Project Synopsis

OSISA Journalism Summer School

After successfully hosting the inaugural OSISA Journalism Summer School (JSS), the Polytechnic of Namibia is seeking support to host the second edition of the Summer School. The inaugural JSS was funded as an operational project, with the OSISA Media and ICTs Programme playing a central role in coordinating the development of course materials, selection and invitation of both facilitators and participants, and co-management of Programme with the Polytechnic of Namibia. The overall objective of this initiative is to improve journalism as a profession that enhances democracy in the region.

Enhancing Regional dialogue on Internet Governance in Southern Africa

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) e-Africa Programme seeks OSISA support to work on three related areas in 2013-2014 – namely the establishment of national internet governance forums in at least ten countries in southern Africa, co-convening the 2013 edition of the Southern Africa Internet Governance Forum (SAIGF) in Angola, and establishment of a formal training programme on Internet Governance at Wits University.

Expanding Africa Check Project to Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Africa Check, an independent non-profit organisation that promotes accuracy in public debate and media reporting, seeks OSISA support to expand its operations to three southern African countries – namely Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This follows the successful launch of their work in South Africa in October 2012.

Campaign for Access to Information in Swaziland

OSISA awarded a grant to the Media Institute for Southern Africa - Swaziland to mount a successful campaign for the passing of access to information legislation which would lead to transparency and accountability in public institutions, enhanced media freedom, and increased citizen participation in governance issues.

Conference on critical reflections on community radio in Southern Africa

OSISA awarded a grant to the Community Radios National Forum of Mozambique (FORCOM) to host a three-day regional conference that critically reflects on the challenges and opportunities facing the community radio sector in southern Africa.

Using community radio to address issues of gender-based violence and HIV in the SADC region

OSISA awarded a grant to Sonke Gender Justice Network to implement a project that will contribute to women’s empowerment and gender equality in two countries of the SADC region, namely: Malawi and Zambia. To this end, the project will seek to build the capacity of community radio stations to improve their programming in support of women’s empowerment, gender equality and GBV and HIV prevention.

Media monitoring project during the Congolese electoral period

The media has played an important role in the democratisation process of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In the run up to the November 2011 elections, the ability of citizens to access – especially state owned – media is of paramount importance.

The DRC’s media sector has grown significantly to now include, 213 radio broadcast stations, 107 television stations (state-owned, private and community stations), and about 250 newspapers and periodicals. These gains in media plurality are continuously undermined by the continued bribing of media.

Filming the human rights situation in Angola

This project seeks to address the issue of human rights violations in Angola, through the production of a film on the current human rights situation and conditions in Angola focusing on civil and political liberties as well on the social, economic and cultural rights of the excluded and impoverished citizens and communities.

The main goal of the project is to contribute to the reduction of human rights violations in Angola, with a particular focus on social, economic and cultural rights through visual information and images.

Institutional support to community newspapers

The main goal of the project is to provide institutional support to three local community newspapers to provide alternative information that contains local content that will inform and empower local citizens

This projects aims to provide continued institutional support to(3 community newspapers, 2 in Luanda (Cazenga and Cacuaco municipalities) and 1 in Huambo provinces to enable them continue reporting and publish local news and information that relates to the political, social and economic life in the communities, thus providing an alternative source of information.

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