The “Integrating Local Media and ICTs into Humanitarian Response in the Central African Republic (CAR)” project was implemented by Internews and funded by the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF).
Between June 30th and July 10th, 2012, a team of four trained interviewers conducted interviews with 400 randomly selected adults, representative of the adult population of the town of Zemio and its surroundings, over 1,000 km east of the capital Bangui in the prefecture of Haut Mbomou, near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The rapid assessment was conducted to serve as a comparison case to the previously published assessment conducted in Obo, the capital of Haut Mbomou, in July 2012. The Haut-Mbomou, one of the 14 prefectures of the Central African Republic (CAR) is under the threat of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a notoriously violent armed group from northern Uganda.
These results suggest that information must first be local. Respondents in Zemio lacked a local source of news that would contribute to a better perceived access and quality of information. However, having a local quality information source may not necessarily have an impact on understanding and reported perception of humanitarian action.