DW Akademie cooperates with media and education professionals to put the rural population in Namibia in the position to participate in society and have access to information.
For years now, Namibia has been Africa's number 1 in the international Reporters Without Borders ranking for freedom of the press and expression. Since the beginning of 2018 – after a continuous downward progression – the country has been ranked 26th internationally and 2nd in Africa.
Namibia’s media landscape is diverse and also reflects views that are critical of the government. However, access to balanced information – particularly for young people, women and ethnic minorities – is a luxury for many Namibians. There is a glaring gap between urban and rural areas. The further away people live from the capital Windhoek, the more limited their sources of information and opportunities are to develop informed opinions and express them. For many, the state-owned Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) is the only technically accessible source of information.
In order to promote civic engagement and access to information for people living in rural areas, DW Akademie is working closely with community media organizations and their network NCBN. DW Akademie’s activities focus on providing basic journalism training, consulting for the development of new formats, audience research and networking.
To complement these activities, DW Akademie is continuing its longtime collaboration with NBC, where it provides support for the introduction of participatory multimedia 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 local youth initiatives media skills.
In a regional project, DW Akademie supports the communication strategy and campaign work at the national offices of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), which are committed to transparency, media freedom and access to information in southern African countries.
Funding: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country coordinator: Dani Leese
Locations: all regions of Namibia, as well as the locations of MISA in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia
Local partners: Namibia Community Broadcasters Network (NCBN), Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), Media Institute of Southern Africa Namibia (MISA), College of the Arts (CotA) - Department Media, Arts and Technology Studies (MATS), Media and Information Literacy Learning Initiative (MiLLi*)
Focus: Political and legal framework, social participation, media laws, strengthening public media/ reform of state channels, freedom of information/ access to information from public authorities, civil society lobby for freedom of opinion, media literacy, participation of disadvantaged population groups, (local) participatory media offerings and citizen media, professionalism and networks in journalism
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