- Following the January 12th earthquake in Haiti, immediately deployed an international team and equipment, conducted media assessments, distributed 9,000 radios, began producing a free daily Creole news broadcast, News You Can Use, distributed to more than 25 local radio stations, and is providing humanitarian reporting training to local staff and journalists.
- Launched 10 humanitarian media responses providing infrastructure and training to local journalists and media outlets including:
- partnering with Ugandan community radio stations to report effectively on conflict, gender-based violence, justice, and reconciliation in 2007,
- engaging local media in mitigating the post-election violence in Kenya in early 2008, and
- establishing a humanitarian information service for IDPs fleeing the Pakistani Military offensive against the Taliban in the Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP) in 2009.
- Secured multi-year core capacity funding from the MacArthur Foundation for rapid response in 2008.
- Established an international network of skilled radio technicians and experienced humanitarian reporters.
- Developed emergency radio production and broadcast equipment kits for pre-positioning and rapid deployment during first phase of an emergency response and pre-negotiated procurement.
- Published and widely disseminated case studies on engaging local media in humanitarian crises, 'Information Saves Lives.' (March, 2009)
- Convened a working group of humanitarian organizations and media development organizations to discuss communications between those affected by disaster and those who aim to support them. (March, 2009)
- Co-founded the Inter-Agency Group on Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) which includes UNOCHA, leading relief and development agencies as well as media development agencies in a new collaboration to maximize aid effectiveness, accountability and transparency to those vulnerable to or affected by crisis. (2009)
- Developed a research agenda of information ecologies of crisis-prone and crisis-stricken communities and ways in which they can be made robust before, during and after emergencies.
Internews Network has a new partnership with the Fritz Institute, a world leader in efforts to improve disaster relief management and logistics, to raise the awareness, deepen the understanding, and ultimately make the case to the international community about the power of local media in maximizing the effectiveness of humanitarian response. The partnership aims to positively change the way humanitarian organizations and funders regard and support the role of local media in humanitarian response and to improve strategies to increase the effectiveness of local media in humanitarian response.
The overall goal of media assistance in in-crisis countries is to enable local media to provide the most familiar, comprehensible and accurate information possible.
- Began hands-on journalism training workshops in Northern Uganda to help build local reporters' capacity to report effectively on conflict, peace, gender-based violence, justice, and reconciliation. Internews' programs enabled thousands of people to gain access to news and information in their native languages, allowing them to seek essential services and make decisions about their daily lives.
- HMAP continued efforts to identify skilled radio technicians and trained humanitarian reporters who are qualified for rapid deployment to implement emergency communications in remote areas with poor infrastructure; list of field-tested equipment is continuously refined.
- Partnered with several other organizations, including the Museum of Television and Radio in New York, to raise awareness of media's role in humanitarian relief.
- Plans continue to secure core funding for the HMAP network of engineers, journalists, equipment, and rapid deployment resources, and to support the continued operation of one of Internews Network's most critical humanitarian programs, the Humanitarian Information Service serving Darfuri refugees in Chad.
September - December 2006
- Established a team to identify and coordinate with new partners, and negotiate procurement relationships to build the HMAP program and the capacity to immediately respond to localized international humanitarian crisis communication needs.
- Increased network of skilled radio technicians and trained humanitarian reporters who are qualified for rapid deployment to implement emergency communications in remote areas.
- Teamed with Microsoft Corporation's Humanitarian Systems department to design field testing of new wireless emergency communication equipment and implement new systems of communications in areas where regular telecommunications systems are unavailable or non-existent.
- Launched the first radio program dedicated to helping female Darfuri refugees to protect themselves and their families from violence, heal after traumatic experience, and seek durable solutions to resolving local tensions. Following the success of the program, listening clubs were started, providing the women with a safe space to discuss sensitive issues such as forced child marriage, girls' education, abandonment and violence against women.
- Internews launched the training program Mission Possible in Kenya, aimed at addressing dangerous tensions between ethnic communities in the wake of the post-election violence in early 2008.
- Internews has worked with 60 media outlets in Kenya, including more than half the country's radio stations, to aid their reporting on the specific humanitarian issues citizens are facing.
- In the past year, Internews has continued and strengthened its Humanitarian Information Service, a network of Internews-supported stations reaching the more than 220,000 Sudanese refugees in Chad's refugee camps, as well as the nearby local populations and the growing number of internally displaced Chadian (IDPs).