• Connecting Local Radio Stations and Communities to Promote Peace in Côte d’Ivoire

    Cover: Le rôle des médias communautaires dans la stabilisation des régions de post–crise en Afrique
    Wednesday, February 4, 2015

    After the crisis and violence following the 2010 elections, the Ivorian media were accused of being discriminatory and promoting xenophobia and racism. Internews’ project “Radio for social cohesion in the West of Ivory Coast” enabled local media to promote reconciliation and social cohesion through accurate, unbiased journalism that will build long-term resilience against conflict in communities.

  • Radio for Social Cohesion in the West of Côte d’Ivoire

    Monday, January 27, 2014

    Internews Europe is reinforcing the capacities of community radio stations in the most Western region of Côte d'Ivoire – the part of the country most affected by the crisis in 2011. The project enables local media to promote reconciliation and social cohesion through accurate, un-biased journalism that will build long-term resilience against conflict inside communities in the prefectures of Moyen Cavally and 18 Montagnes.

  • Community Radio Helps Heal Post-Conflict Ivory Coast

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

    In 2012, Internews Europe launched a community radio project in Ivory Coast to address the ethnic tensions that had increased since the 2011 post-electoral civil war. The project was designed to improve social cohesion by giving a voice to ordinary citizens. Internews worked with a network of eight local radio stations in the west of Ivory Coast, including Junior FM in Man.

  • News By and For Refugees

    Dadaab Journalist with headphones and mic
    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

    In honor of World Refugee Day, June 20, we are highlighting programs that serve refugees with accurate and reliable information that they produce themselves.

    In crises around the world, information saves lives. Internews supports local media to enable people in the midst of a disaster to take an active role in their own survival and recovery. Many of these humanitarian communication initiatives serve refugees and internally displaced people.

  • Cote d’Ivoire Radio Station, Looted and Burned, Returns to the Airwaves

    Man listens to a portable radio
    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

    While violence has largely subsided, Cote d’Ivoire is still suffering from the effects of the post-electoral crisis that resulted in more than 3,000 deaths and left tens of thousands of people displaced, following the December 2010 disputed presidential election. In recent months, there have been a series of alarming outbreaks of violence that have led to a new wave of internally displaced persons (IDPs).

    Now, Radio Voix du Guémon, a much-needed outlet for local information in Duekoué, a town in the west of the country that was severely impacted by conflict, has returned to the airwaves after an 18-month absence.

  • Aid Agencies Must Do More to Help Refugees Communicate Back Home

    Aid Agencies Must Do More to Help Refugees Communicate Back Home
    Sunday, June 12, 2011

    In early April, Dgihi, a 37-year-old mother of 10, fled her Côte d’Ivoire village when it was attacked by rebels during the months-long conflict seizing the West African nation at the time. She lost track of her husband and two of her daughters in the chaos, and after a week of walking, she and her other eight children waited in a Liberian village, hoping that her family would cross in the same way. She had no other way to reach them.

  • COTE D'IVOIRE-LIBERIA: Fighting rumours with fact

    COTE D'IVOIRE-LIBERIA: Fighting rumours with fact
    Friday, May 13, 2011

    Thousands of refugees in eastern Liberia want to know what has happened to their family members, about the state of their villages, and whether it is safe to go home, said an April assessment by Internews, an NGO working to improve information exchange in disasters.

    “Rumours spread fast”, Internews director Jacobo Quintanilla told IRIN. “There is a massive information vacuum in a crisis…People often run away in the middle of the night. The first thing they do is tune into the radio to find out what is going on - this need must be properly acknowledged.”

  • Assessment Report: Communication Strategy Needed to Assist Ivoirian Refugees in Liberia

    Wednesday, May 4, 2011

    Internews’ assessment along Liberia’s eastern border with Cote d’Ivoire, where more than 150,000 Ivoirians have fled the violence at home, makes several recommendations for how the international aid community, along with local media organizations and telecommunications companies, can better meet the information needs of Ivoirian refugees. Read the report. Watch a video from Liberia.

  • Women Encounter Additional Barriers to Information

    A woman sits under a shelter
    Friday, April 15, 2011

    Two small children huddle close to their mother, Dgihi Emmar, as she breastfeeds her 8-month old daughter and describes losing track of two older daughters in the chaos of fleeing their Ivorian village in the middle of the night.

    “I was sleeping, and [rebels] started firing... I grabbed my children, but people were running in all directions. We ran into the bush, but two of my children were left behind,” says Emmar.

  • "What Information You've Got Today?"

    Thursday, April 14, 2011

    Once a quiet village nestled in the dense forest of southeastern Liberia, Janzon is now a bustling hub for thousands of refugees who have fled the violence and instability of Cote d'Ivoire. The Town Chief, James Mowon, has become one of the most popular men around because he owns one of the few radios in the community. Each evening, he sits under a tall tree and turns his dial to BBC Africa or Radio France International for news updates from Cote d'Ivoire. "[Refugees] come here and ask, 'What information you've got today?'" says Mowon.