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To give the media a greater role in the citizen-led control of public initiatives in Burkina Faso.
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Today, in the wake of the historic national and local elections that have just been held in Burkina Faso, the accountability of elected officials and decision-makers is regarded as a vital democratic necessity by increasing numbers of Burkinan citizens. The media, working alongside civil society, need to be able to understand this issue and then take stock of and report the population's expectations surrounding politics.
Launched at the beginning of 2015, the first phase of
Faso Media sought to help Burkinan media outlets as they processed news for citizens and of public interest. This second phase is now aiming to give the media a greater role in the citizen-led control of public initiatives.
If the media are to fulfil this democratic function, then news professionals will need to develop a strong knowledge of the institutions and control procedures that are currently in place, so that they can provide the people with news that is relevant to them. This will also require information providers and social actors to wholeheartedly commit to greater transparency in the management of public affairs, and offer citizens platforms on which they can express their requirements.
This project is assisting both the Burkinan media (radio stations, written and online press, television stations, bloggers and political cartoonists) and civil society (CSOs, activists, citizens) in tackling these issues. It involves a series of initiatives conducted at both a national level (investigative journalism training programme, open data learning, production of civics education programmes and discussion programmes focusing on the key issues faced by society) and a local level (regional synergies, interview practice sessions, media management, and so on).
UNALFA,journalists from 60 radio stations (privately owned local radio stations and public radio stations), from 4 privately owned television stations and from 10 written and online press organisations, 20 bloggers or internet activists and several civil society organisations (CSOs) from Burkina Faso, together with the citizens and the local authorities in the regions of Fada N'gourma and Bobo Dioulasso (pilot regions for part of the project).
1.Making the various actors in civil society (citizens, CSOs, the media, activists) and the local authorities (political and traditional) more aware of the concepts of citizenship and accountability
Setting-up of a scientific committee (civil society experts for providing advice and suggestions and mobilising citizens) and of an editorial committee (journalist-producers, CSOs and experts from specialist NGOs) ;
Discussion seminar between local elected officials, CSOs, media organisations and internet activists, and regular local discussion workshops in the pilot regions;
General knowledge training courses, so that journalists, bloggers and cartoonists can gain a better understanding of and deal with the issues linked with the citizen-led control of public initiatives;
Competition for magazines that raise awareness of citizenship and citizen-led control;
Civics education micro-programmes.
Consolidating the skills of Burkinan trainers: FasoMédias focuses on teaching
February 10, 2017
Two trainer-training courses were held concurrently at the start of the new FasoMédias phase: a course for training future radio-technician trainers (16 to 28 January) and a course to consolidate the skills of trainer-journalists (23 to 28 January).
FasoMedias 2 Key concepts in citizen-led control of public initiatives: addressing them, understanding them and implementing them
February 13, 2017
In the wake of the FasoMedias 2 launch seminar, 60 editors-in-chief, editorial cartoonists and bloggers underwent 5 days of general culture training in the field of key concepts in citizen-led control of public initiatives.
The second phase of the FasoMedias project, called FasoMedias 2, is now up and running and is concentrating on the role of the media and of civil society in citizens' education and citizen-led control of public initiatives.
2.Enabling citizens, through the media and in partnership with CSOs and (internet) activists, to identify and clearly express their requirements in the public sphere and to exchange ideas and effectively discuss issues with the local authorities
In the pilot regions:
Joint creation of programmes focusing on subjects of national or regional interest and citizen dialogue;
Training courses on debating ideas/advocacy for young people, leading to touring 'battles' (oratorical contests between citizens) broadcast by the media (radio, TV, internet);
Citizen demonstrations (Harmonie citoyenne – Citizen Harmony) with strong involvement from civil society, the media and local elected officials (debating contests for young people, programmes, concerts, production of music for raising awareness, political cartoons);
Training courses for television stations on how to produce specialist programmes with CSOs (reporting, work on sources, sets, etc.);
Training courses on radio interactivity;
Support for bloggers and (internet) activists, in partnership with the Burkina Faso Bloggers' Association.
The challenge of interactive citizenship
October 30, 2017
From 11 to 23 September 2017, three training sessions on radio interactivity were held in Ouagadougou as part of the Faso Media 2 project, conducted in partnership with UNALFA.
100 young Burkinans trained in citizen public speaking
November 23, 2018
In June 2018, as part of the FasoMédias 2 project, CFI and UNALFA (Union Nationale de l'Audiovisuel Libre du Faso; National Union of Free Audiovisual Media of Burkina Faso) organised two training courses in citizen public speaking and speechmaking for young people in Bobo-Dioualasso and Fada N'Gourma.
3.Enabling citizens, and in particular young people who have first-hand experience of the power they can hold by mobilising as citizens, to become involved in devising and trialling projects that take their wishes into account
Participation of young people in the production of programmes, in the devising of local projects, and in training and discussion workshops;
Training courses on debating ideas/advocacy for young people in the pilot regions;
Touring 'battles' (contests) or 'slams' involving young people, broadcast by the media (radio, TV, internet).
4.Helping the media and CSOs to more effectively exercise their rights in the citizen-led control of public initiatives
Practical workshops focusing on documentary research and research on the internet;
Training courses on interview techniques and investigative journalism;
Open data learning, data journalism courses at basic and proficient level (levels 1 and 2);
Assistance in setting up an innovative tool for the citizen-led control of public initiatives (Gouvernance Accès Facile – Easy Government Access), created by Tthe Balai Citoyen (Citizens' Broom) movement, lefaso.net, activists and developers, which makes it possible to follow meetings held between government ministers (concerning the allocation of public contracts, posts, etc.).
Investigative journalism training programme in Burkina Faso: call for applications
March 13, 2017
As part of the Faso Medias 2 project, which aims to give journalists and civil society a greater role in the citizen-led control of public initiatives by working alongside local elected officials, CFI and UNALFA – Burkina Faso's national union of free audiovisual media outlets – are launching a call for applications for an investigative journalism training programme.
Elected officials and civil society engaged in promoting citizen harmony in Bobo and Fada
July 4, 2018
Thirty local elected officials and thirty civil society organisations (CSOs) from Fada N'Gourma and Bobo-Dioulasso have received awareness training in citizen control of public action and been trained in communication techniques.
Burkina Info TV, the Burkina Faso media organisation promoting democracy
April 17, 2018
"One day in my media organisation" is a series of reports, which, each week, gives an account of the daily lives of people working in media organisations in Africa, the Arab world and South-East Asia, with the support of CFI.
1 day in my media organisation is a new series of reports, which, each week, gives an account of the daily lives of people working in media organisations in Africa, the Arab world and South-East Asia, with the support of CFI.
The Bobo “48 hours of citizenship” event ends on a high!
November 14, 2018
On 20 and 21 October 2018, the city of Bobo-Dioulasso came alive with the "48 hours of citizenship" event, organised by CFI and UNALFA (Union Nationale de l'Audiovisuel Libre du Faso; National Union of Free Audiovisual Media of Burkina Faso) in partnership with the municipal council.