Internews has used its global humanitarian experience and knowledge of the South Sudan context to provide lifesaving information to communities in need. Interventions range from emergency “Radio-in-a-Box” kits, to hyper-local projects such as “Boda Boda Talk Talk,” an audio information program which is played for community audiences via a system of mobile speakers. These projects currently operate in UN Protection of Civilian sites in Juba, Bor, Malakal and Bentiu, providing vital information in areas where more conventional media may not be able to reach. In 2016, Internews, in collaboration with UNHCR, launched a community radio station for more than 100,000 Sudanese refugees in need of information in Yida and Ajoung Thok in northern Unity State. Internews also provides advisory services on Communicating with Communities (CwC), supporting training and advocacy that highlights the critical importance of communication with communities in promoting accountability within the humanitarian sector. Internews’ work in South Sudan is funded by USAID through the i-STREAM project (Strengthening Free and Independent Media in South Sudan). Internews South Sudan also receives funding from the Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF), the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), World Vision through UKAid’s Disaster Emergency Preparedness Program (DEPP), and the US State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (BPRM).
“[In South Sudan] transparency and the provision of information to affected people improved considerably throughout the response, partly due to a greater understanding of the role of dedicated CwC and community engagement agencies such as Internews.”Report of the Inter-agency Humanitarian Evaluation (IAHE) of the Response to the Crisis in South Sudan – 2015 Juba, South Sudan