Central African Republic

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The Central African Republic (CAR), despite abundant natural resources, is one of the poorest countries in the world and has been mired in poverty, corruption, political instability and conflict since it gained independence from France in 1960.

In a country with no more than a few hundred kilometers of paved roads and with mobile connectivity limited to the main cities, local radio stations have historically been a lifeline.

Since 2012, the country has been immersed in a political conflict that has killed thousands and displaced hundreds of thousands of citizens internally and across the region.

The current crisis has also severely compromised the capacity of local media to do their job and is starving communities of one of their most precious assets—news about what’s happening in their communities and in other places across CAR.

Since 2010, Internews has worked with the local Association of Journalists for Human Rights (RJDH by its French acronym), and its network of community correspondents to produce daily news bulletins that are distributed to local radio stations and to a distribution list of 1,500+ recipients. The RJDH also shares its content on Twitter and Facebook.

Internews is providing training and mentoring to journalists of the RJDH and local correspondents with a special focus on conflict-sensitive journalism and gender issues.

Internews’ work in CAR is funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Previously, Internews run several media assistance projects funded by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), USAID, DFID’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) and the US State Department.

Download a PDF about Internews' work in CAR.

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