1. Don’t reinvent the wheel.
This resource paper is part of the Secure Access in Volatile Environments (SAVE) research program, funded by UK-DFID. This three-year research program aims to contribute solutions for providing effective and accountable humanitarian action amid high levels of insecurity.
The project involves global-level and field-level analyses in four focus countries: Afghanistan, Somalia, South Sudan and Syria. This report presents the main research findings and key lessons on community feedback mechanisms in insecure settings.
(This story was originally posted on Medium.)
In a beauty parlor in the Macroyan area of Afghanistan, women gather to have their makeup done. Among the few public places in Afghanistan that are exclusively for women, the women watch beauty tips from Indian programming on TV, and surf Facebook for fashion pages.
Afghanistan has made great strides in establishing media and communications outlets. However, very little is known about the ways in which Afghans actually engage in information exchange. To inform work with the media and effectively enhance access to information in Afghanistan, Internews commissioned Sayara Research to map information ecosystems in three areas of Afghanistan.
In the Loop explores the concerns and perceptions of people affected by the EU refugee crisis. Internews documents online and offline feedback gathered from refugees and migrants on a daily basis. By providing analysis of this feedback, the review aims to strengthen accountability and close the feedback loop by giving voice to Persons of Concern.
Last month, more than 150 funding partners, government agencies and NGOs – including Internews – came together to officially launch the nine “Principles for Digital Development.” These nine principles are a set of best practices, a kind of tech-safety checklist, to help organizations better leverage appropriate technology to improve development outcomes.
Raising the voice of women journalists, highlighting the status of women in the media in Afghanistan – the first Afghan Women and Media Conference was a significant event, providing a platform for women in the media to take up issues such as professional capacity and safety and security, and discuss ways to address them.
The two-day conference was held March 5-6 in Kabul, bringing together 123 women and 44 men in the media from 31 provinces of Afghanistan.