• Internews and Columbia University Collaborate on Researching Communicating During Disasters

    Cover: Communicating during Disasters
    Friday, October 18, 2013

    Communicating during Disasters: Examining the Relationship between Humanitarian Organizations and Local Media – presents the results of a survey conducted by Internews in collaboration with Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) students.

    SIPA graduate students asked representatives of major humanitarian aid and donor organizations to reflect on how they communicate with disaster-affected communities in the field.

  • John Hecklinger

    John Hecklinger
    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

    Back in the Mid-1990’s, John Hecklinger served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR), teaching Literature and Linguistics at the University of Bangui,serving on the National Pedagogical Council for English Instruction, and launching a social enterprise that produced an affordable English study guide for secondary school students.

  • Daily Humanitarian Radio Program Launched in Mali

    A journalist works at the audio mixer
    Tuesday, October 1, 2013

    Radio Klédu, Internews’ partner in Mali and the leading national independent radio service, has started broadcasting a daily humanitarian information program. The 20-minute show, produced by the station’s newly trained journalists, provides vital information to those affected by the country’s multi-faceted humanitarian crisis brought on by conflict, drought and food shortages.

    The program is already promoting improved channels of communication between humanitarian agencies and the population.

  • Becoming a journalist in the world's largest refugee camp - the story of Arale

    Wednesday, September 25, 2013

    Through Internews' journalist training program in the Dadaab refugee camp, Mohamed Aden Ali - who goes by the nickname Arale, has learnt technical editing and production skills which have allowed him to serve a key role in the recently opened Star FM studio in the camps. Arale contracted polio as a child, but despite the difficulties this causes in moving around the sandy streets of Dadaab he also contributes regular news pieces to the program as a reporter, bringing much needed information to his community.

    Watch a video profile of Mohamed Aden Ali.

  • Local Reporting Brings Attention to Women’s Farming in South Sudan

    Journalist interviews a woman farmer in South Sudan
    Monday, September 23, 2013

    When members of the Riau village Women’s Farming Union in South Sudan visited Turalei town to shop in the market in August, a reporter from Mayardit FM wanted to use the opportunity to talk to them about their project.

    The women have formed a 160-member farming collective independently, with no support from either NGOs or the South Sudan government.

    But the women were reluctant to talk about their project, saying tradition dictated that a man should represent them.

  • 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.”

  • 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.