• Dreaming Big in Sri Lanka’s Emerging Tech Community

    Tuesday, May 17, 2016

    In Sri Lanka’s emerging tech community, there are many entrepreneurs who have a genuine wish to do well and do good and contribute to opening up sources of information beyond the traditional media outlets. Vimukthi Liyanage had the drive and skills to develop a news app but teaming up with Code4Good provided the key ingredients he needed to polish and launch his product.

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  • For refugees stuck in Greece, no news is bad news

    Christian Science Monitor
    Tuesday, May 17, 2016

    Abdul Rahman Al Habab sits cross-legged in his family’s tiny corner of a large tent and pores over his prized phone. Every few days the father of three from Deir Azzour, Syria, turns on the Internet and checks in with his brothers, now in Germany and Sweden.

  • Solar Power Lights up Mayardit FM

    Solar panels above a patch of bare dirt
    Friday, May 13, 2016

    Mayardit FM, an Internews supported community radio station in Turalei, Warrap State, has long struggled with inconsistent power.

    “I heard they were out of power for three days, so I came straight here,” says Internews Electrical Engineer Issa Kassimu. He concluded that the station’s generator had to be replaced, and so did the backup batteries, which were depleted from repeated insufficient charging during the day.

  • Mingkaman’s Young Reporters Ease Hostility and Unite Youth on the Airwaves

    A young woman speaks into a microphone
    Friday, May 13, 2016

    “I would like to welcome my guests. It’s now time for the new Mingkaman Young Reporters program,” says 100 FM daytime host Deng Daniel Ngor.

    Four Mingkaman residents, out of a group of 12 youth trained on radio and photography by Internews, sat across the table from Ngor in the radio studio. The program highlights pressing issues in the community from the point of view of local youth and the “young at heart.” One such issue is the lack of educational opportunities.

  • Ban Ki-Moon Visits PoC, and Boda Boda Talk Talk is There!

    A group of people walk outside, including Ban Ki-Moon
    Friday, May 13, 2016

    United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon paid a special visit to the UN Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Juba in February as part of his official visit to South Sudan, where he met with the country’s leaders and appealed for peace.

    Speaking to a group of children at the Hope Primary School located inside the PoC, he recounted his own childhood growing up during the Korean War and challenged the leaders and development partners present to invest in education for children.

  • On World Radio Day, a South Sudanese Radio Station Celebrates its First Anniversary

    A woman helps adjust cultural cloths on 3 men
    Friday, May 13, 2016

    On February 16, more than 500 people came to celebrate the first year anniversary of Nile FM, a community radio station located at the heart of one of South Sudan’s conflict areas.

    “Nile FM has played an important role in promoting informed decisions on health, protection, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), and other pertinent issues of the PoC (protection of citizens) community,” said Ken Rogers, the Head of Office for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in Malakal. “I urge Nile FM to continue this incredible service.”