Today, on World Humanitarian Day, Internews is marking the important role of information in humanitarian response. In any crisis, whether natural disaster or armed conflict, information is an important form of aid in its own right.
In South Sudan, Gaza, and West Africa, Internews is currently helping to fill information voids and support two-way communication between affected populations and aid providers. Focusing on information as a means of humanitarian response enables people to take an active role in their own survival, and makes humanitarian aid more effective and accountable.
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Internews, Humanity United and CPJ invite you to a conversation with four journalists visiting from South Sudan for the US-Africa Leaders Summit.
Amid conflict and threats to their own safety, the journalists have remained committed to broadcasting which informs their communities. From a 24-hour station in Juba to a unique humanitarian news service delivered via loudspeakers on a motorbike, the reporters have found ways to produce accurate, trusted information for South Sudan’s listeners, wherever they are.
South Sudan holds the title of the world’s newest country, having only declared its independence in 2011. The new country faces a harrowing set of challenges, including inadequate infrastructure, high levels of poverty, and poor health conditions. These challenges were only aggravated by the conflict that erupted in December 2013, displacing more than 1 million citizens, and jeopardizing lives, homes, and resources.
Shannon England is the new Vice President for Global Development for Internews, an international organization dedicated to helping communities participate in and realize the benefits of independent media, technology, and the free flow of information.
“Shannon is a great asset to Internews in this role,” said Jeanne Bourgault, President and CEO of Internews. “Her wide experience in business development will help Internews engage a diverse group of funders with philanthropic interests that align with our mission. We are very pleased to have her join us.”
Elizabeth (“Lizzie”) Kountze is the new Director of Outreach and Partnerships for Internews, an international organization dedicated to helping communities in developing, post-conflict, and in-conflict countries realize the benefits of independent media, technology, and the free flow of information.
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