• Dadaab Journalist Fatuma Abdi Gedi

    Monday, September 9, 2013

    Fatuma Abdi Gedi is a young woman from the Kenyan community of Dadaab - host to the world’s largest refugee camp. She had no previous journalism experience prior to her training with Internews, and is now a reporter and co-presenter on Gargaar, a daily Somali language radio program broadcast daily to the camps and local community.

    Watch a video profile of Fatuma Abdi Gedi.

  • Local Community Takes Ownership of Radio Stations in South Sudan

    Two women work on a vote petition
    Friday, September 6, 2013

    Hundreds of listeners in South Sudan came to vote for and celebrate their new radio station associations, a big step towards true community ownership of the local stations.

    “This association will be able to collect the views of the community and pass them on to the station,” said Naath FM Radio Association Member John Chuol Chap. “Naath FM will be able to broadcast programs that will represent the needs and concerns of our community. This will be useful for residents in the area, since this is our station.”

  • Voices from the WWNO Listening Post: Back to School

    Voices from the WWNO Listening Post: Back to School
    Thursday, September 5, 2013

    (This post on the WWNO - University of New Orleans radio station - is about the Listening Post project, which was developed in collaboration with Internews.)

    WWNO's new community media project, the Listening Post, has spent the last few weeks collecting commentaries from around the city on the subject of education.

  • In Armenia, Public Art Draws Attention to Social Issues

    Thursday, September 5, 2013

    In Armenia, Internews has been supporting a variety of public art projects focused on drawing public attention to social and political issues. Public art can serve as an important way to voice alternative viewpoints and raise public awareness when a country's media is strictly controlled or censored.

  • Radio Coverage Critical to Smooth First Election Held in Dadaab Refugee Camp

    Journalist interviews a man in Dadaab camp
    Tuesday, September 3, 2013

    The world’s largest refugee camp held elections for community leaders this week, in a massive logistical event coordinated by the Kenyan Department of Refugee Affairs. For most of the refugees in Dadaab this was the first time they had ever cast a ballot, and the need for education and information around the election process was critical. With more than 1700 candidates running for office, and a largely illiterate electorate, the challenges were immense.

  • Bosnian Student Helps Open the Conversation on LGBT Rights

    Man and woman stand next to each other holding the award
    Friday, August 30, 2013

    Job loss, eviction, and social ostracism are just some of the risks that LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) individuals in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) encounter when their sexual orientation is revealed, and fear of these risks prevents them from reporting discrimination and bias-motivated crimes.

    "I would not dare press charges against anyone who victimized me for being a lesbian; it would only lead to more problems for me," said one BiH citizen, who preferred to remain anonymous.

  • In World’s Largest Refugee Camp, Souktel & Internews Empower Residents Via Mobile and Radio

    In World’s Largest Refugee Camp, Souktel & Internews Empower Residents Via Mobile and Radio
    Thursday, August 29, 2013

    (SoukTel sent out this e-newsletter about a project in the Dadaab refugee camp using SMS and radio.)

    As the turmoil escalates in Syria, a growing number of refugees are fleeing the nation in search of safety. Unfortunately, they comprise just a small segment of the millions around the world who are forced to live in refugee camps, whether temporarily or for decades. In these situations, it's all the more important--yet all the more challenging--for aid agencies to connect with these displaced communities quickly and effectively.