Namibia ranks 24th on the Reporters Without Borders' World Press Freedom Index, placing it in first among African states. Namibia's media landscape is diverse and is able to reflect views that are critical of the government. However, access to balanced information for many Namibians - particularly for young people, women and ethnic minorities - is limited. There is a striking gap between urban and rural areas. The farther people live from the capital Windhoek, the more limited their sources of information and the opportunities to develop informed opinions and communicate them. For many, the state-owned Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) is the only technically accessible source of information.
DW Akademie is working closely with community media and their umbrella network NCBN in order to promote social participation and access to information for people living in rural areas. DW Akademie's activities focus on the provision of basic journalism training, the development of new programming, audience research and strengthening media networking. To compliment these activities, DW Akademie is continuing its long-standing collaboration with NBC, where it provides support for the introduction of participatory formats for young people. With the recently established network MiLLi* - Media and Information Literacy Learning Initiative - DW Akademie is helping to train instructors who will be able to teach media skills in local youth initiatives. In addition, DW Akademie is working with the Secretariat of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), an organization which advocates transparency, freedom of the press and access to information throughout the region.
Funding sources: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), European Union (EU)
Country coordinator: Dani Leese
Operational locations: Windhoek, Gobabis, Oranjemund, Opuwo, Rundu, Katima Mulilo, Oshakati
Local partners: Namibia Community Broadcasters Network (NCBN), Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), College of the Arts (CotA) - Deportment Media, Arts and Technology Studies (MATS), Media and Information Literacy Learning Linitiative (MiLLi*)
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