Since the popular protest movement of December 2018, Sudan has been undergoing a period of democratic transition that has brought with it a sense of hope. In order for this to succeed, the media have a key role to play in making citizens’ voices heard in the political sphere, in particular the voices of young people and women, who are often excluded from decision-making processes.
In January 2020, CFI organised a forum in Khartoum, bringing together around 150 journalists and members of civil society and the political class to deliberate on possible action strategies that Sudanese media outlets could deploy to support this democratic transition.
The Kalimat Sudania project (“Sudanese Words” in Arabic) is the result of those discussions, with many partners on the ground. It strives to increase the inclusion of young people in public debate, strengthen local journalism and boost collaboration between the media and civil society, notably through local digital media.
- 8 media projects, supported by CSOs and/or youth-focused projects, in particular those launched by young people and women;
- 1 young journalist for each of the 8 supported media projects;
- 10 local trainers, tasked especially with guiding and supervising the 8 media project leaders;
- 16 CSO representatives;
- 64 journalists from 16 media outlets, in particular from radio and digital media (online media, news websites, online radio stations, etc.) from 8 priority Sudanese regions, and their editors-in-chief.
Assessment of the Sudanese media sector
Summary of studies conducted of the media sector in Sudan, notably to identify young people’s needs and expectations.
Support for initiatives in the media industry
• Selection of 8 projects from two categories of beneficiaries:
- media outlets or media projects supported by CSOs and/or platforms covering issues concerning young people;
- media outlets or media projects supported by CSOs and/or platforms set up and run by young people, especially young women.
• Financial aid to encourage production of innovative programmes for each of these 8 projects.
Aide financière pour encourager la production de programmes innovants pour chacun de ces 8 projets.
Training for media trainers
Selection and training of 10 Sudanese trainers in the media sector, so they can support and guide the development of the 8 selected projects and train local journalists.
Remote coaching and training workshops for journalists
- Five training sessions for the 8 selected project leaders: the fundamentals of journalism, innovative youth-appropriate content, fact-checking, etc.
- Programme consisting of four training cycles for journalists from 16 media outlets, in particular from radio and digital media (online media, news websites, online radio stations, etc.) from 8 priority Sudanese regions, and their editors-in-chief, covering four themes, with a multi-sectoral approach to women's rights-related issues.
- Remote monitoring and coaching of the beneficiaries of these workshops to produce innovative content.
Workshops on how the media operate
Workshops on how the media operate, for 16 CSO representatives.