In Gaza, families are eager to begin the new school year as at least one marker of a return to normalcy. However, many families are uncertain about how to get their children to school and how to keep them safe. Many schools are still being used as shelters for those displaced by the conflict this summer.

  • For Gaza, Tech and Communication Tools Work Hand-in-Hand

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

    According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), the number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Gaza stands today at around 500,000, almost a third of the population. With the new ceasefire in place as of late August, citizens and humanitarian organizations are starting to think about how to move towards a sustainable and rapid recovery for the population of Gaza.

  • Radio Journalists in the Central African Republic Respond to the Ebola Crisis

    People sitting in the audience at a talk
    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

    The deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa - the worst in recorded history - has so far claimed over 2,000 lives. Public reactions in the Central African Republic (CAR) to confirmed cases of Ebola in the bordering Equateur Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have highlighted the potential for panic, the extent of ignorance about the disease and the lack of appropriate medical facilities in CAR.

  • Radyo Bakdaw ("Rise")

    Communication Initiative - Media Development
    Tuesday, September 9, 2014

    (Internews' humanitarian information response to the typhoon in the Philippines is described in this article from Communication Initiatives.)

    When typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on November 8 2013, Internews' Humanitarian Team was deployed to Guiuan, Eastern Samar, to set up Radyo Bakdaw ("Rise"), which provided emergency information to the citizens of Guiuan. The station went live on November 26, providing news and information to people in the aftermath of the typhoon until May 2014.

  • Reporting Beyond the Crashes

    People gather around a crashed truck
    Monday, September 8, 2014

    The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Status report on Road Safety for 2013 estimates that more than 8,000 people are killed in road traffic crashes in Kenya every year.

    Crash-related injuries number in the tens of thousands.

    These are numbers, but they represent deep family tragedy and tremendous health, economic and disability costs.  

    Better road infrastructure that lends itself to higher speeds has not led to better road safety conditions. Rather, old driving habits more suited to poor road infrastructure and congestion, have resulted in increased horrific crashes, now commonly reported in the media.