• Ecofriendly in Central Asia

    Tuesday, March 14, 2017

    (This story was originally posted on Medium)

    Can you live “green” in Central Asia? Olga Geyne tried. And she let thousands on the web watch.

  • Local TV Stations Help Citizens Get Results

    Four woman sewing
    Thursday, February 13, 2014

    Local independent TV stations in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan are providing citizens with a platform to showcase their successes and call attention to problems they encounter in their communities.

  • "Open Asia" Helps Inform Communities about Local Environmental Concerns

    Two journalists work on a laptop computer
    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

    In the spring of 2012, melting snow and heavy rains caused mudflows and flash floods across Kyrgyzstan. The Ministry of Emergencies did not have the money or resources to deal adequately with the crisis, and residents were left to fend for themselves after the floods destroyed their homes and belongings.

  • Youth-Focused Projects Lead the Field at Social Innovation Camp Central Asia 2012

    Young man holds up a easel paper while another man films through a iPad
    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

    The second annual Central Asia-wide Social Innovation Camp took place from May 31-June 2 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Fifty young web designers, programmers, bloggers and activists were selected to take part of the event out of 138 applicants from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

    Over the course of 36 hours, 420 cups of coffee, and 360 cups of tea, teams developed seven concepts for online applications with a social goal into functioning prototypes. In addition, Internews Kazakhstan staff offered master classes on inspiring social online start-ups and monetizing online civic initiatives.

  • M@trix TV Program Excites Central Asian Youth about Technology and Innovation

    Members of the M@trix team pose for the camera
    Monday, April 30, 2012

    M@trix is a youth-oriented TV program focusing on the latest developments in Internet and technology, reported by young journalists and reaching an audience of 13-25-year-olds across Central Asia.

    “I first found out about Facebook through M@trix,” said Aktan Mazaipova, a student and viewer in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. “Afterwards, I figured it out myself and learned how to use the social network. I learned about Twitter and blogs through M@trix later.”

  • Consumer’s Encyclopedia TV program empowers citizens in Tajikistan

    A worker adjusts some power equipment
    Friday, March 2, 2012

    Power outages regularly affect daily life in Tajikistan, particularly during the fall and winter months. The country’s aging Soviet-era power stations suffer frequent breakdowns, and mismanagement and corruption also contribute to problems in the sector, leaving residents across the country literally in the dark.

    While government authorities had made public promises that electricity to the country’s larger cities would be supplied smoothly in 2011, the number of complaints about power outages in Khudjant, Tajikistan’s second-largest city, remained steady through the autumn.

  • Overcoming Stigma about Disabilities in Tajikistan through Art and Media Coverage

    Children working on crafts in a classroom
    Friday, March 2, 2012

    Vose, Tajikistan: People with disabilities remain largely “invisible” in Tajikistan, due to social stigma and lack of public infrastructure to support their daily needs. The local social services agency in Vose, a regional capital in the southwestern part of the country, near its border with Afghanistan, had been trying to promote study groups where children with mental and physical disabilities could learn to paint and do traditional Tajik handicrafts such as weaving and embroidery, but with little success.

  • TV Program "Khukuk" Inspires Tajik Women to Stand Up for Their Rights

    Mother and baby
    Tuesday, September 20, 2011

    When employees in the local registry bureau tried to force 20-year-old Safargul Karimova to sign divorce papers issued by her husband, she refused to do so—she had learned from the Internews-supported TV program, “Khukuk” (in Tajik, “The Law”) that other options were available to her.