South Sudan gained independence from Sudan on 9 July 2011 as the outcome of a 2005 peace deal that ended Africa's longest-running civil war. Being the youngest nation on Earth, the challenges are many. Corruption, impunity and lack of accountability is widespread and journalism has not yet developed into the watchdog so badly needed to assist in bringing accountability and good governance about. Fojo Media Institute was engaged in training journalists already prior to the referendum in 2011. Since then, we have been engaged in setting up the first Media Development Centre in South Sudan together with IMS and Norwegian People's Aid. However, as instability in South Sudan is increasing, the process has been put on hold and the future of the Centre is uncertain.
With funding from Sida, a 3-year series of in-house training, regional Training of Trainers for the Newsroom and business courses was designed using data from an in-depth consultation on training needs, launched at an international conference in January 2013. From 2013 to 2016 Fojo was working on this project with 14 independent exiled media outlets that broadcast and publish uncensored news to audiences in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tibet, Uzbekistan, Zambia, Zimbabwe and 3 media outlets that were in transition from exile to mainstream in Myanmar.