For this assignment, I found Internews Europe. Since starting in 1995, the organization’s mission has been to create media and train journalists in underserved areas. This means establishing networks in Libya after the fall of Gaddafi, serving those affected by floods in Pakistan and establishing fellowships to focus on universal issues such as climate change.
What’s interesting is that many of these projects, which are about six months to a year-long, are supported by larger organizations such as the BBC and the United States government. I think Internews has become a niche organization where larger bodies can supply it with funds instead of having to do the outreach themselves.
As recently as Aug. 31, Internews received a grant by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Directorate to create a radio station for Somali refugees in Dadaab, Kenya. The impending service would provide the hundreds of thousands of refugees with information on food, supplies and how the Ethiopian government is responding to the situation. According to the article I read on reliefweb.int, the camp is the largest of its kind in the world.
What I find compelling is that journalists will be trained to transmit their broadcasts from their mobile devices. What used to require a large studio in a single place has been granted much more flexibility.
The upcoming Kenyan project shows that there will always be people in dire situations who require easily accesible infromation. The easiest form seems to be radio.