The Central African Republic is one of the poorest countries in the world and has been plagued by spill-over fighting from neighboring countries as well as internal rebellion movements since gaining independence from France in 1960. The communications infrastructure in the country is extremely weak, making it difficult for local communities and humanitarian actors to access information.
Internews has worked closely with local partner, the Association of Journalists for Human Rights (AJHR), to connect a network of 13 community radio stations across the Central African Republic. Founded in 2011 following an Internews training, AJHR is a locally run organization that works closely with community radio station staff and local correspondents in the field to collect and disseminate information which is distributed daily via a e-newsletter and their website. Together, AJHR, the network of community radio stations, and local correspondents in remote areas of the country, have helped alert the humanitarian community to cholera outbreaks, food shortages and other humanitarian needs.
Internews has run several projects in the country funded by The United States Institute of Peace, USAID, the Humanitarian Innovation Fund and the US State Department.
- The Community Radio Correspondents Network (CRCN) – 2012
- Mobile2Radio: Connecting Local Media, Humanitarian Actors and Communities through Innovative Communication Flows - 2012
- Integrating Local Media and Information and Communications Technology (ICTs) into Humanitarian Response - 2012