Consortium to protect and promote human rights and media freedom in Sub-Sahara Africa
In Sub-Saharan Africa, Fojo Media Institute and five other organisations are jointly protecting the democratic space and building resilience for civil society organisations, human rights defenders and independent media.
The project is implemented by the Consortium for Human Rights and Media in Africa (CHARM), composed by: CIVICUS, Civil Rights Defenders, Defend Defenders, Fojo Media Institute, Hub Afrique, and Wits Journalism. The Consortium confronts the shrinking space with joint actions, by strengthening coalition building between civil society, media and human rights defenders.
Apart from the overall cooperation, Fojo Media Institute has developed a close cooperation with Wits Journalism, one of the leading media education centers in Africa, as well as with Africa Check, Africa Women in Media (AWiM) and Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN). Jointly, we are engaged in planning and implementing a number of activities to promote free, independent and professional journalism in Sub-Saharan Africa. Activities include conducting four studies related to the aims of the project, particularly on media and gender, investigative journalism hubs, journalism educations centres and sustainable journalism
strengthen fact checking initiatives by partnering with Africa Check, the leading fact checking institution in Sub-Saharan Africa
supporting regional gender equality and learning in the media sector by partnering with African Women in Media (AWiM)
establishing a consortium think tank to develop coalition building between media, civil society and human rights defenders with the other members of the consortium
initiating a project to develop and connect the leading journalism education centres with the leading investigative journalism hubs in Sub-Saharan Africa together with Wits Journalism
supporting investigative journalism in sub-Sahara Africa by partnering with the Global Initiative for Investigative Journalism (GIJN)
Establishing regional cooperation on innovation related to media development by creative media tech hubs in Sub-Saharan Africa
The project is funded by Sida (October 2019 to March 2021). Coordination support for the project is provided by CIVICUS.