• In Armenia, Public Art Draws Attention to Social Issues

    Thursday, September 5, 2013

    In Armenia, Internews has been supporting a variety of public art projects focused on drawing public attention to social and political issues. Public art can serve as an important way to voice alternative viewpoints and raise public awareness when a country's media is strictly controlled or censored.

  • Radio Coverage Critical to Smooth First Election Held in Dadaab Refugee Camp

    Journalist interviews a man in Dadaab camp
    Tuesday, September 3, 2013

    The world’s largest refugee camp held elections for community leaders this week, in a massive logistical event coordinated by the Kenyan Department of Refugee Affairs. For most of the refugees in Dadaab this was the first time they had ever cast a ballot, and the need for education and information around the election process was critical. With more than 1700 candidates running for office, and a largely illiterate electorate, the challenges were immense.

  • Bosnian Student Helps Open the Conversation on LGBT Rights

    Man and woman stand next to each other holding the award
    Friday, August 30, 2013

    Job loss, eviction, and social ostracism are just some of the risks that LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) individuals in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) encounter when their sexual orientation is revealed, and fear of these risks prevents them from reporting discrimination and bias-motivated crimes.

    "I would not dare press charges against anyone who victimized me for being a lesbian; it would only lead to more problems for me," said one BiH citizen, who preferred to remain anonymous.

  • In World’s Largest Refugee Camp, Souktel & Internews Empower Residents Via Mobile and Radio

    In World’s Largest Refugee Camp, Souktel & Internews Empower Residents Via Mobile and Radio
    Thursday, August 29, 2013

    (SoukTel sent out this e-newsletter about a project in the Dadaab refugee camp using SMS and radio.)

    As the turmoil escalates in Syria, a growing number of refugees are fleeing the nation in search of safety. Unfortunately, they comprise just a small segment of the millions around the world who are forced to live in refugee camps, whether temporarily or for decades. In these situations, it's all the more important--yet all the more challenging--for aid agencies to connect with these displaced communities quickly and effectively. 

  • Humanitarian Data Toolkit Provides Off-the-Shelf Solution to Assess Information Needs

    Signs for refugee camp services
    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

    To help humanitarian responders to quickly gather, analyze, and act upon data during a crisis, Internews and its partners have recently piloted the Humanitarian Data Toolkit, a physical box of tools and a ready-to-go research design that can be rapidly implemented anywhere. The toolkit was created through collaboration with the Internews Center for Innovation and Learning, academic partner

  • On World Humanitarian Day, a Look at Internews' Refugee Radio Work in Dadaab

    Monday, August 19, 2013

    Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, on the border of Kenya and Somalia, is a makeshift home to more than 400,000 people. In this transitory city the need for reliable, accessible humanitarian information was identified by Internews in 2011 as a critical need for a more effective humanitarian response.

  • The Messenger Matters

    The Messenger Matters
    Monday, August 19, 2013

    (Internews' humanitarian information program is covered in an article in This Monthly Developments Magazine.)

    When the Haiti earthquake struck in 2010, local radio broadcasting in Creole quickly alerted a disoriented population to safety measures and available aid. This helped get important information to many illiterate Haitians, who account for roughly half of the population. Most importantly, the lifesaving reports came from trusted local voices: Haitian journalists.

  • Despite Challenges, a Community Radio Station in Kenya Provides Valuable Information on HIV

    Monday, July 29, 2013

    Kangema RANET FM is a local community radio station serving a rural community in Central Kenya. Before a workshop conducted by Internews, the journalists at the station thought their community was not ready to talk about HIV and AIDS. They said they didn’t know anyone living with HIV in their community.

    Then some of the workshop speakers turned out to be their neighbors.

    The seven-day journalism workshop focused on HIV and stigma and made the journalists realize they had previously ignored the issue in their broadcasts.

  • Kenyan Journalist Saida Swaleh

    Saida Swaleh
    Thursday, July 25, 2013

    Saida Swaleh is an award-winning journalist for Kenya Television Network (KTN) who learned much of her trade while working with Internews in Kenya.

    Though she had only been working as a journalist for about a year, in 2012 she was honored as first runner-up for the Media Council of Kenya’s Young Journalist of the Year Awards. This year she won the Gender Reporting Award with her colleague Angel Katusia. Called “Flesh of My Flesh,” the winning story was about the sex trade and included interviews with women who were sex workers and drug dealers in Mombasa, Malindi, Ukunda and Nairobi.