Finished Projects

Mozambique Media Strengthening Program: Community radios

Mozambique Media Strengthening Program: Community radios

Overview:

The purpose of the Mozambique Media Strengthening Program – Community Radios project is to develop a network of community radio (CR) stations capable of acting as a catalyst for social change at the community level by providing essential information on a broad range of issues that are critical for economic and social development.
The project aims at increasing the ability of community radio stations to provide more and better information to listeners, and to improve the stations’ financial and technical sustainability.
The project is implemented in close collaboration with IREX’s broader media project in Mozambique funded by USAID.

The Mozambique Media Strengthening Program – Community Radios is a 2 years project, funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Contract attached:

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With a population of more than 27 million, Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in Africa with a large proportion of young people (the median age is 17). In 2008 more than half of Mozambicans (54%) were living below the national poverty line and currently life expectancy is of approximately 55 years.

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Community Radios in northern and central region

The majority of the country’s population does not have access to mainstream media. In this predominantly rural country it is estimated that only 6 out of 100 people are internet users. Moreover, many people who live in rural settings do not speak the official language, Portuguese.</

In this context, many people rely on the local Community Radio as their only source of news and information. In addition to the fact that they broadcast the majority of their programs in local languages, CR play an essential role as amplifiers of a broad range of public service information, for example on health, good governance, education, gender, biodiversity or climate change, and act as a catalyst for social change at the community level.

Project Activities:

  1. Community Radio Experience Exchange (Leadership)
  2. On-the-Job Mentorship (Management/Leadership)
  3. Training- Audience Research for Enhanced Radio Content and Income Generation
  4. Training- Radio Program Production/Adobe Audition
  5. Training- Radio Program Production/Adobe Audition for Women Journalists
  6. Experience Exchange- Radio Program Production around Gender/GBV
  7. On-the-Job Mentorship- Journalism & Radio Program Production
  8. Community Radio Experience Exchange- Digital Tools for Community Engagement
  9. Community Radio Experience Exchange- Preventative Equipment Maintenance
  10. On-the-Job Mentorship- Digital Tools, Social Media for Community Engagement and Journalism
U-Impact: From Citizen Involvement to Policy Impact

U-Impact: From Citizen Involvement to Policy Impact

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U-Impact is the acronym of the multi-country cross-border project “From Citizen Involvement to Policy Impact”. It is implemented by nine citizen organizations and supported by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union.

The project coordinates citizen involvement with the public authorities on national and European level in eight EU member states and one candidate state in order to develop a sustainable mechanism for increased impact of citizen initiatives on the policy making process in the EU.

The project specifically targets the European Parliament elected in 2014 and aims at increasing the citizen participation in its policy making process in line with its increased power and competences in the Union.

U-Impact consist of a series of policy initiatives developed by citizens across borders in the 9 participating countries with the aim of improving important everyday aspects of their lives as European citizens and directly targets policy impact on European and national level. The aims of the project include:

  • improving citizen’s understanding of the new power structure of the Union and the new role of Parliament as well as the opportunities to interact and impact its decision making process;
  • helping create a sustainable platform for increased pan-European citizen participation;
  • offering concrete solutions to specific European citizen problems and have them debated with European and national policy makers;
  • creating an inclusive long lasting network for policy debate and impact involving citizens across borders building on their cultural diversity and promoting the development of a common European public space.

U-Impact works to foster a meaningful debate with policy-makers, including the European Parliament and to build the mechanisms for turning citizen involvement into effective citizen impact on EU policy.

Med Media Project: Towards media sector reform in the Southern Mediterranean region

Med Media Project: Towards media sector reform in the Southern Mediterranean region

Overview

IREX Europe is part of a consortium led by BBC Media Action that is implementing the EU funded Med Media Project: Towards media sector reform in the Southern Mediterranean region. Other consortium members include the International Federation of Journalists, the Blanquerna Communications School, the Federation of Arab Journalists and the Jordan Media Institute.

