• Land of temples and tech

    The Economist
    Friday, March 27, 2015

    (This article from The Economist discusses Phandeeyar, a center currently being incubated through Internews with the support of the Omidyar Network, the Open Society Foundation, the Schmidt Family Foundation and Baydin.)

  • Internews Testifies Before Congress on the Importance of Access to Trusted, Quality, Local News and Information

    Jeanne Bourgault holds up a poster of 3 women
    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    Jeanne Bourgault, Internews President and Chief Executive Officer, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives on March 25 on the importance of access to trusted, quality, local news and information.

    She emphasized the need to increase efforts to engage more women around the world in media and information. "When women’s voices are heard, and when women produce the news, the information we all consume improves," said Bourgault.  "Additionally, when women have access to accurate, trusted, relevant locally produced information, they make better decisions for themselves, their families and their communities."

  • In Covering Parliamentary Elections, Afghan Reporters are the Bridge between People and the Government

    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    In April of last year, and then again in June, Afghans stunned the world as they came out to the polls in drove, defying Taliban threats to vote in the country's first-ever democratic transfer of power. The high national turnout in both the April and June run-off votes can be attributed in part to the informed and unbiased elections coverage found in local and national elections reporting, something noticeably absent during the previous election in 2009, when international news served as the only reliable source of information.

  • Accountability after Haiyan

    Wednesday, January 21, 2015

    (Stijn Aelbers, who was project director for Internews' humanitarian radio project in the Philippines, was interviewed for this article from IRIN News.)

    LONDON, 21 January 2015 (IRIN) - When Typhoon Haiyan swept across the central Philippines in November 2013, the subsequent emergency response was a test case for the aid industry's aspiration to be accountable to affected populations.

    The phrase became a term of art, with its own initials, AAP, and in the early days of the response the UN appointed its first ever AAP Coordinator.

  • Amid Rise in Attacks, New Coalition Advocates for Afghan Journalists’ Safety

    Four men and one woman sit around a table that has food and glasses on it.
    Thursday, January 15, 2015

    2014 was another deadly year for journalists in Afghanistan. Multiple local and international reporters were either singled out or collateral damage in a string of attacks by Taliban extremists, who last year intensified their assault on individuals and institutions perceived to be allied with Western forces.

  • Wired in a Cyber Wasteland

    The Ventured Life
    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

    (This article from The Ventured Life discusses the technology revolution occurring in Myanmar, including the country’s first hackathon developing tech solutions for social problems, which was supported by Internews. David Madden, Internews Strategy Advisor, is quoted in the article. Madden led the launch of the Phandeeyar: Myanmar Innovation Greenhouse, a project supported by Internews, the Omidyar Network, the Open Society Foundation, the Schmidt Family Foundation and Baydin.)

  • Internews Trainees Recognized for Exceptional Elections Coverage

    Two women and two men on stage with Afghan flags behind them.
    Monday, December 29, 2014

    Stretched over the course of many months, the 2014 presidential election in Afghanistan was a relentlessly grueling process. To many, the election often seemed like it might never produce a winner. Throughout, the Afghan media sector tirelessly reported on the ins and outs of the election – and the campaigning, run-off voting, accusations of fraud, and international audit that accompanied it. 

    "During the prolonged electoral process, we kept working hard to cover the entire process," recalled journalist Mohammad Hassan Khetab.