Over two years since the end of the post-electoral crisis which led to an estimated 3,000 deaths, Cote d’Ivoire remains in a fragile state of peace. Despite improved economic growth and continued attempts by President Ouattara’s administration to promote social cohesion and communal reconciliation, sporadic outbreaks of violence and ethnic tension continue to threaten the nation’s stability.
Internews’ work in Cote d’Ivoire has focused on rebuilding community radio stations in Western Cote d’Ivoire, the region most heavily affected by the conflict. By training staff at local radio stations to more effectively communicate information related to reconciliation efforts and helping local journalists to understand new communications technologies, Internews helped to improve the reputation of local radio as an importance source of information for the community. Internews also developed a strong partnership with the School of Journalism - Institute des Science et de la Technique de la Communication (ISTC) – to build an online independent, credible news platform. Www.newsivoire.com, is one of the few neutral, independently owned and operated sources of national news in the country, giving people access to more credible information.
Internews’ most recent project in Cote d’Ivoire, “On Air for Peace: Improving Reliability and Credibility of Community Radio in Cote d’Ivoire,” was funded by the US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.
Radio for Social Cohesion in the West of Côte D’Ivoire, a project of Internews Europe.