Two pilot sessions with Guinean media and civil society on the topic of health

February 13, 2017

Professionals from the media and CSOs (civil society organisations) came together between 12 and 23 December 2016 to discuss citizen-led control of public initiatives in the area of health.

The first workshop, from 12 to 15 December, offered the benefit of expert insights and testimonials on the legal and social legitimacy of citizen-led control of public initiatives, and was aimed at defining the scope of a joint initiative and confirming the decision-makers' commitment to working together. This training was set up by CFI in partnership with PROJEG (Programme Concerté de Renforcement des Capacités des Organisations de la Société Civile et de la Jeunesse Guinéennes, the joint programme for strengthening the capabilities of civil society and youth organisations in Guinea).

The second practical training workshop took place from 16 to 23 December and focused on the joint development of citizen-led control projects, giving 10 members of CSOs and 10 journalists from 5 different parts of the country the chance to work in pairs to establish a concrete plan for a sustainable project.

Both workshops were part of the Guinea Health News project run by CFI in 2016. By making use of the experience the journalists had gained in their training on how to tackle health-related news, the workshops made it possible to set in motion a collaborative dynamic between civil society organisations (CSOs) and the media in Guinea on issues of citizen-led control of and participation in public initiatives in the area of health.

In 2017, based on the outcomes of these two pilot sessions, CFI will be launching a new project to support the media and civil society in Guinea in partnership with PROJEG.