Stories from April, 2010
For the past three years, the Medellín-based project HiperBarrio project has focused on shining a light on different neighborhoods around the city. However, it has been the hard work of the project coordinators and the new bloggers, who have added life to the project. This is another interview with one of these bloggers, Yesenia Corrales, who will also be present at the Global Voices Citizen Media Summit in Santiago, Chile that will be held on May 6-7.
Thanks to some recent interviews we can learn more about some of the bloggers of Ceasefire Liberia, a grantee of Rising Voices, and their works. According to journalist cum blogger NatNyuan-Bayjay, the work of the Ceasefire Liberia bloggers is “helping shine a light on some of the social, political, and development problems that Liberia's young population are facing.”
Madagascar is still undergoing political turmoils and closure of business. The consequence is that the economic conditions of a lot of Malagasy people worsened. Many had lost their jobs, and were forced out of their rental homes. The recent arrival of the optical fiber submarine cable (EASSY) in Madagascar unfurls lots of opportunities for the promotion of ICT. Can ICT bring a solution to overcome despair in Madagascar? FOKO bloggers discuss.
As part of Rising Voices' outreach to potential applicants for our latest round of microgrant funding for citizen media projects in Egypt, which will be due on Friday, April 30, we will be offering a bilingual live chat for interested individuals or organizations. Please visit here on Wednesday, April 21 at 8 PM CLT (6 PM GMT/UTC) to participate as we answer questions from interested applicants.
During March 31 - April 03, 2010 AZUR Development concluded a training workshop as a part of the FTX (Feminist Tech Exchange) program supported by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC PARF). A number of girls and women from Brazzaville, Pointe Noire and Kinkala have participated in the training on the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to combat violence against women and girls.
Members of the Rising Voices grantee Abidjan Blog Camps participated in the Abidjan Barcamps 2010 in March. In that event its project leader Theophile Kouamouo advocated for an union of online content producers in Ivory Coast, which would seek to protect their production and their value.
Rising Voices, the outreach arm of Global Voices Online, in collaboration with the Heinrich Böll Foundation, is now accepting project proposals from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or individuals for microgrant funding of up to €2500 for teaching blogging, videoblogging, or other citizen media techniques to teach underrepresented groups in EGYPT. Deadline is April 30, 2010.
أصوات صاعدة تمول مشاريع متناهية الصغر لدعم صحافة المواطن في مصر يقوم موقع أصوات صاعدة، جزء من موقع أصوات عالمية على الإنترنت، بالتعاون مع مؤسسة هنرش بل، بقبول طلبات مشاريع للتمويل المتناهي الصغر من المنظمات الغير حكومية (الجمعيات الأهلية) أو الأفراد حتى 2500 يورو لمشاريع الإعلام الجديد في مصر. سيحصل...
The second phase of the ‘Empowerment of Women Activists in Media Techniques (EWAMT)‘ project started in Taizz city, a major city in Yemen located at the Southwestern highlands at an altitude of 1500 meters above sea level. In Partnership with the National Culture Center for Youth, EWAMT trained 15 female activists during 31 March- April 1st 2010 in Taizz City.
According to an agreement between the EPM Foundation Network and HiperBarrio from Colombia, activities in 3 new communities in 3 libraries of Medellín (Villatina, La Esperanza and EPM) were started. The Hiperbarrio -Convergentes members share this information and many more stories in their blogs.
"Nat's work changes lives in Liberia and beyond and is a constant reminder to me of why citizen media is important," is how Ruthie Ackerman, the founder of Ceasefire Liberia describes the work of Nat Nyuan-Bayjay, the project's blog manager. Nat will be on hand at the Global Voices Summit in Santiago, Chile on May 6 & 7 to share about his work.
During the Bolivian general elections on December 6, 2009 a number of Bolivian netizens used Web 2.0 tools such as blogs, Flickr, Youtube, Twitter and Facebook to share their perspectives of the election. This year on April 4th Bolivians are voting again to elect governors and mayors of different departments and municipalities and Bolivian citizen journalists are using the Ushahidi platform to report on the election using multiple tools like sms, email, twitter, web etc.