What solution(s) does your initiative address to better the lives of girls and women by leveraging technology? (select all applicable)
Access to technology, Access to education/training, Access to economic opportunity.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
Radar is a new development start-up, founded this summer. Our first project is due to take place in Sierra Leone in October and we will use that experience to improve on our solution and take on board participants’ feedback in time for our project in South Sudan in March 2013.
We have already established partnerships and working relationships with BBC Media Action, the Guardian Foundation and South Sudanese media outlets which will secure a broadcast and multimedia platform for our trainees across the world. We are developing open sourced media training materials which are accessible to those with low literacy and sensory disabilities.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
Over the next 1-3 years this project will contribute to the following outcomes:
Challenge isolation and empower women and girls in South Sudan through media development;
Connect 60 new female citizen journalists to one another and to media outlets across the world;
Build local media capacity and independence;
Improve public awareness and coverage of South Sudan;
Improve the quality and richness of international media by adding to the diversity of voice;
Challenge gender stereotypes locally, nationally and globally;
Highlight and expand the reach of digital media in South Sudan;
Generate new data and research regarding access to technology.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
Poor mobile and internet connectivity can be minimised by offering guidelines for uploading content from a low connectivity setting and drawing on our partnerships to ensure connection lines are shared.
National or regional instability will need to be monitored through liaison with field partners and through Twitter and local media networks.
To ensure ongoing funding, we will build up a diverse funding portfolio using tools such as crowd-funding sites such as Kickstarter, Twitter and Facebook to expand our donor network.
To overcome language & literacy barriers we will ensure that material is translated into a range of local languages and audiovisual.
To help to remove the cost barrier of expenses incurred by the trainee in the media production, Radar will commission work for $15.
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