Madagascar is a country where Internet takes bigger and bigger place. Betwen 2007 and 2011, the number of internaut has quadriplued. People look after informations, jobs and several opportunities. Blogs can respond to these several needings however blogging word is quiet weel-known yet. There are bloggers whon leaved adventures because of a lack of motivation and recognition. That's why the idea of a “Madagascar Blog Awards” to contribute in the spreading of freedom of expression.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Describe the specific population with whom you will be working.
1- Malagasy Bloggers: spreading of their work, their innovation, their leadership, their citizenship
2- Citizen off/online: inform about what is a blog, how to create it, why is it important for daily life, for Madagascar?
3- Parteners: Internet providers (how to work with them for a better service,…)
Who else will be on your team to help implement the project?
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
1- A website which will allow webnautes an bloggers to nominate their favorites and will introduce the nominees
2- A Facebook Page, a Twitter account: to inform about the process and last news about the award
3- Instagram, Youtube, Tumblr: For videos and pictures sharing
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established or plan to establish that will contribute to the success of the project.
How many participants do you think will be trained in your project?
100 bloggers indirectly
25 bloggers directly
1000 citizens indirectly
Describe which technologies, tools, and media you will focus on when training participants.
Blogs are easy tools to talk about everything. Organising Madagascar Blog Awards will create a first impact on how these kinds of media are important. People online, citizen will be interest to kno more about blogs, especially malagasy blogs (written in malagasy, french or english) when they will hear about the award contest.
Describe the facilities where you will hold the workshops.
Madagascar Blog Awards will held in 2 parts:
1- The online party: people vote
2- The Award session: 2 days, the first day bloggers will share their stories to the public, there will also held a training session, a kind of imregnation on what really is the blogging word; the second day is the award ceremony for recognation the favorites bloggers via several votes.
What is your current relationship with the community with whom you plan to work? What makes you the most appropriate individual or organization to implement this project?
I am a blogger since 2010. I've noticed that there is not any kind of contest or award in the malagasy blogospher, so I've wrote this project.
What specific challenges do you expect to face when planning and implementing your project?
1- Find a good communicatin strategy
2- Asking people how they know blogs
3- Create a dynamic which became stronger however the Award ends
How will you measure and evaluate the project’s impact, specifically: your primary participants, the wider regional community, or the global digital community?
-100 blogs entered
-5 articles in newspapers
-10 minutes in a tv-show
-500 fans on Facebook
-300 followers on Twitter
If your project were to be selected as a Rising Voices grantee, what would be the general timeline of project activities in 2014?
1- Creating the website of the award
2- spreating of the award
3- Preparing the 2 days of the Award
Detail a specific budget of up to $2,500 USD for operating costs.
Cost of participant travel: 780$
Website creation: 500$
Besides the microgrant funding, what other support can Rising Voices provide for your project to ensure its success?
Advices, spreading the event, technical support.
RAVELOMAHAFALY Andriamihaja Guénolé