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Call for Applications: Illuminating New Solutions and Programmatic Innovations for Resilient Spaces (Inspires)

September 21, 2020

Call for Applications

The Internews INSPIRES project is calling on Moroccan journalists to apply for a series of workshops and trainings to build their capacity in reporting on legal reform in general and the legal environment for civil society organizations (CSOs) in particular. Other capacities strengthened in the news lab will include developing story ideas, conducting desk research and interviews with relevant sources, understanding verification tools and sourcing, the use of data and infographics, and digital security.

Background

Morocco continues to explore greater openness. It recently joined the Open Government Partnership (OGP), and the King launched an initiative to adopt a new development model that responds to citizens’ demands and pressing needs.  A strong civil society sector and meaningful participation between civil society and the government can help these initiatives succeed.  However, for there to be independent civil society and meaningful participation, there must also be laws that create a protective framework that safeguards CSOs’ basic rights and ensures that they can achieve their missions, address societal needs, develop independent positions, and demand full participation without fearing retaliation or interference in their work. In addition, an enabling legal framework for civil society can also help Morocco meet the values check component of its OGP commitments, an immediate need. Enabling laws can also make it easier for CSOs to fundraise and for domestic philanthropy to grow and thrive, which allows Moroccan civil society to sustainably finance solutions to development challenges.

ICNL and Internews are working with CSOs in Morocco to improve the legal framework for civil society and public participation in the process to ensure they can form and operate and avoid discretionary government actions. 

Internews will support journalists in producing accurate, fact-based and engaging content on the CSO law reform process and work together with civil society organizations to increase public awareness and understanding of Moroccan legal reforms. Strengthening the ability of media and civil society to collaborate on promoting information about legal reforms to the public will ultimately result in greater transparency and accountability at national and local levels.

INSPIRES

ILLUMINATING NEW SOLUTIONS AND PROGRAMMATIC INNOVATIONS FOR RESILIENT SPACES (INSPIRES) is the culmination of an extensive co-creation process under the Broad Agency Announcement for Adapting USAID’s Democracy, Rights, and governance (DRG) Programming to Better Address Global Trends and Challenges, specifically with regard to Enabling and Protecting Civic Space.

INTERNEWS

Internews is a women-led international non-profit organization dedicated to giving people the news and information they need, the ability to connect, and the means to make their voices heard. Since its formation in 1982, Internews has worked in more than 100 countries worldwide. Today, Internews is a trusted partner of myriad donors in the media and information space, including the State Department and USAID, and has active projects in more than 50 countries throughout Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Eurasia, and the Middle East. Internews’ team is over 735 strong; of these, over 620 are outside the U.S. working on our country programs.     

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:

25 September 2020

Who Should Apply?

ISNPIRES is accepting applicants from Morocco:

  •  Journalists at media outlets and information providers (print, online, radio)

APPROACH AND FORMAT

Internews will select 24 journalists to participate in a Legal Reform Reporting News Lab.  

We encourage Moroccan journalists from media outlets and information providers (print, online, radio) to apply.

The INSPRIRES project is designed to help CSOs advocate for their priorities; demand an active role in the drafting of these laws and amendments; and work with the media, other CSOs, and other stakeholders to foster informed and inclusive dialogue and debate and build broader support for law reform.

The Legal Reform Reporting News Lab will help build journalists’ capacity in reporting on legal reform in general and the legal environment for Civil Society in particular. Other capacities that will be strengthened in the news lab include developing story ideas, conducting desk research and interviews with relevant sources, understanding verification tools and sourcing, the use of data and infographics, and digital security.

Short-listed applicants will be contacted and invited to briefing session on the INSPIRES project.

TIMELINE 

  • 25 September - Deadline for submitting applications.
  • 28 September – Selected journalists contacted.
  • 05 October – Briefing session.
  • 06-31 October – Training sessions and workshops.

HOW TO APPLY

  • Fill out the Application Form in English or Arabic .
  • Submit your application online or to MA-Applications@internews.org  by 25 September 2020.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an orientation session.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

All inquiries should go MA-Applications@internews.org.

(Banner photo: French Art Deco Courthouse, Casablanca, Morocco. Credit Ali Eminov/Flickr/CC)