In a small village in South Sudan, there was little food and water. Desperate to find help, sixty-four women villagers walked 40 km to reach their community radio station and plead for help on the air. The authorities heard and responded with relief supplies.
In the Central African Republic, Muslim and Christian journalists are trying to bridge the country's sectarian divide through a community radio station in Bambari. “The radio hopes to be like a kind of bridge over the river that could help people to be reconciled,” said Mathias Manirakiza, the Central African Republic director for Internews, in an article from the Huffington Post.
In an article in Foreign Policy, Internews President & CEO Jeanne Bourgault writes that for refugees making their way to Europe, information is a matter of life and death. Through two-way communication, Internews is to beginning to return dignity to the affected population through information — free of rumor, lies or agenda — so people can find their own way forward.
In some rural communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, there is no advertising market. To make ends meet, at least two radio stations are exploring creative funding models, including milling rice and renting event equipment. Their innovative business models, launched with small grants, are helping make media sustainable.
In Sri Lanka’s emerging tech community, there are many entrepreneurs who have a genuine wish to do well and do good and contribute to opening up sources of information beyond the traditional media outlets. Vimukthi Liyanage had the drive and skills to develop a news app but teaming up with Code4Good provided the key ingredients he needed to polish and launch his product.
Journalists and activists run the risk of harassment and arrest because of insecure communications. But Jon Camfield, Internews Senior Technologist, explains why security tools don’t work if they aren’t easy to use. Developing with users in mind is at the core of Internews’ USABLE project.
In the aftermath of a natural disaster, even small rumors can makes things worse. On the one year anniversary of the Nepal earthquake, we take a moment to share the story of Open Mic, a rumor tracking and management program that we pioneered in the country.
Internews supports the production of quality content that effectively opens space for discussion and reflects the diversity of the community.
In Sri Lanka, Internews’ Journalist Sprint program brings together young journalists of Tamil, Sinhala and Muslim backgrounds to work together, building understanding of each other’s culture and laying a foundation for much-needed healing and reconciliation in the wake of a 27-year civil war.
Internews focuses on filling gaps in coverage of vital issues to drive local change. In Abyei, a disputed region between Sudan and South Sudan where conflict is the status quo, a radio program called Abyei Today has solidly built a reputation as the most trusted source of information and news among its listeners.
For nearly three years the program was a pre-packaged, pre-recorded magazine show of news stories and features reflecting the people and circumstances of Abyei. Now, to the delight of the staff and listeners, the program has gone live.