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Information is a lifeline to those in the midst of difficult and confusing journeys.
Andrea Panico isn’t getting much sleep. He takes my call at 9.30pm and he still has a long night ahead of him. By day, the We World team leader in Ventimiglia, Italy is attending a crisis management course and most nights he is out in the streets of the town from late at night until the early hours of the morning – talking to refugees and migrants.
Information and media play a critical role in furthering human development and good governance the world over. In Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), a host of factors constrain their ability to do so. Decades of crisis, underpinned by poor governance and regional conflict, have kept the region in a perpetual state of instability, poverty, and isolation. Media accessibility and information flows are consequently limited, leaving FATA's residents without the information they need to live safer, more productive lives.
Embracing Change: The Critical Role of Information, a research project by the Internews' Center for Innovation & Learning, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, combines Internews' longstanding effort to highlight the important role of information with Rockefeller's groundbreaking work on resilience. The project focuses on three major aspects:
Internews Europe’s global programme team successfully implemented an ambitious portfolio of projects in 2013 to support local media and information systems in some of the most fragile, crisis-hit and poorest countries of the world.
The latest edition of Internews Europe's 2013 Annual Review summarises achievements across a diverse range of projects in more than 30 countries worldwide.
Pakistan must investigate Inter-Services Intelligence over attacks against journalists
Pakistani authorities should immediately investigate the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the military’s premier spy agency, over its alleged involvement in journalist attacks, said Amnesty International on the third anniversary of the abduction and killing of journalist Saleem Shahzad.
Pakistan’s Journalists Face Digital Threats
New research shows most professionals aren’t aware of ways to protect themselves, their data, and their sources online
News spreads quickly around the world in the immediate aftermath of a crisis. Details, videos, and testimonials circulate on the web and via media outlets within seconds of a natural disaster or the outbreak of violence.
But for people in the midst of the crisis, getting information is usually much harder. Power goes down. Mobile networks fail. Local journalists can be victims and even become targets themselves, unable to report out. And survivors are often left to rebuild their lives with no effective means to communicate with those providing aid.
Public healthth is a crucial priority on the global development aid agenda. Nations trying to manage new epidemics amid existing disease and malnutrition burdens face challenges to their own development, which, in turn, have an impact on global development.
Internews believes local media is an under-utilized tool in public health strategies. Establishing, supporting, and enhancing local information platforms can contribute significantly to health-seeking behavior and community mobilization around health issues.
In 2010, Internews Network commits to deepening the innovative use of new technologies in its future emergency and humanitarian media response programs, enabling disaster affected populations better access to humanitarian media information.
Internews has responded to two recent humanitarian crises -- the torrential floods in Pakistan and the outbreak of ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan -- by supporting local media to provide essential information via radio broadcasts.
In Pakistan, Internews is responding to the worst floods in decades by providing information to nearly five million people affected by the floods in Pakistan's northwest region.
Since the outbreak of ethnic violence in southern Kyrgyzstan this June, the media has made attempts to inform the affected popultion, bring volunteers together, and help to …
Radio Broadcasts Supplying Critical Information to Victims and Emergency Response Personnel
(August 10, 2010) Internews is responding to the worst floods in Pakistan in decades by providing vital information to the nearly two million people who are affected by this natural disaster.
Working with local radio stations in the hardest hit areas in Pakistan's northwest region, Internews is ensuring journalists are able to continue reporting on the devastation and on the critical relief efforts now underway.
(June 14, 2010) Internews is connecting the humanitarian community responding to Pakistan's internal displacement crisis in the northern and tribal areas through an online portal that highlights the stories of people living as Internally Displace Persons (IDP's) in camps and those returning to the post-conflict areas.
The Humanitarian Information Portal (HIP), is a space to listen to and respond to Pastho-language radio programs, Sabaoon and Maraam, both supported by Internews. Online, each story is summarized in English.
This handbook is designed to prepare journalists to cover natural and man-made disasters - and their impact on people, communities and countries - in an informed and balanced way. The handbook presents a combination of standard professional reporting techniques and a basic education in the mandates, roles and operational modes of key actors in the humanitarian sector.
The background information, guidelines, examples and resources offered here are intended for practical daily reference by working journalists whose audiences are either directly affected by humanitarian …
"Reporting on a region where the fate of the international 'war on terror' will be decided is not a job for the faint of heart." So says Aurangzaib Khan, Manager of Media Development for Internews based in Peshawar, Pakistan.
As headlines around the world focus on the seemingly intractable security and political crises in Pakistan and Afghanistan, a new cast of thousands of media professionals and volunteers are working hard to give voice to people most affected by these conflicts. Internews has operated in Afghanistan since 2002 and in Pakistan since 2003 to support local, independent media, including building a network of 35 locally owned community radio stations around Afghanistan, mentoring over 400 journalists across Pakistan including in the tribal regions, and seeding and supporting new media training …
Independent, local media can improve humanitarian relief and enable people in the midst of crisis to take an active role in their own survival and recovery. In the past 20 years, the humanitarian community has dramatically improved the way relief is provided to people caught up in disasters and crises. However, much more could be done to keep those most affected by disaster informed of assistance efforts and able to engage in the relief process.
The first priority for humanitarian organizations is to provide services and critical aid.
MacArthur Foundation Challenge Grant Enables Local Media to Provide Lifesaving Information in Emergencies
(February 10, 2009) With a three-year, $500,000 challenge grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Internews Network has established a fund to enable local media to provide vital news and information to survivors of humanitarian disasters and other crises.
"Internews' global reach and experience make it possible for us to respond immediately in emergency situations," said David Hoffman, President of Internews Network.
When Pakistan's worst natural disaster struck on October 8, 2005, over 80,000 died, including 30,000 children in classrooms. More than 100,000 were injured, and 3.5 million lost their homes. With transmitters down and radios lost in the rubble, survivors had little access to credible information. Rumors were rampant. Many in cut-off mountain villages realized too late that their best hope for survival would have been to trek out, their wounded on their backs, as bad weather meant no helicopters were coming to rescue them.
By Annette Makino, Internews Senior Vice-President for Communications and Corporate Affairs
From a 20-foot cargo container perched on cinderblocks in the middle of a frontier town in Chad, Radio Absoun is making a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of refugees who have fled the genocide in neighboring Darfur, and the lives of Chadians affected by their arrival.
The radio station broadcasts a mixture of news, information and music for six hours everyday.
About 10,000 families, badly affected by the devastating October 2005 earthquake in Pakistan-administered Kashmir and North West Frontier Province, have received radio sets to help stay better informed as they rebuild their shattered lives.
Donated free of charge by Internews Network, an international media development NGO, the radio sets were distributed in August 2006 with the logistical assistance of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
The massive north Asian earthquake of 7.6 magnitude on the Richter scale killed upwards of 80,000 people, injured 150,000 …