 

 

The Programme, which runs from January 2014 to January 2018, will aim to reinforce the role of the media in the target countries to act as vectors for democratization and contribute to the development of a more public service oriented media landscape in the Southern Mediterranean. The project also aims to contribute to the creation and development of a public sphere in the region.

The Programme will be implemented in 9 countries of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) of the Southern Mediterranean (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia). The ENP was developed in 2004 by the European Union with the objective of “avoiding the emergence of new dividing lines between the enlarged EU and its neighbours to the South and the East, and of strengthening the prosperity, stability and security of all concerned”. Key stakeholder groups include regulatory and statutory bodies, journalism unions and support organisations, public service and community media and policy makers.

Background

Despite new freedom promised by the Arab Spring, media across the ENP South region still struggle to act as drivers for positive social change. Challenges include continued political interference and lack of editorial independence, the rise of social media as an alternative source of news and opinion, and the dominance of pan-Arab broadcasters in local media markets. The project will aim to promote a public service orientated media section is in the region through peer-to-peer mentoring, assisting state broadcasters to make qualitative improvements to their outputs, improving engagement with their audiences, and use of social media.

Project Activities

Review of existing legislation in target countries relating to media and existing regulatory mechanisms

Media mapping of media development projects in the region

Organisation of a series of round-tables (topics include media regulation in transitional democracies, transparency of media ownership, the advertising market, international benchmarking for media development, media literacy, parliamentary hearings on state financing of the media, conferences on minority-language media, gender mainstreaming and protection of women’s rights)

Coaching activities for grantees as well as peer-to-peer mentoring activities between European and regional stakeholders

Set-up of a knowledge management portal for research materials.

Regional networking activities and conferences to provide opportunities for experience sharing and dialogue.

 

Syria:  Justice and Accountability Centre

Syria: Justice and Accountability Centre

The Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) is a multi-laterally supported organisation that will collect, collate, receive, process, analyse, and securely store information, evidence, documentation and other materials relating to violations of human rights and humanitarian law in Syria. The SJAC will serve as a coordinating mechanism for organisations and individuals that are already engaged in the documentation of human rights abuses, providing an electronic repository for information as well as identifying and addressing crucial gaps. The purpose of the SJAC’s analyses is to identify patterns of events, crimes, and capture a historical record of victims’ experiences in view of a broad range of future accountability and transitional justice processes.

Overview

Founded in 2012, the Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) is a multi-laterally supported organization that collects, collates, receives, processes, analyzes, and securely stores information, evidence, documentation and other materials relating to violations of human rights and humanitarian law in Syria. Based in Lyon, France, the SJAC serves as a coordinating mechanism for organizations and individuals that are already engaged in the documentation of human rights abuses, providing an electronic repository for information as well as identifying and addressing crucial gaps. The purpose of the SJAC’s analyses is to identify patterns of events, crimes, and capture a historical record of victims’ experiences in view of a broad range of future accountability and transitional justice processes.

Background

The idea for the SJAC first emerged during the second Friends of Syria meeting in April 2012. The Friends of the Syrian People envisioned that the SJAC promote accountability and justice for Syria through the establishment of an independent and multi-lateral institution, cooperation among actors working on human rights and accountability efforts for Syria, the development of a credible information repository on violations of human rights and humanitarian law related to Syria, as well as through the expertise of its staff and partners.

The SJAC became operational in July 2012 when its international implementing partners and the SJAC Executive Director hired key staff, launched the SJAC’s programming, began registering the institution in Lyon, France, and began conducting outreach and fundraising activities. The SJAC has been successful in securing financial and political support from a wide range of countries and multi-lateral organizations.
Under the guidance of a Board of Directors (BoD), comprised of transitional justice and Syrian experts, the SJAC is driven by the following vision and mission.

The Vision

The Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) envisions a Syria where people live in a state defined by justice, respect for human rights and the rule of law; where perpetrators of human rights abuses are held accountable; and victims are recognized and compensated for violations they have suffered.

The Mission

to promote justice and accountability in Syria through ensuring that all violations of international criminal, humanitarian, and human rights law are documented, that civil society and other relevant actors work effectively together, and that data and expertise are available to serve as a deterrent to continuing abuses and for future accountability and transitional justice efforts.

