The media can play a vital a role in establishing social cohesion in post crisis regions. Internews has published a report which concludes that creating links between communities and local radio stations can improve the quality of broadcasting and contribute to building bridges and understanding between communities.Read more
Internews’ Voice Up! project works to improve the capacity of civil society in Côte d’Ivoire to communicate effectively and advocate for human rights, including the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities. Internews has partnered with Alternative-Côte d’Ivoire and O’Village for this project. Alternative-Côte d’Ivoire is an education-based, HIV prevention organization targeting sexual minorities and groups of people interacting with the most vulnerable populations. O’Village has extensive training experience in using social media and information and communications technology (ICT) to promote human rights, including providing training and mentoring to online and social media to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and NGOs. Voice Up! will result in an empowered community of activists and civil society organizations with the ability, resources, and media space to advance meaningful campaigns promoting human rights and accountability, particularly for LGBT communities.
After the crisis and violence following the 2010 elections, the Ivorian media were accused of being discriminatory and promoting xenophobia and racism.
Internews Europe is reinforcing the capacities of community radio stations in the most Western region of Côte d'Ivoire – the part of the country most affected by the crisis in 2011.
In 2012, Internews Europe launched a community radio project in Ivory Coast to address the ethnic tensions that had increased since the 2011 post-electoral civil war. The project was designed to improve social cohesion by giving a voice to ordinary citizens.
In honor of World Refugee Day, June 20, we are highlighting programs that serve refugees with accurate and reliable information that they produce themselves.
While violence has largely subsided, Cote d’Ivoire is still suffering from the effects of the post-electoral crisis that resulted in more than 3,000 deaths and left tens of thousands of people displaced, following the December 2010 disputed presidential election.
In early April, Dgihi, a 37-year-old mother of 10, fled her Côte d’Ivoire village when it was attacked by rebels during the months-long conflict seizing the West African nation at the time.
Thousands of refugees in eastern Liberia want to know what has happened to their family members, about the state of their villages, and whether it is safe to go home, said an April assessment by Internews, an NGO working to improve information exchange in disasters.
Internews’ assessment along Liberia’s eastern border with Cote d’Ivoire, where more than 150,000 Ivoirians have fled the violence at home, makes several recommendations for how the international aid community, along with local media organizations and telecommunications companies, can better meet
Two small children huddle close to their mother, Dgihi Emmar, as she breastfeeds her 8-month old daughter and describes losing track of two older daughters in the chaos of fleeing their Ivorian village in the middle of the night.