Aaron Debah is a nurse in Ganta, Liberia – on the front lines of the Ebola outbreak. As well as serving as Executive Director of Community Action Against Ebola (CAAEB), Debah has also been producing radio shows on health issues for two years.
Josh Machleder, Internews Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and Asia Programs is traveling in Eurasia, visiting Internews projects and sending updates on the work of local media and civil society in-country.
When Anja Gengo, a third-year law student at the University of Sarajevo, saw the USAID-funded Internews project in Bosnia call for applicants to its Media Law Clinic and Moot Court, she didn't even know that media law existed. "It's something you don't even hear about," she said.
Even while Afghanistan’s contested presidential election dominated headlines, some Afghans had already been gearing up for the parliamentary elections tentatively scheduled for 2015.
To encourage local youth to discuss how next year’s election will impact their daily lives and communities, the Afghan Cultural House, with support from Internews, held its first mock parliamentary election last month, drawing the participation of 82 young men and women.
This is a critical moment for Myanmar. After decades shut off from the world, the country is finally opening up. Elections will be held in just 15 months, but the organizations that are vital to a democratic transition – civil society groups and independent media – face enormous challenges.
Fortunately, a whole new world of tools is becoming available. Myanmar is on the cusp of a connectivity revolution. Four telecommunication companies are racing to put a smartphone in the hands of Myanmar's 51 million people. The internet era is coming. This creates great opportunities for those pushing for social change.
Naga’ Wanas, a small village in the Droo area of Aswan, Egypt, is characterized by its hospitable agricultural community. However it is steeped in illiteracy and a lack of basic infrastructure. Most of the close-knit community members do not have a strong grasp of their rights under the newly passed Egyptian constitution.
Through Internews’ Egyptian Pulse project, women in Naga’ Wanas were taught how to apply for their national IDs and then use that document to obtain birth and marriage certificates. These documents can secure them legal rights under the new constitution.
The staff and leadership of Internews wish to express their deep sorrow at the apparent cold-blooded killing of three journalists in Guinea; employed by radio stations receiving Internews’ support since early 2014.
Marginalized groups in Egypt, including women, youth and people with disabilities, participated in media programs to increase their knowledge of key issues in the new constitution and expand their participation in the political process. The “Egyptian Pulse” project, conducted by Internews, was the first of its kind to focus on marginalized communities.
(Erbil, Iraq, 17 September 2014) - A new report released today by a consortium of UN agencies, NGOs and media development organisations highlights the importance of access to information for Iraqi communities and their ability to cope with the current humanitarian crisis.
"Communicating with, and providing information to, people affected by the crisis are two of the most important elements of humanitarian response," Kevin Kennedy, Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq, said.