Commitment to Action

Humanitarian Media Assistance Program

Commitment by

Internews Network

In 2006, Internews Network committed to improving information for crisis-affected populations by preparing and mobilizing local media in responding to humanitarian crises over the following three years. The ultimate goal of this work is to save lives and reduce suffering, especially in developing and vulnerable societies, by improving the flow of information during humanitarian crises and disasters. Internews began the Humanitarian Media Assistance Program in October 2006 and has since responded to 10 crises, including most recently the earthquake in Haiti where Internews is providing daily information on safety, health, aid, and reconstruction and a means for listeners to communicate their needs to government and aid agencies. Internews has also helped launch a new collaboration among UNOCHA, leading relief and development agencies, and media development agencies to maximize aid effectiveness, accountability, and transparency to those affected by crisis.

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Commitment

Humanitarian Media Assistance Program

Launched

2006

Est. Duration

3-5 years

Region

Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America & Caribbean

Countries

Chad, Chile, Haiti, Kenya, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Uganda

Commitment by

Internews Network

Partner(s)

Ushahidi, Arca Foundation, UNICEF, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, USAID, U.S. Department of State, Lodestar Foundation, Global Voices/AmericaSpeaks, The Fritz Institute, MacArthur Foundation, OCHA, UK Department for International Development (DFID)