September 2019 - August 2022
Production and broadcasting of news for Syrian refugees
Since 2016, CFI has handled media issues for the European programme Qudra – conducted by the German development agency GIZ, in partnership with Expertise France and with mostly EU funding – which gathers and broadcasts useful information on daily life for Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon, as well as facilitating ties with hosting communities.
September 2019 - August 2022
Qudra 2 (meaning “capacity” in Arabic) helps to reinforce social cohesion and stability among these communities, mainly by sharing and publishing reliable, accurate information. In 2021, this information mainly focused on employment and education in Jordan, and social welfare in Lebanon.
In response to the pandemic, 15 animation videos were produced in Jordan, in collaboration with the Jordanian Ministries of Education and Employment, to raise awareness of the health measures to be taken, at school and at work, to lessen the risks of infection. These videos were broadcast on television to reach as large an audience as possible. In Lebanon, seven videos were produced with the Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs, providing advice for parents and carers, on topics such as child safety on Internet, family budgeting in times of crisis, stress management etc.
In 2021, Qudra 2 provided support for 59 journalists from Jordan and Lebanon, of whom 56% were women. Twelve workshops were organised on various themes: fact-checking, ethics in journalism, coverage of the refugee issue, protection for children, gender-sensitive reporting etc. journalism, and coverage of issues such as refugees, protection for children and gender-sensitive reporting.
“I am truly grateful to have participated in this wonderful training course. I have learned the knowledge, tools and skills needed to cover refugee stories in an ethical, professional manner. I was introduced to the notion of ‘‘empathetic journalism’’ and how to avoid hate speech when writing an article.”
Shefa’a Qudah, an independent Jordanian journalist (workshop on covering refugees’ stories)
In both countries, media outlets (Radio Al-Balad, Roya TV and Al Ghad in Jordan, and Raseef22, Beirut Today, Sharika Wa Laken, Daraj Media and Planet News Business in Lebanon) also received support for the production of video content and articles on the themes of cohesion, welfare, employment and education. They were published on the Facebook pages of the Together in Jordan and Together in Lebanon projects, targeting refugees and other vulnerable communities. This content has been viewed over two million times.
“This was a great experience. I was able to acquire skills and even find out about new legislation. I really loved the interactive presentation of the information.”
Hadeel Iskandar, journalist at Daraj Media in Lebanon (workshop on gender-sensitive media coverage)