Fojo Media Institute - somalia

“A programme that has totally changed the way I view my career”

Kin Omar Makaran 1 nyKin Omar MakaranThe very first leadership programme for Somali women journalists was launched this week in Nairobi, Kenya. The eleven Women in News Somali participants were thrilled after creating a career roadmap, networking with colleagues from the Somali regions and Kenya, and taking part in management and leadership training to advance their careers.

“It is a programme that has totally changed the way that I view my career, as I have a roadmap now. I have benefitted a lot form the WIN programme which will form the foundation for the development of my career”, said Kin Omar Makaran, Head of News at the Somali Cable TV.

Comprehensive support to strengthen Somalia’s media

Somalia's hard-pressed journalists are set to receive a significant boost with comprehensive support from Fojo Media Institute and Danish based International Media Support (IMS), a long-time partner of Fojo. 
The programme is budgeted at 75 MSEK of which the Swedish Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, is contributing with 49 MSEK.

Elections in Somalia bring new challenges for media workers

SO Election pix1 photo UNA woman dressed in the colours of the Somali flag. Photo: United NationsJournalists in Somalia are in full swing producing election-related news as the country prepares to vote for new leaders. However, covering elections also brings about a set of new challenges for Somalia’s media workers.

Fair elections are key to any peaceful and democratic development. And media in Somalia have a responsibility to advance and support a democratic development ensuring that even the most powerful are subject to critical coverage during times of election.

New media strategy sparks new hope in Somalia

Radio Shabelle presenter Photo Tobin JonesA presenter at Radio Shabelle reads the news. Photo: AU-UN ist/Tobin JonesFojo Media Institute has in a joint venture with IMS supported in the initial steps towards establishing a national strategic plan for media in Somalia. The strategy will not only contain guidelines for Somali media but also be a guiding document for new international media development organizations that enter Somalia.

-Somali media feel that chances and opportunities are getting better. Things are moving faster than I´ve seen it do ever before, say Somalia programme Coordinator of Fojo/IMS Abukar Albadri, who has been working in Somalia as a journalist for 15 years.

Pressmeddelande: Fojo stödjer media i Somalia

Pressmeddelande 8 augusti 2014

Medieinstitutet Fojo har i samarbete med det danska International Media Support (IMS) initierat ett brett stöd till mediasektorn i Somalia. Målet är att främja etablerandet av en oberoende, fri och professionell mediasektor i landet.
Läs hela pressmeddelandet här.


Somalia might be at a turning point, with prospects of changing a political and humanitarian crisis for peace, stability and development. However, the situation is fragile and Somalia is still considered a failed state and one of the most dangerous countries in the world.

In this context a free, independent and professional media is highly relevant to the Somali citizens. Not least from a peace building perspective as media has the potential both to incite and fuel conflict, and to defuse and contribute to resolving conflict.

2013 Fojo supported Puntland to develop its first media law that was passed by the cabinet. 

Fojo also drafted a Code of Conduct for elections reporting together with the Media Association of Puntland (MAP). 

Based on the experiences from Puntland Fojo and its partner International Media Support (IMS) are preparing for a broad media development programme in Somalia. The programme will be implemeneted in close partnership with Somali media and addresses the challenges of the sector in three focus areas: Media freedom, Media independence and Journalistic quality.

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Somalia: More female editors not enough

SO Somali Team jan 2017A group of 12 smiling women pose for the photographer, clutching a white certificate in hand.
The women are all journalists from Somalia and the smiles can be attributed to the fact that have just completed a leadership programme called ‘Women in News’ (WIN) and now have the paper to prove it too.
Behind them is a series of trainings and discussions aiming at empowering their professional journalistic skills and sharpen their leadership competencies.
Ahead of them is the exciting task of finding their own individual ways to incorporate all the newfound knowledge into their media careers.

Women in Somali Media

In connection with the celebration of the 250th anniversary of Sweden’s – and the world’s – first Press Act, the ’Women in Somali Media’ event was organized in Mogadishu by the Swedish Embassy, Fojo, IMS and UN Women Somalia.

A surprise visit by the Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin emphasized the importance of these issues for Sweden and Swedish aid.

"You can use your pen, you can use your microphone, you can use you camera to make a real big difference. But at a certain point you should not only be the one that reflect and tell the stories, but you also actually want to change the stories and that is where I came into democracy. The media is a powerful institution in any democracy, so your responsibility is a big as the politicians at this point of history of Somalia," said Isabella Lövin.

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