IREX Europe is provided technical support to the SJAC to establish its project offices in Lyon, France.

Somaliland:  Interactive Theatre for Peace

Somaliland: Interactive Theatre for Peace

Overview

Building upon IREX Europe’s two successful theatre for peace projects in Somaliland, IREX Europe will continue work with its Hargeisa-based partner Kow Media Corporation to promote peaceful dialogue on community issues. The project, funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, targets 48 Somali communities in the 6 regions of Somaliland utilising Drama for Conflict Transformation methodologies. This innovative methodology, which combines theatre, debate, poetry, and reflection, creates a ‘safe space’ for exploring incendiary issues such as tribalism, radicalisation, community tensions and other drivers of conflict. IREX Europe and its partners have successfully implemented the methodology with Somali communities in Kenya, in Indonesia and in Central Asia.

Background

Since declaring independence in 1991, Somaliland has surprised the world as a fledgeling democracy, holding peaceful elections and successfully integrating traditional Somali modes of governance into contemporary politics. However, Somaliland remains vulnerable to extremism and violence due to regional instability, including ongoing tensions between Puntland and Somaliland, which have escalated into violence several times. Within this climate, communities have had few models for civil discourse and little opportunity for constructive debate of political issues. As a result, street protests and violence are too often the way in which people attempt to resolve political and social issues. As Somalis become increasingly disenfranchised and frustrated, extremist voices can appear an increasingly attractive alternative to democracy. This project will build upon Kow Media’s work through its “Geediga Nabada” Peace Caravan team of trained theatre practitioners and successful IREX Europe/Kow Media collaboration through the Theatre to Promote Peace and Understanding Project, funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Project Activities

The project will increase the impact of the Geediga Nabada theatre throupe through capacity building in the use of structured dialgoue and interactive theatre techniques. This will include longer terms contracting, theatre troupe management capacity building, and integrating script writing into the theatre group repetoire. In addition, ast least 2 new young actors will be recruited to thte troupe to add sustainability and flexibility to the troupe.

IREX Europe and Kow Media will organise a travelling theatre caravan to offer shows in six regions of Somaliland targeting up to 30,000 people. Following each performance, members of the theatre troupe with training in facilitating discussion sessions will encourage dialogue amongst the community members present to promote critical thinking and challenge entrenched views. Community members will be invited to speak about challenges specific to their lives and areas, encouraging dialogue and the collective identification of solutions. During these discussion sessions, facilitators also will encourage viewers to create their own poetical verses discussing the issues addressed in the theatre performances. This is especially relevant in Somaliland, where poetry is an important component of cultural expression.

EU – Media Neighbourhood Programme

EU – Media Neighbourhood Programme

On April 16, the European Commission officially launched Media Neighbourhood – a 3 year programme to train over 1200 journalists across 17 EU neighbouring countries and territories. IREX Europe is part of a consortium led by BBC Media Action who will deliver journalism training and networking activities. The focus countries are : Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian Territory, the Russian Federation, Syria, Tunisia and Ukraine.

Alice Morrison, Team Leader for Media Neighbourhood said : “This is a broad and ambitious project. We’ll be offering the opportunity for world-class training to a diverse group of journalists and editors across an enormous geographical area. It is a chance to really make a difference by boosting skills, especially in the areas of media independence and online media.”

The project has a budget of EUR 4.5 million and the consortium delivering it is BBC Media Action, IREX Europe, Fondation AFP, L’Orient-Le Jour, CFI (French Televisions Group), LDK and the Media Development Center. Media Neighbourhood will bring together media professionals to create a peer group of journalists supporting each other, strengthening professional reporting standards and ethics amongst journalists working for local media across the ENPI region. A particular focus will be given to freedom of expression and its role in countries engaged in the process of democratisation.

The EU Neighbourhood area covers 16 countries and territories participating in the European Neighbourhood policy (ENP) plus the Russian Federation. ENP was developed by the EU to help prevent divisions between the enlarged EU and its neighbours. It strives to strengthen prosperity, stability and security for all.